“With his latest novel, D’Lacey turns his attention to a sentient, deadly, parasitic plant, hungry to take its place at the top of the food-chain.”
Fortescue Hall is home to Lady Cynthia Fortescue, and the headquarters of her global business empire. Pressure has been building constantly at the Hall, abused staff simmering with resentment, and of course Lady Fortescue’s rival sons, Jacob and Herbert.
On her birthday, the brothers vie for mother’s eye with lavish gifts. One such gift is a very rare and quite unusual seedling. Lady Fortescue’s head gardener, Pincher, becomes fascinated with the strange plant, but it soon disappears before he can get a closer look at it.
Then people start to go missing.
Fortescue Hall is infected. The plant, a genetically enhanced parasite, uses humans as hosts … and food.
Sentient, hungry. Everyone at the Hall now must fight for their survival, and the survival of the whole world, and Pincher might be the only one who can save them all.
Why we’re excited about this book:
Joseph D’Lacey has long established himself and one of the most hard-hitting writers of horror fiction working today. Author of Meat, Garbage Man, Roadkill, Blood Fugue, as well as the Black Dawn series and the short fiction collection Splinters, D’Lacey’s work often focuses on ecological and environment horrors caused by humans. With his latest novel, D’Lacey turns his attention to a sentient, deadly, parasitic plant, hungry to take its place at the top of the food-chain. Stephen King says: “Joseph D’Lacey Rocks!”, and Matt Cardin (To Rouse Leviathan) says this of D’Lacey’s work: “Dreadfully visionary. Appallingly inspired. One could wear out a thesaurus trying to articulate the singular fusion of qualities that has come to define Joseph D’Lacey’s work. Alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) horrifying, mesmerizing, shocking, unsettling, and beautiful, and always deeply intelligent, it’s utterly unlike anything else I’m aware of. It’s also utterly wonderful.”
Forthcoming from Horrific Tales Publishing 2 February 2021, Weed by Joseph D’Lacey is available for pre-order now.