“Both quite humorous and viscerally horrifying, Edenville makes for a scary debut novel from a brand new voice in horror fiction.”
When his debut novel releases to disappointing sales and reviews, Campbell P. Marion struggles to find inspiration for his next book. Edenville College invites Campbell to join as a writer-in-residence, and now he thinks his luck has turned for the better. But Campbell’s girlfriend Quinn isn’t so sure. Edenville is close to where she grew up and she has good reasons not to go back home. But Campbell needs a mark in the win column and takes the job.
They soon realize something’s wrong in Edenville. Sure, there’s charming little old ladies out on Main Street, and beautiful sunflowers line the sidewalks, but there’s definitely something bad lurking under the surface. A series of weird and strange events start in Edenville affecting its residents, and Cam and Quinn find themselves at the center of a dark and disturbing history.
Why we’re excited about this book:
Horror readers need to get ready, because there’s a new voice in town, and he’s arriving just in time for spooky season. Sam Rebelein holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and his short fiction has been featured in such publications as Bourbon Penn, The Darklands, PseudoPod, Coffin Bell Journal, Dark Moon Digest, Human Monsters: A Dark Matter Anthology, and Best Horror of the Year: Volume 12. Rebelein also has a short fiction collection, Fifteen Smells for $12.99. Both quite humorous and viscerally horrifying, Edenville makes for a scary debut novel from a brand new voice in horror fiction. Lucy A. Snyder (Sister, Maiden, Monster) says: “Edenville is a delightfully gooey blend of gothic, cosmic, folk and body horror churned by a sharp-bladed critique of academia.”, and Todd Keisling (Devil’s Creek, Cold, Black & Infinite) says: “The mundane horrors of rural and academic living collide with pure cosmic weirdness in Sam Rebelein’s Edenville. Not since Jason Pargin’s John Dies at the End have I been so horrified and grossed out by a book, nor have I gleefully whispered “what the fuck” so much while turning the pages. I could say more, but honestly, the less you know about this book, the better. A fantastic debut. Go Crows!” Richard Thomas (Spontaneous Human Combustion) says Edenville is ” …Chuck Palahniuk mixed with Clive Barker and Stephen Graham Jones to create a funny, heartbreaking, original piece of fiction.”
Releasing from William Morrow 3 October 2023, Edenville by Sam Rebelein is available for pre-order now.