See Clay McLeod Chapman do an in-person reading of his 2019 book reconstruction a The Overlook Film Festival It was one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen and it instantly made me a lifelong fan of his work, so I’m absolutely thrilled that his new novel, ghost eatersis already available in peculiar books!
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“In 2019, Clay McLeod Chapman made his horror debut with reconstructiona true crime-inspired story that explores how the real-life horrors behind urban legends permeate and inform society and pop culture, which Kirkus Reviews compared to The glow. chapman follow up in 2021, I whisper down the road—called a “riveting psychological thriller” by Pweekly editors in a featured review—centered on the McMartin preschool trial and the satanic panic of the 1980s that created a hysterical culture primed by paranoia to believe the unbelievable. Now, Chapman returns with ghost eaters (Quirk Books; September 20, 2022; $20.99), a gripping book that turns pages and uses a supernatural form of addiction to confront the complicated legacy of the South and the darkest corners of our psyche.
Erin knows that Silas has always wrestled with his demons, chasing high after high for as long as he can remember. Ever since her on-and-off college romance, Erin has been caught in the downward spiral of Silas’s battle with addiction, always there to pick up the pieces for her. Looking at the state of her own life, directionless and alone with the exception of Silas, she realizes that her friendship has taken its toll. When Silas texts her to get him out of rehab one more time, Erin realizes she can’t let him drag her down this destructive path any longer, even if it means cutting him off. Next thing she knows, he’s dead from an overdose.
Erin is consumed with guilt and crippling pain. She then learns that Silas had discovered a drug called Ghost, a pill that allows the living to see and interact with the dead. Desperate to ease her guilt, Erin agrees to a séance. The high is unlike anything she has ever experienced. Suddenly Silas is there, but Erin can’t reach him. After she leaves that altered state, the emptiness caused by Silas’s death is replaced by Erin’s overwhelming urge to go back and find him, not knowing that once she opens the door to the dead, anyone can walk through, and she won’t. there is a guarantee that she can close the door again.
As Erin returns to the real world, she is surrounded by the victims of Richmond’s brutal and bloody past who flock to her like a magnet, seeking a way to break through to the world of the living. As ghosts descend on Erin at every turn, all she wants to do is follow Silas deeper into the realm of the dead. She may keep chasing so high, but Erin may not be prepared for the horrors she has unleashed, and there may be no escape.
A perfect read for fans of Riley Sager’s psychological thrillers and Paul Tremblay’s haunting horror, ghost eaters is Chapman’s best book yet. Weaving an emotionally complex, chilling and unsettling meditation on the weight of history, pain and addiction, Chapman will gut readers to the core.”
[Cover was first shared by Night Worms!]