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Everything the Darkness Eats

A novel by

2023 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel (nominee)

A haunting and horror-filled tale of loneliness, trauma and spiritual yearning from the award-winning author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke and Other Misfortunes.

An insidious darkness threatens to devastate a rural New England village when occult forces are conjured and when bigotry is left unrestrained. After a recent string of disappearances in a small Connecticut town, a grieving widower with a grim secret is drawn into a dangerous ritual of dark magic by a powerful and mysterious older gentleman named Heart Crowley. Meanwhile, a member of local law enforcement tasked with uncovering the culprit responsible for the bizarre disappearances soon begins to learn of a current of unbridled hatred simmering beneath the guise of the town's idyllic community—a hatred that will eventually burst and forever change the lives of those who once found peace in the quiet town of Henley's Edge.

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"A colossal feat of imagination and moments of pure magic delivered with style and tenderness in a way that gives Gaiman a run for his money." - Gemma Amor

"After already conquering short stories and novellas, it should be no surprise that more Eric LaRocca is even better. With his novel-length debut, he promises us a feast fit for Darkness itself, and, my God, does he deliver." - Nat Cassidy

"LaRocca looks at the passive violence and prejudice underlying small town life with an unblinking eye, revealing how it can erupt into something truly monstrous - and then he somehow grafts that together with something profoundly dark and supernatural to create a unique and deadly beast of a novel with a double row of very sharp teeth." - Brian Evenson

"Sherwood Anderson this isn't. In Everything the Darkness Eats, Eric LaRocca has created a truly modern horror story that boldly illuminates the harsh realities of life in contemporary small town America. His Henley's Edge is not your stereotypical community where everyone's a neighbor and every neighbor's a friend. It's a town where depression and loneliness thrive, where intolerance and bigotry undermine civic institutions, where isolation turns even loved ones into strangers. Horror fiction doesn't get more emotionally raw than this. A smart, sharp read with echoes of King's Needful Things and Barker's The Damnation Game, Everything the Darkness Eats not only has one hell of a good title, it's one hell of a good book." - Bentley Little

"Everything the Darkness Eats is an emotionally devastating novel of unflinching violence, lost souls, and cosmic horror. Eric LaRocca's prose sings and his characters are heart-achingly true. Another brilliant work from one of horror's fastest-rising talents." - Tim Waggoner

"LaRocca has conjured for us a mad, beautiful tale of dark magic, trauma and love, and how these things intertwine - this is an author in command of powerful narrative sorceries, and is deserving of your immediate attention." - Chuck Wendig

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