In the Shadows of Men

@ Robert Jackson Bennett (science fiction, fantasy)

A novella. Dust jacket illustration by Jon Foster.

In the desolate flats of west Texas, two brothers purchase an old motel with the intent of renovating it and making a fortune off the population surge brought about by the fracking boom. Though each man is lured there by the promise of wealth, they are also fleeing something: a history of trauma, of failure, of family abuse, and shame.

But the motel proves to have a history of its own. Once the business of a distant relative of theirs, Corbin Pugh, the brothers begin to discover signs that it might have been more than just a motel back during the wildcatter days of the last oil boom.

As they live and labor in its dusty halls, fighting the crawling feeling that they are not alone here, they begin to wonder: what kind of a man was Corbin Pugh? What happened in the rooms he owned, so many decades ago? And is the motel changing them, warping them to become more ruthlessly ambitious and brutal — or is this what men must become in order to survive on the edge of civilization?

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Release date: August 31, 2020
Genres: science fiction, fantasy
Expectation rating: 8.00/10
Total ratings: 7
Updated 2020-08-31