What begins as a clever, gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in The Supernatural Enhancements, Edgar Cantero's wholly original, modern-day adventure.
When twentysomething A., the unexpected European relative of the Wells family, and his companion, Niamh, a mute teenage girl with shockingly dyed hair, inherit the beautiful but eerie estate of Axton House, deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone — including A. himself. After all, he never even knew he had a "second cousin, twice removed" in America, much less that the eccentric gentleman had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window — at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him...
Together, A. and Niamh quickly come to feel as if they have inherited much more than just a rambling home and a cushy lifestyle. Axton House is haunted, they know it, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the secrets they slowly but surely uncover. Why all the suicides? What became of the Axton House butler who fled shortly after his master died? What lurks in the garden maze and what does the basement vault keep? And what of the rumors in town about a mysterious gathering at Axton House on the night of the winter solstice?
Told vividly through a series of journal entries, scrawled notes, recovered security footage, letters to Aunt Liza, audio recordings, complicated ciphers, and even advertisements, Edgar Cantero has written a dazzling and original supernatural adventure featuring classic horror elements with a Neil Gaiman-ish twist.
Edgar Cantero (Barcelona, 1981) is a New York Times-bestselling writer and cartoonist working in three languages. In Catalan, he was the promising author behind the award-winning debut novel "Dormir amb Winona Ryder" (Sleeping with Winona Ryder, 2007) before he lost the respect of the local book scene with his punk dystopian thriller "Vallvi" (2011). In Spanish, he is a long-time contributor to the often-trialed satirical magazine El Jueves. In English he is the author of the gothic mystery "The Supernatural Enhancements" (2014), the horror adventure "Meddling Kids" (2017), and the noir comedy "This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us" (2018).
His work, ranging from short stories to screenplays, often features badass female characters, colorful violence, dramatic weather, haunted houses, and ill-timed jokes. He lives in Brooklyn.