- Author: James Cooper
- Artist: Ben Baldwin
- Page Count: 200
- Pub. Date: February 9, 2021
- ISBN: 978-1-58767-798-4
- Status: In-Stock and Shipping Soon!
by James Cooper
About the Book:
Meet Philip: a young boy with a desire to self-destruct. His family thinks he's a monster, but that's okay. Monsters are usually destroyed in the final act, and Philip knows that's exactly how he'll end up. A pale corpse, rotting in the wind…
Hilary Bunce feels like a monster, too. His dysfunctional family is unbearable, turning him into a shadow of the man he really is, lost and afraid, with little awareness of the emerging horror he is about to confront.
The world isn't designed for people like Philip and Hilary. That's why they each like to visit the Fade, an empty landscape of desert and rolling hills that seems to float beyond existence itself, accessible to only a privileged few, where all the world's misery and loneliness dissolves.
But the Fade is not as empty or as isolated as it appears. A tall, thin man named Pappy stalks the desert carrying a large burlap sack. His job is to clean up the Fade. He lives in a grey house on top of a hill, eternally watchful, forever alert. And he will do whatever it takes to rid his kingdom of disease…
Published as a trade paperback:
• Printed on 60# acid-free paper
• Featuring full color cover artwork
• Retail price $16
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. He has just completed work on a new novel entitled Little Boy and is now working on a new novella, The Third Order.
"James Cooper's stories are original, clever and daring. Clearly a writer to watch."
— Graham Joyce, author of The Facts of Life
"Beautifully written and as well-crafted as a Sheraton bureau…a profound joy and a huge excitement."
— Nina Allan, author of The Dollmaker