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In the Valley of the Sun: A Novel


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Praise for In the Valley of the Sun

“Turns out there’s a middle space between Tender Mercies and Preacher and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. It’s called In the Valley of the Sun. And if I didn’t know Andy Davidson had written it, I’d swear this was some long lost William Gay. I burned through this. It’s got teeth on every page.” Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels

A flint-hard, gorgeously written nightmare.” — Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

Andy Davidson’s monsters–both supernatural and all-too-human–are beautifully conceived, leading us to an easy empathy with demons we’d ordinarily flee. Here is first-rate storytelling that grabs your attention and keeps you guessing.” ― Dana Cameron, author of Hellbender

“With lyrical prose and creeping dread, Davidson deftly turns the screws…. Sure to haunt a new generation of readers.” ― Kelly J. Ford, author of Cottonmouths

In the Valley of the Sun is like some knives, a work of art—sharp, frightening, and elegant. I marveled at Davidson’s prose even as he scared the living hell out of me.” — Nicholas Mainieri, author of The Infinite

“On the surface, In the Valley of the Sun is a perfectly paced thriller that’s chillingly fun to read, but Davidson’s prose transcends genre like a fresh Cormac McCarthy…. A must read!” — Dana Chamblee Carpenter, author of The Devil’s Bible

Rarely does a debut grab and jerk you in, leaving you wanting to finish every page as if it’s the last thing you’ll ever read. Davidson’s love and mastery of the language enhance the beauty of the plot, and add to the terror that can’t be avoided once you start reading. This, plus the perfectly written characters that force us to care for them, make this novel a must-read for any brave horror fan.” Erik Storey, author of Nothing Short of Dying

“Equal parts psychological horror, procedural thriller, and good old-fashioned western, In the Valley of the Sun grabs you by the throat and drags you down a twisted road, ending in a horrifying, bloody finale.” E. Z. Rinsky, author of Palindrome

In the Valley of the Sun moves to a slapback echo and does not disappoint. Andy Davidson writes his gritty debut novel the way experienced drivers command the road. And Travis Stillwell’s story is by turns spare and solemnbut also vast and treacherousas the Southwest he drives.” Jeffrey Stayton, author of This Side of the River

Movie Reviews

In the Slender Places

Movie Review: Beware the Slenderman
Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky

The final shot of Beware the Slenderman is haunting. It shows us a construction site in progress, two roads intersecting, a patch of cleared woods. It’s as banal as images get. But it’s the unseen–as in all great horror–that’s truly terrifying. In this case, it’s the erasure of a bloody deed, the active sanitizing of a terrible blight. Quite literally paving over it. The image taps our deepest well of fear, where all the bad things get tossed, deep and dark. From Edgar Allan Poe to David Lynch to Stephen King, this has been the great theme and subject of horror: walling up or burying the bad. Forcing forgetting.