We’re pleased to reveal the cover for HEX, the English language debut of the bestselling Dutch novel from Hugo and World Fantasy award-nominated author Thomas Olde Heuvelt. HEX, to be published by Tor Books in April 2016, combines horror and dark fantasy in a tale about medieval terrors and viral hauntings. Heuvelt has also written a Hugo-nominated Tor.com Original short story, “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket.”
Here’s the synopsis:
Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.
Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.
The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using hightech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.
This chilling novel heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in mainstream horror and dark fantasy.
HEX will be available in hardcover April 2016.