“With his latest, Davidson sticks to his southern gothic roots, quite literally in some instances, with body-horror galore in a story that lingers long after the last page is turned.”
When Nellie Gardner learns she inherited her grandfather’s turpentine estate, she was already looking for a change in her life. Running from her abusive husband, she throws everything she can grab in a bag and heads to Georgia with her eleven-year-old son Max.
The estate is a run-down old farmhouse on a thousand acres of pine forest. Nevertheless, Nellie is excited about a fresh start. At first, she doesn’t hear the strange scratching sounds in the walls, the faint whispers, and how quiet the forest is. But Max can see the things his mother can’t see. He knows they’re no safer in their new home than they were in South Carolina … things may actually be worse.
There’s something wrong, something lurking under the soil, something ancient, with the power to corrupt and destroy. Something very hungry. It is the legacy Nellie inherited, her own blood granting the key.
Why we’re excited about this book:
Readers should be very familiar with the work of Andy Davidson. He’s quickly becoming the go-to author when it comes to Southern Gothic Horror fiction. The author of The Boatman’s Daughter and In the Valley of the Sun, his short fiction appears in The Hideous Book of Hidden Horrors and the forthcoming Human Monsters: A Horror Anthology. Davidson also guest edited the Southwest Review August 2021 Halloween issue. With his latest, Davidson sticks to his southern gothic roots, quite literally in some instances, with body-horror galore in a story that lingers long after the last page is turned. Paul Tremblay (The Pallbearers Club) says: “The Hollow Kind is a gloriously wild, twisted family saga with buckets of body horror and is going to mess you up good.”, S.A. Cosby (Razorblade Tears) says: “Andy Davidson is quickly establishing himself as the newest master of southern gothic horror. The Hollow Kind seeps into your subconscious and waits for you in your nightmares.”, and T. Kingfisher (What Moves the Dead) says: “A deep, dark story of family secrets and inherited horrors, Andy Davidson’s The Hollow Kind is as gripping and twisted as old tree roots―you can practically smell the creosote and longleaf pine. This one kept me up, turning pages long into the night.”
Releasing from Macmillan 11 October 2022, The Hollow Kind by Andy Davidson is available for pre-order now.