THE MAN IN THE FIELD, BY JAMES COOPER NEW
- Author: James Cooper
- Artist: Ben Baldwin
- Page Count: 112
- Pub. Date: June, 2022
- ISBN: 9781587678257
- Status: Pre-order
The Man in the Field
by James Cooper
About the Book:
The village: a remote, God-fearing place, governed by ancient rituals that provide eternal balance to the land. Here, people have faith in working the soil, the good Lord above and their own peaceful community. This is how they have lived for centuries, the Council providing spiritual oversight and the charismatic Father Lynch lighting the way.
As he does every year, according to an age-old custom, the man in the field arrives amid much rejoicing and apprehension. To sanctify the newly planted crops and ensure a productive harvest, the village must make a personal sacrifice in his name. This is the tradition that must be honored. For every blessing, there is a debt to be paid . . .
Mother Tanner, an older member of the village, has seen all this before. She has been born and raised in the shadow of these harsh solemnities and feels increasingly disturbed by them. Celebrating the Turning of the Wheel and exalting in God’s bounty is only half the story; there is much here that she is starting to distrust. Not least of which is Father Lynch himself and his beloved Council. And the enigmatic man in the field, who gazes not at the village, but at the distant horizon, thinking only of the overdue debt and the stroke of midnight when it will be time to collect . .…
Published as a trade paperback:
• Printed on 60# acid-free paper
• Featuring full color cover artwork
• Retail price $14.99
JAMES COOPER is the author of the short story collections You Are The Fly and The Beautiful Red. His novella Terra Damnata was published by PS Publishing in 2011 and was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award. His novella Strange Fruit and his novel Dark Father were both published in 2014 to critical acclaim. Forthcoming is Country Dark, which will be published next year as part of the TTA Novella Series and the short novel The Fade from Cemetery Dance.
"Like other folk horror that centers on appeasing old gods, The
Man in the Field is a tribute to the works of Shirley Jackson. Fans of the literary
spectrum of horror will enjoy this tale of small-town terror,
reminiscent of the early works of Laird Barron and John Langan." -