From the award-winning “heir to the mantle of Stephen King”: A supernatural entity draws a woman into a terrifying nightmare (The National Post).
Some little girls have imaginary friends. Ann LeSage had the Insect. A violent poltergeist that tore a murderous path through her family, it wasn’t imaginary—and it definitely wasn’t a friend.
Now Ann is all grown up—and so is the Insect. And Ann’s upcoming marriage to a mysterious young lawyer is about to open up a whole new world to both of them, rife with secrets and laced with traps. Soon, Ann will find herself in a perverse battle against a group of men who want to wrest control of the Insect from her. What they don’t know is, if you play with the Insect, you’re sure to get stung . . .
“Few writers do psychosexual horror as well as Toronto’s David Nickle, and with The ’Geisters he’s back with another tale of voluptuous terror and the supernatural.” —Toronto Star
“This is a book that buzzes in your ears, climbs your crawling skin with multiple barbed feet, feeling with exquisitely sensitive antennae for the next new and terrible revelation.” —The National Post
“[The ’Geisters] doesn’t just explore the attractiveness of terror—it embodies it in a narrative that demands (excites even as it repels) your attention. It’s a(nother) strong novel by one of the best, most interesting horror writers working today.” —Bookgasm
Stoker-winning Toronto author Nickle (Rasputin's Bastards) sets up what looks to be a fairly straightforward story of a woman and the malicious spirit that's been tormenting her since childhood. Ann LeSage calls the entity "the Insect," and its actions have killed her parents and crippled her brother. With Ann getting married and coming into the circle of the mysterious and wealthy Ian Rickhardt the Insect will have access to a wide new range of targets. In order to understand its true nature, Ann must face down both her past and the revelation about what Rickhardt and his friends really want from the Insect, and perhaps save herself in the process. What starts out as a fast-moving adventure, as Ann marries a man she hardly knows and discovers his dark secrets, becomes a much more contemplative, talky novel in its second half. Full of powerful imagery, the book loses some momentum as it glides to an unexpected and possibly off-putting climax.