2017 FINALIST FOR THE BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A FIRST NOVEL
one night in 1980, a man becomes a monster.
Travis Stillwell is a killer of women, haunting the honky-tonks of west Texas. One lonely night, he crosses paths with a mysterious, pale-skinned girl, and the next morning he wakes weak and bloodied in his cabover camper—no sign of a girl, no memory of the night before. Flat broke, he takes up with a young widow and her boy, who run a dying motel at the edge of the desert. By day, Travis works odd jobs around the motel, finding a strange sort of family in the boy, Sandy, and his independent mother, Annabelle. But with every sundown, in the dark cave of his cabover, Travis fights a terrible transformation, as a creature even more monstrous than the killer he was awakens inside him, a creature plagued by an unspeakable and ancient hunger.
Half a state away, a grizzled Texas Ranger is hunting Travis for his past misdeeds, but what he finds will lead him to a revelation far more monstrous. A man of the law, he’ll have to decide how far into the darkness he’ll go for the sake of justice. When these lives converge on a dusty autumn night, an old evil will find new life—and new blood.