“Thoroughly unsettling. Ballingrud knows exactly how to crawl his way under your skin.”
“Ballingrud is a powerful, mesmerizing writer, and The Visible Filth proves he can frighten with the best of them. If I weren’t already jealous of what he can do, I would be now.”
Simon Strantzas, author of Burnt Black Suns
“Inside it’s all just worms.”
When Will discovers a cell phone after a violent brawl his life descends into a nightmare.
Affable, charismatic and a little shallow, he’s been skating across the surface of life in a state of carefully maintained contentment. He decides to keep the cell phone just until the owner returns and everything changes. Then the messages begin.
Will’s discovered something unspeakable and it’s crawling slowly into the light.
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Cover Artwork by Pye Parr
Publication Date: 31 March 2015
Further Praise for The Visible Filth
“This is one of those stories you read so you can get to the end so it’ll stop scaring you. The problem with The Visible Filth is that it doesn’t go away so easy. In your weaker moments some of this imagery will rise, then stick around even when you close your eyes. So go on, open this book up. You won’t be forgetting it any time soon.”
Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Elvis Room
“By witnessing, we become complicit. In Nathan Ballingrud’s unsettling and captivating novella, The Visible Filth, a simple act, a bit of curiosity, turns into something much darker—a poison that seeps into our flesh, unable to look away, a plague brought forth, the page becoming our undoing.”
Richard Thomas, author of Disintegration
“If you didn’t gag while reading The Visible Filth, you’re a tougher man than I. Ballingrud’s cautionary tale of what happens when you stick your nose where it doesn’t belong will stick with you for a long, long time.”
ROBB OLSON, BOOKED. PODCAST
“Deeply sinister, potent and grotesque.”
RJ BAYLEY, POPCORN HORROR
“Ballingrud is a master at writing about the darkness inside us. And as terrifying as it might be to see, you can’t look away or close your eyes against it thanks to his beautifully precise and evocative prose. There’s a dark heart to The Visible Filth and Ballingrud uses its blood for ink to tell a story that really gets under your skin, or rather calls to something that might already be there. Fantastic work, highly recommended.”
Ray Cluley, award-winning author of Shark! Shark!
“This isn’t the type of horror you can easily categorize, put inside a box and say, ‘THIS. This is what makes this story scary.’ The Visible Filth is deeply unnerving and you’re not sure why. It has all the requisite thrills and chills, but it’s what’s under the surface that will be your undoing.”
Joshua Chaplinsky, LitReactor.com
In The Media
- LITREACTOR features The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud
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- STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES lists The Visible Filth in his Best of 2014 list
- Interview with HELL NOTES
- POPCORN HORROR review The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud
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About The Author
Nathan Ballingrud is an American writer of horror and dark fantasy. His first book, the short story collection North American Lake Monsters, was published in 2013 by Small Beer Press to great acclaim, including winning the Shirley Jackson Award and being shortlisted for the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker awards. He lives in Asheville, NC, with his daughter.