You wouldn’t think events happening years apart, at points in the solar system hundreds of millions of miles distant, would have anything to do with each other.
When she was six, Daphne was taken into a neighbor’s toolshed, and came within seconds of never coming out alive. Most of the scars healed. Except for the one that went all the way through.
“You wouldn’t think that the serial murders of children, and the one who got away, would have any connection with the strange fate of one of Jupiter’s moons.”
Two decades later, when Daphne goes missing again, it’s nothing new. As her exes might agree, running is what she does best . . . so her brother Tanner sets out one more time to find her. Whether in the mountains, or in his own family, search-and-rescue is what he does best.
“But it does. It’s all connected. Everything’s connected.”
Down two different paths, along two different timelines, Daphne and Tanner both find themselves trapped in a savage hunt for the rarest people on earth, by those who would slaughter them on behalf of ravenous entities that lurk outside of time.
“So when things start to unravel, it all starts to unravel.”
But in ominous signs that have traveled light-years to be seen by human eyes, and that plummet from the sky, the ultimate truth is revealed:
There are some things in the cosmos that terrify even the gods.
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Praise for Brian Hodge
“In his fifth short fiction collection, Skidding Into Oblivion, Brian Hodge offers readers eleven atmospheric stories in which readers can immerse themselves. The opening story “Roots and All” is perhaps one of the best stories I’ve ever read. . . . Hodge’s story is truly gripping and the imagery he creates is a marvel to behold. It’s impressive how the prose simultaneously evokes mood, conveys background, and advances the plot—all while seeming conversational and matter-of-fact. So much so that you don’t see the emotional wallop coming until it hits you in the heart.”
—John DeNardo, Kirkus Reviews
“There are many more great stories to encounter in [Skidding Into Oblivion], many more unnatural fears to stare down and overcome. I suggest you buy this book and get started. Be warned though, skidding into oblivion is thirsty work.”
—The Miskatonic Review
“Horror fiction aficionados—often authors themselves—have been raving about the work of novelist and short story writer Brian Hodge for decades now, though he’s yet to break through to the mainstream. This new collection gives readers a chance to jump on the still un-crowded bandwagon to find out what all the fuss is about. Skidding Into Oblivion contains 11 of Hodges’ recent short stories, and as he explains in a series of end notes, the collection reflects his ongoing interest in “cosmic horror,” a fecund subgenre pioneered by H.P. Lovecraft and other pulp writers of the mid-20th century in which the very landscape itself and the stars above are revealed as the locus of human fear. Hodges employs the genre’s tropes to masterful effect here, creating tightly plotted, atmospheric tales that are a joy to read.”
—James Grainger, The Toronto Star
“[The Immaculate Void], Hodge’s gripping new novel . . . is a fine display of Hodge’s skills as a writer, particularly his ability to combine the cosmic and the personal, the sublime and the intimate.”
—Locus Magazine, “John Langan Reviews The Immaculate Void by 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.”