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The Twilight Pariah

|| All Maggie, Russell, and Henry wanted out of their last college vacation was to get drunk and play archaeologist in an old house in the woods outside of town. When they excavate the mansion's outhouse they find way more than they bargained for...

Trick or Treat: In Search of Obscure Horror Fiction

I see a lot of reading lists offered by readers and writers around Halloween time, which is great, but three quarters of them have different variations of the same works. It’s hard to avoid Stephen King, simply because there are so many terrific short stories you might choose. On the other hand, you also get a tsunami of H. P. Lovecraft, which, for my money, is akin to a fist full of Ambien. To each his own, I suppose. Very often the lists are packed with exciting contemporary horror writers reframing and reinvigorating the scene—Laird Barron, Paul Tremblay, Caitlin Kiernan, etc. You get the picture. These are the go-to writers and yet they’re well known by devotees of the field and widely read. All well and good.

But I remember that on Halloween, when my brother and I went trick-or-treating down the mean streets of West Islip, we never counted our night a success unless we’d managed to reach some distant, eerie, tree lined street we’d never seen or heard of before.

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The Twilight Pariah

All Maggie, Russell, and Henry wanted out of their last college vacation was to get drunk and play archaeologist in an old house in the woods outside of town. When they excavate the mansion’s outhouse they find way more than they bargained for: a sealed bottle filled with a red liquid, along with the bizarre skeleton of a horned child

Disturbing the skeleton throws each of their lives into a living hell. They feel followed wherever they go, their homes are ransacked by unknown intruders, and people they care about are brutally, horribly dismembered. The three friends awakened something, a creature that will stop at nothing to retrieve its child.

Three friends go looking for treasure and find horror in Jeffrey Ford’s The Twilight Pariah—available September 12th from Tor.com Publishing.

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