Smoke, in Crimson, by Greg F. Gifune

Smoke, in Crimson, by Greg F. Gifune

  • Author: Greg F. Gifune
  • Artist: Kealan Patrick Burke
  • Pub. Date: October 2023
  • ISBN: 978-1-58767-930-8
  • Status: In-Stock




"The best writer of horror novels and supernatural thrillers at work today." - Christopher Rice

About the Book:

"Haunted by his dark past and an array of addictions that destroyed his life, Deacon is a man adrift, a lost soul trying to piece back together all that’s been lost. One of his darkest addictions was his relationship with the sexy, enigmatic and seductive Fay Dillon. But their time together ended in horror and sorrow, so when Deacon receives a call informing him Fay’s gone missing, he returns to the small beach town where he grew up, and the cottage on the dunes Deacon and Fay once shared years before. A place of drunken, drug and sex-fueled binges, it summons all the madness of his time there, and drags Deacon back into the tempest that is Fay Dillon.

And this time there may be no escape, because Deacon knows who Fay really is. What she is. What he is. What they both may still be. To find the answers, Deacon must not only return to the cottage, but to the bleakest, darkest parts of nearby Boston, and the depraved underground circles they ran in years earlier, where drugs, alcohol and sex were far from their only compulsions. And now, amidst a whirlwind of black magic, unthinkable violence and the demonic horrors of their past, Deacon must confront both the blood on Fay’s hands, and his own.

He’s about to realize Fay’s not missing at all, but waiting. Elusive as smoke, she waits for him, for those who awaken and watch from the shadows, and for the flow of blood that forever binds the past to the present and the present to the future.

Love hurts…when it’s to the death.

Published as a trade paperback:
• Printed on 60# acid-free paper
• Featuring full color cover artwork
• Retail price $18.99

Greg F. Gifune is a best-selling, internationally-published author of several acclaimed novels, novellas and two short story collections. He has been described as "The best writer of horror and thrillers at work today" by author Christopher Rice, "Among the finest dark suspense writers of our time" by author Ed Gorman, and "One of the best writers of his generation" by author Brian Keene. Working predominantly in the horror and crime genres, Gifune’s work has been translated into several languages, received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal and others, and is consistently praised by readers and critics alike.

A feature film based on his novel LONG AFTER DARK is set to go into production in 2022/23. His novel THE BLEEDING SEASON, originally published in 2003, is still popular and in print in several languages, has been hailed as a classic in the horror/suspense genres, and is considered by many, including Famous Monsters of Filmland, to be one of the best horror novels of its kind ever written. Greg resides in Massachusetts with his wife Carol and two English Labrador Retrievers, Dozer and Dudley. He can be reached online at [email protected] or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"His voice soothes in a way that humans require: it’s possible Greg Gifune is an angel. His work, though terrifying, seems replete with love. That’s the part that makes an impression. All that tender passion… amidst all that horror. It’s potent. He puts good people in situations where anything can – and does – transpire. Monstrous things. Things the reader will dream about for years.

Here he draws readers in, as always, making them care more than it’s safe to care. Yet he warns them. He knows these situations so intimately, seems in fact to be living his fiction -- the pain, the love, the doom. And he fears it, as though this pain is something he might die from. Or already has died from. Perhaps he’s not an angel. Maybe he’s a saint." ~ Robert Dunbar, Stoker-Award Winning Author

“If the work of Clive Barker and William S. Burroughs had a lovechild, it might read something like Smoke, in Crimson. With this nightmarish tale of addictive, toxic love, loneliness, and dark sorcery, Greg F. Gifune has written a thoroughly modern 21 st century horror novel that will follow the reader like a shadow, long after they’ve closed the book—and turned on every light in the house.” —Michael Rowe, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of Wild Fell and October

"Smoke, In Crimson, Greg Gifune’s new nicotine-fueled, tobacco-stained urban fantasy, somehow locates the human inside the darkest, most poisonous of places. Shards of memory, family and duty collide in this moody, imaginative novel, zeroing in on very things that make us tick, even in the shadows. And with his deft haracterization, his subversive sense of plot and circumstance, and his unique ability to conjure fresh nightmares, Gifune has never been better. " - Polly Schattel, The Occultists

“A daring, claustrophobic bit of dark art about the pull of obsession and the monsters who take strength from our weaknesses. Equal parts haunting, sad, and darkly beautiful, this is Gifune in top form." - Ronald Malfi, author of Black Mouth