Today, dear fiends and friends, marks the release of S.H. Cooper’s fantastic novella, The Festering Ones.
A monster lurking in the mountain.
A mysterious cult seeking a doorway.
An otherworldly evil waiting to be unleashed.
Faith York was a young girl when she saw her father dragged into the ground by a spider-armed woman, never to be seen again. Twenty years later, the events of that day continue to haunt her, and her need for answers has only grown stronger with time. After her estranged mother’s death forces her to return home, old wounds are reopened and Faith finally decides to face her demons. What started as a search for closure soon pits her against a shadowy cult known as The Gathered and the eldritch beings they worship. With reality becoming more blurred by the day and the thousand eyes of an alien deity fixed on her, Faith must decide if the dark secrets of White Crow Mountain are really worth losing herself over.
(From the author’s website)
S.H. Cooper is a Florida based author with a penchant for horror. She has penned short story collections, co-wrote the podcast, Calling Darkness, and is a regular contributor to the award winning anthology series, The NoSleep Podcast. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, pets, and a cup of Earl Grey.
Without a doubt, this is a novella all horror fans should read. It’s fast paced, engaging, with strong female characters, and has hooks which will dig into your skin without letting you go. There isn’t a moment where you’d wish things would hurry up, not a second where you won’t be enthralled by what’s happening. Faith is a protagonist uncertain of her past, and unclear about her future, but she won’t stop until she discovers what, exactly, happened to her father all those years ago. And on the way, she picks up other allies, all looking for answers, all looking for their own end to the nightmare they’ve found themselves in.
With monstrous horrors, a creepy cult, and otherworldly gods lurking on the edge, the tension remains high throughout, and the only way to find out if Faith actually survives is to keep reading.
This is definitely a book worth picking up, so what are you waiting for? Go check it out, and while you’re at it, why not take a look at S.H. Cooper’s other books, or her podcast (co-written with Gemma Amor) Calling Darkness? You seriously won’t be disappointed.
And if you do read the novella, or listen to Calling Darkness, let me know what you think!