"A creepy, nightmarish debut...Fans of thrillers with a supernatural tinge will be pleased."
For fans of Stephen King, Ronald Malfi, and Lawrence Block, Hamelin Bird delivers a compelling meditation on addiction and fatherhood.
Former detective Michael Lunsmann is about to lose everything. Still in love with his ex-wife, estranged from his teenage son, and now fresh off the wagon once again, rock bottom has never felt closer. But things are about to get worse. Following another Father's Day disaster with his son, Lunsmann wakes from a drinking binge with a bullet in his arm and no earthly idea how it got there. That same night, four teens go missing at the hands of an elusive madman.
Drawn into the investigation, Lunsmann launches an effort to catch the killer. But to repair the damage to his family, he'll have to confront his own demons. When the most unlikely detective becomes the only man to crack the case, dark and sinister forces will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from surfacing.
Meet John Eberhart, age twenty-nine.
Occupation: assistant to the vice-president, ad agency, Mirocaw County, Missouri.
His morning starts like any other—a splash of coffee, followed by gridlock and smog and honking horns. But this morning, John Eberhart has taken an unexpected detour. When he spots the Hideaway Motel at the side of the road, he stops for the night.
But the Hideaway is a lot older than he could ever know, and the town in which it exists is not printed on any maps…
In the tradition of The Twilight Zone and Thomas Ligotti, Hamelin Bird delivers a surreal tale of one man’s perilous descent into madness—and, just maybe, his own place in a fractured world.
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THE KIDS AREN’T ALRIGHT…
A starry night glistening across the water. A weekend opening in a spread of angel’s wings, calling the feral hearts to dance. The cold touch of beer brings the night alive, and everything goes black.
Follow our humble narrator on a reckless journey of teenage bacchanalia, decadence, and dope, from the banks of the bluffs to the place where blood is spilled, where the nights turn homeward to madness and death is always near. In the end, it’s just another weekend on the edge.
Life in the fast lane. Dance on fire. Don’t lose your head.
“A few weeks earlier we’d drank too much Crown and sat up all night with a couple friends, talking about all the plans we’d made in the past three months to kill ourselves. She’d planned on doing it with a pair of lethal T-cuts to her wrists, while I’d planned on driving down to the bluffs and blowing my head in with a shotty filched from my girlfriend’s dad. Only then on the Big Day I’d heard “Tonight, Tonight” by The Smashing Pumpkins on the radio and got so excited about doing myself in that I got happy and backed out. So had Crystal, but I think her decision had something to do with getting her period.”
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In this speculative coming-of-age tale, Holden Caulfield gets a makeover and settles down in the Eighties. He doesn't know it yet, but he has a date with the dark side...
The year is 1987. Before the end of the Cold War, before O.J. and the L.A. riots and the World Wide Web. Hair is big, excess is in, and Weston Mercer is slowly losing his mind.
First, it's all so familiar. Evenings spent at the local oyster bar, followed by late nights in the pines, watching his cousin jam with his infamous band, Olympus. Days spent in a haze of drugs and classic TV and miso soup. And something else--a miserable sort of existence shrouded from purpose beyond the implacable pall of depression.
Then he meets a stranger who reveals things, dark things. Things Wes wishes he never would have heard. In the shadow of these darker truths, nothing can ever be the same...
Driven from home at eighteen, Coda has indulged a rambling, hippie-soul existence.
Now in sunny California, those freewheeling days are long since behind her, with no promises of a better life ahead. But her fortunes begin to change when she drops a new kind of drug bought off the dark web, her consciousness shattered as something sinister takes root from within, threatening to claw into our world.
Entangled in the lives of her neighboring tenants, Coda struggles to maintain her sanity while her mind expands into the greater beyond, thrust into a dread-spiral of madness as she plunges into the insatiable grip of DRENCROM.