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Years ago, in college, Owen, a man on the brink of suicide after losing his wife and baby daughter in a brutal drunk-driving accident, and Chloe, a dispassionate academic who believes in scientific research as a means to make the world a better place, took part in a ritualistic act in the woods. After, neither of them can remember exactly what happened that night, but darkness has since haunted them both.
Now, as adults living separate lives, the once minor manifestations from that night have grown into threats not only malignant and dangerous to them, but to all of humanity.
A surreal tale of horror and heartbreak, rife with dark oddities, wonderfully realized characters, and terrifying nightmares. Here the blind Guitar Man gives insane advice on the brink between reality and nightmare; eerie clones known as umbriates sneak into the world with murderous intent; and the once-imaginary being called Ozy is gathering strength and followers in his effort to rip through the very fabric of reality with the intent of dominance and darkness. And only Owen and Chloe can stop him.
"[Deininger's] tutelary spirits are Barker and Lynch, Carpenter and Cronenberg” (Peter Tennant, Black Static Magazine)
"Bradbury on acid." (Greg Gifune, The Bleeding Season)
"A twisted masterpiece." (Allan Leverone, Tracie Tanner Thrillers)
"A prodigious talent." (Jon Bassoff, Corrosion)