A Horror Comes of Age in Wild Spaces by S. L. Coney

We’re thrilled to share the cover of S. L. Coney’s Wild Spaces, an eerie, coming-of-age horror story as rich and humid as the Carolina coast. Wild Spaces will be available on August 1, 2023 from Tordotcom Publishing.

Robert R. McCammon’s Boy’s Life meets H. P. Lovecraft in Wild Spaces, a foreboding, sensual coming-of-age story in which the corrosive nature of family secrets and toxic relatives assume eldritch proportions.

“Can a horror story be beautiful? Wild Spaces tells a terrible truth in the most achingly beautiful way.”—Alma Katsu, author of The Fervor

An eleven-year-old boy lives an idyllic childhood exploring the remote coastal plains and wetlands of South Carolina alongside his parents and his dog Teach. But when the boy’s eerie and estranged grandfather shows up one day with no warning, cracks begin to form as hidden secrets resurface that his parents refuse to explain.

The longer his grandfather outstays his welcome and the greater the tension between the adults grows, the more the boy feels something within him changing—physically—into something his grandfather welcomes and his mother fears. Something abyssal. Something monstrous.

Cover design by Fort

S.L. Coney (they/them) obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology before abandoning academia to pursue a writing career. The author has ties to South Carolina, and roots in St. Louis. Coney’s work has appeared in St. Louis Noir, Best American Mystery Stories 2017, and Gamut Magazine.


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