HP Newquist

Published by Bloodshot Books

The first novel from award-winning author HP Newquist explores themes of the unknown and the unseen. The book takes the reader on a journey to a small town where horrifying questions are answered . . .

What really lurks behind the things we fear? And perhaps more terrifying, is there someone controlling the things we fear?

"I’m not a fan of the frequently overused phrase “unputdownable” but there really is no other way to describe this book. This was easily a 5 star read . . . on my top reads of the year list." KENDALL REVIEWS

"One of the best books I've read in a very long time. Sent chills up my spine to where I thought I might need a priest . . ." HORRORBOUND Review



A mysterious car accident sets off a series of disappearances in a small and quiet town. An angry young husband, a lonely old woman, and a little boy last seen sleeping in his bed. All gone. Gossip spreads and townspeople claim there are rational explanations. So does Robert Garrahan, a writer who has a home nearby.

It remains little more than rumor until a desperate father tells Garrahan that his daughter will be the next to disappear. With a rambling story of monsters and strange rituals, the father tries to convince Garrahan that the town is rife with danger. Another freak accident forces Garrahan to look into the father’s claims.

His investigation reveals a seemingly normal village that hides a horrific past. An authoritarian priest who adheres to Biblical prophecies surrounding the mythical Behemoth, townspeople who turn a weary eye to the loss of a little girl, and whispers of a creature in the woods all conspire to keep Garrahan away. When he finally meets the girl’s mother, Garrahan comes to fear that he, too, will disappear in the strange town.

The Beginning . . .

Behold now the Behemoth that I have made along with Man.
Its limbs are as strong as copper, its bones as a mass of iron.
It ranks first among God's works . . .
Nothing on earth is its equal—a creature without fear.
The Book of Job, 40:15

There be creatures that are created for vengeance, which in their fury lay on deadly strokes. In the time of destruction they pour out their force and appease the wrath of Him that made them.
Ecclesiasticus, 39:28

The people shall be wasted with hunger, and devoured with burning heat and bitter destruction, and the teeth of beasts will I send upon them.
Deuteronomy, 32:24


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