Dead Spots by Rhiannon Frater (Fantasy/Horror)

by | February 11, 2015

Horror novelist Rhiannon Frater has released her latest novel, Dead Spots, published by Tor Books.

In the dead spots, dreams become reality, terror knows your name, and nightmares can kill

The stillbirth of Mackenzie’s son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life’s dangers.

Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer…and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life—but most are besieged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly.

Mackenzie’s mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac’s ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive….

As the true horrors of the dead spots are slowly revealed, Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination.

Dead Spots is available on Amazon for $10.99 and was published on February 10. It is 416 pages long.

Lady Scribe’s Notes: It isn’t often I want to feature a straight up horror novel. Due to the existence of the dead spots, or places between the worlds of the living and dead, I felt that this slipstreamed into the fantasy portion of horror enough to warrant posting here. The introduction of this book is well-written, although Frater goes straight for the throat in pursuing the harsh reality of Mackenzie’s life: the loss of her baby.

So, for those of you who want a light fantasy and a strong horror novel, this book might be up your alley. While it deals with the world of the dead, it falls outside of the common typical zombie fare, something that may appeal to those who want to take a foray into horror without the standard brain nibblers as the primary star.

Either way, this one looks like a really interesting read.

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