From the critically acclaimed author of Hekla's Children comes a dark and haunting tale of an ancient cult wreaking bloody havoc on the modern world.
YOU SHALL REAP WHAT YOU SOW
Struggling with the effects of early-onset dementia, Dennie Keeling now leads a quiet life. Her husband is dead, her children are grown, and her best friend, Sarah, was convicted of murdering her abusive husband. After Sarah's tragic death in prison, Dennie has found solace in her allotment, and all she wants is to be left to tend it in peace.
Life remains quiet for twelve years, until three strangers take on a nearby plot and Dennie starts to notice unnatural things. Shadowy figures prowl at night; plants flower well before their time. And then Sarah appears, bringing dire warnings and vanishing after daubing symbols on the walls in Dennie's own blood. Dennie soon realises that she is face to face with an ancient evil - but with her dementia steadily growing worse, who is going to believe her?
With this dark, transfixing supernatural thriller, Brogden (The Plague Stones) breathes new life into a classic horror setup. In 1915, Everett, a British Army deserter, finds sanctuary in the village of Swinley, where communal living and orgiastic sex are the norm and where, every 26 years, the villagers raise the boar-headed god Moccus who grants immortality and superhuman strength to his followers. But these 26-year cycles are interrupted when Moccus demands a human sacrifice and the cult leader, Mother, balks at obeying. Everett and his lover, Ardwyn, abandon Swinley, intent on carrying out the god's horrific demands. In present-day Staffordshire, 65-year-old Dennie Keeling, who has early-onset dementia, notices the strange goings-on of her new neighbors. When no one believes her reports of odd activities because of her failing mental state, it's up to Dennie to save the residents of her small village from Moccus, even as her own mind plays tricks on her. Brogden's writing is electric, masterfully weaving together dark humor and suspense, and the stalwart, down-to-earth Dennie serves as a perfect foil to the sinister machinations of Moccus's followers. Readers hoping for a fright need look no further.