Out Now from Parliament House Press
Spanish Edition coming from Dilatando Mentes Editorial in 2022
If Ye Give Not Willingly, The Lords Will Rise…
In 1913, Henry Hamilton disappears while on a business trip, and his sister, Sorrow, won’t rest until she finds out what happened to him. Defying her father’s orders to stay home, she travels to Tidepool, the last place Henry is known to have visited.
Tidepool’s a small, run-down ocean town with an oddly large cemetery, and the residents can’t quite meet Sorrow’s eyes when she questions them about Henry. After corpses wash up on shore looking as if they’ve been torn apart by something not quite human, Sorrow’s ready to return to Baltimore and let her father send in the professional detectives.
But then she encounters Mrs. Ada Oliver, a widow whose expensive black silk dresses and elegant manners set her apart from other Tidepool residents. A visit to Mrs. Oliver’s home and a terrifying encounter with the “daughter” Mrs. Oliver keeps in the basement lead to Sorrow’s discovery of Tidepool’s dark secret and her brother’s fate.
Sorrow wants to get justice for Henry, but doing so could doom all the town’s residents. And some denizens of Tidepool—human and otherwise—are hell bent on making sure Sorrow never leaves.
Cover by Shayne Leighton.
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“Willson’s plot hits all the right beats…Devotees of cosmic horror will enjoy this woman-centered take on familiar tropes.”—Publishers Weekly
“Dank and suspense-filled, with a Lovecraftian flavour.”—Imogen Russell Williams, Metro
Named a Debut to Watch in “Frights and Delights: 60 Horror Titles To Thrill Readers” in Library Journal, July 2021
“Tidepool is a creepy and absorbing page-turner. Highly recommended.”—Fantasy Book Critic
Featured in Tor Nightfire’s All the Horror Books We’re Excited About in 2021 and Cultured Vulture’s 10 New Horror Books to Scare Your Pants Off in 2021. Also featured in Metro’s “Spine-Chillers: Scariest New Books for Halloween.”
My short story “Christmas Every Day,” about touching family reunions, spoiled children, and revenge, is featured in this scary, merry anthology published by Cemetery Gates Media and edited by Gabino Iglesias (Coyote Songs). The theme of the anthology is “One of those cheesy, sugary holiday Hallmark movie situations…gone very, very wrong.” This was fun to write for, fun to read, and fun to be a part of.
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