“With her latest, Yardley presents a strange and disturbing Gothic tale showing us sometimes you can never go home again.”
When she was sixteen years old, Cherry LaRouche finally rid herself of the clutches of her hometown, Darling, Louisiana. Now, returning to Darling after her mother’s death, Cherry and her children are forced to move into her childhood home.
There, she hears whispering in the walls, and a strange skittering across the roof after the sun goes down.
As hard as she tries to settle back home, evil is everywhere, spreading its tendrils. After the bodies of several murdered children turn up, Cherry’s own daughter goes missing. Now she must confront the evil head-on, and destroy the real monsters of Darling.
Why we’re excited about this book:
Stoker Award-winning Las Vegas writer Mercedes M. Yardley has built a formidable body of work over the past few years. The author of Pretty Little Dead Girls, Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, Little Dead Red, and Nameless: The Darkness Comes, she’s collaborated with John Boden with Detritus in Love and her short fiction has been featured in such anthologies as Lullabies for Suffering, Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors, Under Her Skin, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, and Arterial Bloom, among others. With her latest, Yardley presents a strange and disturbing Gothic tale showing us sometimes you can never go home again. Catherine Thureson (Forward Review) calls Darling “Frightening and familiar … Darling is an unflinching horror novel—an unsettling story about what constitutes true evil.”, and Diane Donovan (Midwest Book Review) says: “Horror literature readers and fans who want more than just a story of evolving evil will find much to like in Darling, a gothic horror piece that follows one woman’s departure, return, and struggle to survive her decisions.”
Releasing from Black Spot Books 23 August 2022, Darling by Mercedes M. Yardley is available for pre-order now.