It’s October 2006. Will Andrews is in his final semester of college. At night when he sleeps, he holds his girlfriend Jennifer close and dreams about Hell. His therapist urges him to finally look into the high school shooting he survived five years earlier, suggesting that these nightmares may be one part of himself desperately trying to communicate with the other.
But the deeper he digs, the further the lines between reality and fiction are blurred, and he finds himself in a place where nightmare bleeds into memory, the spiritual leaks into the physical, and the world as he knows it threatens to dissolve entirely.
Both heart-wrenchingly beautiful and deeply harrowing, Hallowtide combines Jungian theory with echoes of classic descent narratives, deconstructing western philosophy, depression, religion, and the 21st Century sense of self, while following one young man’s fall into Stygian wasteland and the journey that will change him forever.
"To read Hallowtide is to consider nightmares as reality, reality as illusion, and examine the self as a blurred boundary between the two. To consider your own face in the mirror and wonder what truths lie below. To read the journey is to search with Will to find answers beneath the surface, hoping to wake and find the world is not really burning...then discovering it cannot help but be charred." -Mandy Rose, author of Frost Heave