A neglected and abused little girl... A hopeless drug addict... Horrifying visions of bizarre beings that may or may not be human... A haunted desert refuge that could hold the key to everything... and all of it tied together by a mysterious jar that contains the secrets of good and evil, reality and nightmares, creation and death... and everything in between...
Following a family tragedy, Kayla, a twelve-year-old orphan, and Garty, a college dropout and junkie, are sent to spend the summer with an enigmatic uncle neither of them have ever known, at his palatial desert home in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the birthplace of the Atomic Bomb. While Garty struggles to come to grips with his reckless past, and Kayla attempts to discover her place in the world, their Uncle Xander reveals the true purpose for them being there.
Soon, dark secrets will be revealed. They will be shown things that will change their perceptions of the physical universe, because nothing is as it seems, and no one is safe from the terrifying secrets awaiting them. When the strange jar is opened, otherworldly horrors slip forth with ambitions of dominance, oppression and terror.
Eden will be reborn.
"Keith Deininger's GHOSTS OF EDEN is like Bradbury on acid. A terrifying tale from a remarkable new talent. Be prepared to have your mind blown." — Greg F. Gifune, author of The Bleeding Season
"Horror can work on so many levels. The words themselves can sing… as though music and darkness had been conjured into them, and not just an ordinary darkness, but a delirious, soaring darkness full of menace and mystery. It takes rare talent to wield such magic: Keith Deininger has the gift." — Robert Dunbar, author of The Pines and Willy
"Ghosts of Eden is as brilliant as it is disorienting. With the dark secrets of Los Alamos crawling over the pages, Deininger expertly crafts a tale which leaves us doubting our own perceptions. A terrifying novel from a prodigious talent." — Jon Bassoff, author of Corrosion and Factory Town
"A twisted, stylish, original tale that puts Keith Deninger up with the best folks writing dark fiction right now." — James Everington, author of Falling Over
"Keith Deininger’s Ghosts of Eden is a twisted masterpiece, a psychedelic journey through alternative realities, familial relationships and the mysteries of the mind. Spellbinding, horrifying and thrilling, Ghosts will draw you into a world unlike any you’ve ever imagined and hold you hostage until the final shocking scene... — Allan Leverone, author of Mr. Midnight
Keith Deininger is an award-winning writer and poet. He is the author of numerous works of short fiction, the novella Fevered Hills, and the upcoming novel The New Flesh (June 2013). He grew up in the American Southwest and currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife and their three dogs. People think he's weird (including his wife). He is a firm believer in the landscape of the imagination as a fuel source for the human experience (whatever that means). He is cynical and a skeptic.