Sickness is in Season

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Pub Date 31 May 2022 | Archive Date 31 May 2022
Crossroad Press, Macabre Ink

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It is spreading, consuming, and destroying us all. Can you see it? Hear it? Feel it? There is a sickness here.

In Aiden Merchant’s latest collection, you’ll attest to obsession, hunger, domination, and other terrible things that will leave you without a happy ending.

In “Last Meal,” an astronaut must flee an assault of his scientific station, accompanied by the small alien specimen he’s been tasked to bring home. But when his escape capsule loses all power and communication, and his oxygen reserves begin depleting, survival looks bleak.

In “Just A Baby,” a diving instructor captures a small, unknown eel from the reef, only to learn it’s something far more dangerous. Not only can it multiply on its own, it grows much larger than the palm of your hand.

In “Camping Isn’t for Everyone,” a boy and his stepfather stumble upon a new species of beetle in the wilderness, hungry and quick. They’ll burrow under your skin before you know it, and feed upon your blood, muscle, and bone. Eventually, you’ll be nothing but a sack of skin.

You’ll be presented danger in all forms, as well questions of bravery and foolishness. What if a doorway to another dimension were to open before you? Would you step through and see what awaits on the other side? If you came in possession of a necklace that controls a powerful demon, would you make yourself a god and conquer? If you could bring back your dead child through the sacrifice of your partner, would you commit murder?

There is sickness all around us.

It is spreading, consuming, and destroying us all. Can you see it? Hear it? Feel it? There is a sickness here.

In Aiden Merchant’s latest collection, you’ll attest to obsession, hunger, domination...


Advance Praise

"Gruesome, funny, Sickness is in Season brims with a variety of unimaginable horrors you won't be able to turn away from." - Micah Castle (author of The Abyss Beyond the Reflection)

"Gruesome, funny, Sickness is in Season brims with a variety of unimaginable horrors you won't be able to turn away from." - Micah Castle (author of The Abyss Beyond the Reflection)

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Featured Reviews

Horrifying yet beautifully crafted, this is a collection worth making space for. A truly creative and macabre book, I are it up like a lollipop made from blood.

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A dark and delightful mix of stories to keep you entertained. There is something for everyone in this collection which ranges from human monsters to actual monsters and more.
“Birthing of Black” was a favourite! As an avid back country camper, I know the feeling of hearing a noise in the night, something’s eyes on you in the dark… do you investigate or retreat to the false safety of a flimsy tent?It was a gripping tale from beginning to end.

Thank you to the author and team for putting together this fantastic melting pot of short horror stories.
Thank you to the publisher, Crossroad Press, and net galley for providing me a copy to read & review.

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This collection hits a number of topics, and quite honestly, none are very happy. A lot of darkness and dread are within these pages.
Merchant isn't afraid to test the boundaries at times.
A few stories seemed like there was so much more to be told, and leaves you wanting more.

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