The Crossroads at Midnight
by Abby Howard
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Pub Date 23 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2021
Winner of the 2021 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Collection
"Unsettling in the best way." — KIRKUS, Starred Review
"Wonderfully terrifying." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review
"Gets under your skin." — GEEK MOM
"Striking drawings and suspenseful storytelling." — io9
A masterful collection of tales from the faded border between our day-to-day world and the horrifying unknown on the other side of midnight.
An old woman living alone on the edge of a bog gets an unexpected — and unsettling — visitor, throwing her quiet life into a long-buried mystery. An isolated backwoods family stumbles into good fortune for a time with a monstrous discovery in the lake behind their house, but that time is running short. And a misfit little girl, struggling to make friends, meets an understanding soul one day at the beach: but why will he only play with her alone at night? All these lonely souls — and more — have reached out into the darkness, not knowing what they might find.
Around the dark edges of reality lurk unknown beings with unknowable intentions — ordinary objects can become cursed possessions, entities who seem like friends can become monstrous, and those who seem monstrous can become the truest companions. In this collection of evocative, unnerving slice-of-life horror, five stories explore what happens when one is desperate enough to seek solace in the unnatural, and what might be waiting for us at the Crossroads at Midnight.