by Brian Hodge | :: Jump to Buy Links ::
We each inhabit many worlds, often at the same time. From worlds on the inside, to the world on a cosmic scale. Worlds imposed on us, and worlds of our own making.
In time, though, all worlds will end. Bear witness:
- After the death of their grandmother, two cousins return to their family’s rural homestead to find a community rotting from the soul outward, and a secret nobody dreamed their matriarch had been keeping.
- The survivors of the 1929 raid on H.P. Lovecraft’s town of Innsmouth hold the key to an anomalous new event in the ocean, if only someone could communicate with them.
- The ultimate snow day turns into the ultimate nightmare when it just doesn’t stop.
- An extreme metal musician compels his harshest critic to live up to the hyperbole of his trolling.
- With the last of a generation of grotesquely selfish city fathers on his deathbed, the residents of the town they doomed exercise their right to self-determination one last time.
- As history repeats itself and the world shivers through a volcanic winter, a group gathers around the shore of a mountain lake to once again invoke the magic that created the world’s most famous monster.
With Skidding Into Oblivion, his fifth collection, award-winning author Brian Hodge brings together his most concentrated assortment yet of year’s best picks and awards finalists, with one thing in common:
It’s the end of the world as we know it . . . and we don’t feel fine at all.
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Praise for Brian Hodge
“The Immaculate Void is a highly cinematic, fast-paced, gory, disturbing, yet in its heart of hearts, touchingly warm tale of horrors which may surpass humanity, but does not entirely diminish it, even in the face of apocalypse.”
“A writer of spectacularly unflinching gifts . . . leaves most contemporary horror writing in the dust.”
“One of the finest authors in the horror field . . . a literary equivalent of filmmaker David Cronenberg.”
“Not only does Brian Hodge get the ‘cosmic awe’ concept nailed down, but his characters, and the way he describes the relationships between them, are expertly drawn to a degree that [H.P.] Lovecraft himself could never have achieved.”
—The British Fantasy Society
“Emotional, thrilling, and dread-inducing . . . Brian Hodge is clearly a master craftsman of a writer.”
—This Is Horror UK
“Each book of his stands out as so ‘original,’ that I’d have a difficult time in saying which was my personal favorite. . . . It’s his writing style, combined with his incredible imagination, which makes his books so consistently good.”
—Horror After Dark
“Brian Hodge has long been a favorite of horror insiders, both for his audacious themes and his impressive facility with language. . . . You can hear the music in Hodge’s prose, a kind of euphony that, at its best, is reminiscent of Brite, Koja, Gaiman, or even Roger Zelazny, while remaining totally unique.”
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