A character-driven science fiction/horror blend, KC Jones' Black Tide is Stephen King's The Mist meets A Quiet Place.
It was just another day at the beach. Then the world ended.
Mike and Beth were strangers before the night of the meteor shower. Chance made them neighbors, a bottle of champagne brought them together, and a shared need for human connection sparked something more.
Following their drunken and desperate one-night stand, the two discover the astronomical event has left widespread destruction in its wake. But the cosmic lightshow was only part of something much bigger, and far more terrifying.
When a lost car key leaves them stranded on an empty stretch of Oregon coast and inhuman screams echo from the dunes, when the rising tide reaches for their car and unspeakable horrors close in around them, these two self-destructive souls must fight to survive a nightmare of apocalyptic scale.
"This is gasp-for-your-breath, peek-through-your-fingers horror, and I loved every page of it." —Jonathan Janz, author of The Siren and the Specter
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Jones debuts with an uneven, snark-filled romp through a postapocalyptic world. Financially unstable Beth makes another in a string of questionable decisions when she has a one-night stand with the neighbor at her current house sitting gig, washed-up film producer Mike, who's still grieving the death of his wife. The world ends the night of their hookup, when an alien invasion disguised as a meteor shower leaves the planet devastated. Masses of people are missing and horrific creatures from an alternate dimension roam the earth. When Beth and Mike awaken to discover this new world order, they set out to survive together, but their escape from the extraterrestrial terrors stalls out on the Oregon coast. Between battling deadly aliens who seem to be just as confused as their prey and frantically searching for car keys, Beth and Mike learn to overcome enough of their insecurities to put up a fight. The pacing is slightly off, with a slow build-up and dragged-out suspense, but the unusual aliens and the climax's edge-of-your-seat thrills make it worthwhile. The sarcastic, self-deprecating characters and quirky setup set this first contact tale apart, even if it's something of a mixed bag. Agent: Amanda Jain, BookEnds Literary.