Kathy Ryan’s work as an occult investigator often leads her to the outskirts of society, law, and even reality…
Knowing that other dimensions exist is one thing. Venturing into them is quite another. In the course of its experiments, Paragon Corp—a government-sourced theoretical physics research institute—has discovered a supposedly empty alternate world. There is strange, alien flora but seemingly no sentient beings…just a huge, abandoned city that a team of scientists is sent to explore.
Then the scientists disappear. Kathy Ryan is hired to make her first foray into an alternate dimension in order to locate the team, bring them back, and close the gate for good. Instead, she discovers that this supposedly dead city may be nothing of the kind. Her rescue mission has become a terrifying race to prevent the potential destruction of the boundary between two worlds—before mayhem reigns over both…
Praise for the novels of Mary SanGiovanni
“SanGiovanni evokes a Lovecraftian sensibility in this action-filled story. . . . Scary, suspenseful, smart, and gory, the novel is also beautifully set and described.”
—Library Journal on Savage Woods
“A feast of both visceral and existential horror.”
—F. Paul Wilson on Thrall
“Filled to the brim with mounting terror.”
—Gary A. Braunbeck on The Hollower
“A fast-building, high-tension ride.”
—James A. Moore on The Hollower
Occult mystery meets cosmic horror in SanGiovanni's suspenseful fourth Kathy Ryan novel (after Inside the Assylum). When Paragon Corp, a theoretical physics research center, accidentally opens a portal to Hesychia, a new dimension, it sends a team of scientists to investigate, unaware of the threat of mystical parasites which hitch rides through the portal using the scientists as hosts. On the second expedition into Hesychia, the research team vanishes, leading Paragon to tap occult crime expert Kathy Ryan to investigate. When the U.S. military gets involved, they force Kathy to travel through the gateway along with Jose, the lone surviving scientist from the first research team; Markham, a soldier; and Carl, a police officer, all of whom carry the Hesychian parasite. As they navigate the labyrinthine underworld, attempting to evade whatever evil lurks at its center, Kathy makes a chilling discovery about Hesychia's true nature. SanGiovanni conjures an eerie, otherworldly feel that never fizzles. Readers will be easily immersed in this dark, fast-paced tale.