“With her chilling horror debut, Barnes presents us with a nightmare in space as a woman and her crew investigate a long-lost luxury space-liner.”
Mere days before losing her job, Claire Kovalik’s repair crew snags a weird distress signal. Last place she wants to be is Earth, so with nothing to lose, Claire sets a course to investigate the signal.
What they find comes as a shock. The Aurora, lost on her maiden voyage over twenty years ago, is a famous luxury space-liner. Every single passenger … vanished. The salvage claim alone could set Claire and crew up for life. But once onboard, they immediately know something’s just not right.
Movements at the corners of their vision, words scrawled on the walls in blood, strange whispers in the dark. With their sanity slipping fast, Claire and her crew have to find out what happened on the Aurora, before they meet the same fate.
Why we’re excited about this book:
S.A. Barnes isn’t exactly a first-time author. Writing YA Romance under her pseudonym Stacey Kade, Barnes’ first novel under her own name channels a long lineage of space horror among the likes of Alien, Event Horizon, and Dead Space. As Kade, she is the author of the Project Paper Doll series, Finding Felicity, Starlight Nights, and 738 Days, among others. With her chilling horror debut, Barnes presents us with a nightmare in space as a woman and her crew investigate a long-lost luxury space-liner. Alma Katsu (The Hunger, The Deep) says: “At the intersection of science fiction and horror, Dead Silence is the ultimate haunted house story.”, and T Kingfisher says: “This story slides and slithers from creepy and atmospheric to skin-crawling, edge-of-your-seat terror.”, and Publishers Weekly says: “Barnes plays nicely on human fears of both madness and of ghosts, carefully blurring the line between science fiction and horror … Those with a taste for blending genres will enjoy this combo.”.
Forthcoming 25 January 2022 from Tor Nightfire, Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes is available for pre-order now.