Look Out For … Below by Laurel Hightower

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“With her latest novella, Hightower gives us her own personal twist on the legendary Mothman, with the tale of a young woman faced with a terrible decision.”

Deep in the mountains of West Virginia, a recent divorcee begins to experience strange electrical problems. Stranded, she has to place her trust in a charming truck driver. She has to make one of the hardest decisions of her life when they come face to face with a weird creature with menacing red eyes.

Does she abandon the stranger who is keeping her safe—or does she go down below, where her reality has warped into a living nightmare?

How far would you go to help a stranger?

Why we’re excited about this book:

Horror readers should be no stranger to the work of Laurel Hightower. The author of Whispers in the Dark and Crossroads, Laurel’s short-fiction has appeared in such anthologies as Places We Fear to Tread, and Midnight in the Pentagram, and she also edited We Are Wolves alongside Gemma Amor and Cynthia Pelayo. With her latest novella, Hightower gives us her own personal twist on the legendary Mothman with the tale of a young woman faced with a terrible decision. Chris Sorensen (The Nightmare Room) says: ” Laurel Hightower has created a pulse-pounding nightmare filled with twists and turns. Buckle your seatbelt because this baby accelerates. It’s a slippery story—just when you think you’ve gotten ahead of it, you find you’re two steps behind. Below ticks off all the boxes: an eerie setting, a sympathetic main character, and a horror that will gnaw at the back of your head long after you put it down.”, and Izzy Lee (filmmaker, Innsmouth) says: “Hightower reinvigorates Mothman lore with Below. This lightning-paced, viscera-spattered nightmare zigs when you expect it to zag.”

Why Laurel is excited about this book:

“Below is my first creature feature—something I didn’t think I had the expertise to take on, but once the idea took hold it just poured onto the page. I’m both excited and apprehensive for people to read it, because it’s so different from what I’ve done before. Mothman is such an intriguing Cryptid, and I’m excited to add my own twist to the lore. I wanted to put something out that would be a fun and fast read, and I hope that’s what people get out of it.”

Forthcoming 29 March 2022 from Ghoulish Books, Below by Laurel Hightower is available for pre-order now. 


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