*Winner of the 2017 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel*
New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden's writing is 'the real deal' (Stephen King) and this heart-pounding supernatural thriller will thrill and fascinate in equal measure.
'Golden puts it all together with tremendous skill and a gleeful relish' - Financial Times
Meryam and Adam take risks for a living. But neither is prepared for what lies in the legendary heights of Mount Ararat, Turkey.
First to reach a massive cave revealed by an avalanche, they discover the hole in the mountain's heart is really an ancient ship, buried in time. A relic that some fervently believe is Noah's Ark.
Deep in its recesses stands a coffin inscribed with mysterious symbols that no one in their team of scholars, archaeologists and filmmakers can identify. Inside is a twisted, horned cadaver. Outside a storm threatens to break.
As terror begins to infiltrate their every thought, is it the raging blizzard that chases them down the mountain - or something far worse?
The whole is more than the sum of its parts in this exceptional supernatural thriller from bestseller Golden (Dead Ringers). An avalanche on Turkey's legendary Mount Ararat uncovers a cave that may contain the remnants of Noah's Ark. Adventurers, authors, and filmmakers Adam Holzer and Meryam Karga are determined to be the first to stake a claim on the site, and thus get the Turkish government's permission to excavate it. They succeed, despite fierce competition, only to find that the ark contains a hideous and unsettling humanoid skeleton with two horns on its skull. While the scientists and rationalists on the team, including Ben Walker, whose National Science Foundation affiliation is actually a cover for the U.S. Department of Defense, dismiss any talk of demons, someone or something begins to pick off members of the expedition. While the contours of the story line will be familiar to genre fans, Golden makes them feel fresh through solid prose, effective characterizations, and a willingness not to pull any plot punches.