“With Lyons’ latest, reunited siblings headed home have the road trip from Hell, forced to outrun a mysterious stranger and unimaginable horrors in the Nevada desert.”
Brother and sister Jonah and Nell Talbot were once inseparable. Then Jonah left town twelve years ago and the sibling couldn’t be more distant. Now divorced, Jonah reunites with Nell for a road trip back home.
Destination: Albuquerque, and maybe they can patch things up on the way.
But after a weird accident at an abandoned industrial site in the desert, Nell starts having strange visions, and other horrifying symptoms. Something is happening to Nell, she’s changing before Jonah’s very eyes.
Followed by a stranger who seems to know more about Nell’s condition than they say, the siblings try to escape the desert and find a way to stop what’s happening to Nell. But there are things even worse waiting for them in the desert, and for Jonah, one thing is chillingly clear: It’s not only Nell in there anymore.
Why we’re excited about this book:
Newcomer in the horror scene Matthew Lyons’ debut novel put him on everyone’s radar in 2020, now he’s back two years later with his sophomore effort. The author of The Night Will Find Us, Lyons’ short fiction has graced the pages of Kzine, Black Dandy, Rock and Hard Place: Issue 6, and Terror at 5280′, and has appeared in the 2018 edition of Best American Short Stories among others. With Lyons’ latest, reunited siblings headed home have the road trip from Hell, forced to outrun a mysterious stranger and unimaginable horrors in the Nevada desert.
Fred Venturini (To Dust You Shall Return) says: “Horror is at its best when hearts are broken alongside the things going bump in the night, and Matthew Lyons’ A Black and Endless Sky delivers—prepare to be thrilled, touched, and scared shitless in this sprawling tale you’ll wish was as endless as the ominous sky in the title.”, and Richard Thomas (Spontaneous Human Combustion) says: “In A Black and Endless Sky, Matthew Lyons has written a lush, unsettling, visceral story that is Lovecraftian and uncanny, yet touching and endearing. This is a powerful, immersive experience.” Laurel Hightower (Crossroads, Whispers in the Dark) says: “A Black and Endless Sky builds tension from the first page, delivers a powerful left hook, then pulls readers into the tumultuous lives of Nell and Jonah. From there it’s a well-blended mix of action, noir, horror, and compelling humanity. Matthew Lyons is swiftly establishing himself as a master of gritty, dark noir, with his own brand of clear-eyed, effective character study. A talented author.”
Forthcoming 15 March 2022 from Keylight Books, A Black and Endless Sky by Matthew Lyons is available for pre-order now.