The mountains of DeKalb County, Alabama were majestic, tranquil, inspiring and isolated. Just the type of place a man like John Grey would choose to call home. A land where he was king of all he surveyed. A land where he could be God himself, if he chose to be. Until those kids moved into the cabin below the ridge.
It had been perfect at first for the four young people. Friends since their broken childhoods, now they stood together at the threshold of adulthood. They were a family by choice, not by nature. When supplies dwindled and society failed, so did the rules of civilization and the mountain closed in. Not all predators walk on four legs.
THE GREY MATTER is a novel of white-hot suspense where life is unpredictable and survival is paramount. Who is a friend and who's the enemy?
Ed Gorman, crime and mystery fiction's bestselling author, says of THE GREY MATTER, "I can honestly say Billie Sue Mosiman is one of the finest horror-suspense writers I've ever read. She has her own take, her own voice and such a broad range of skills I'm in awe of her talent."
Mort Castle, award-winning Stoker author, says, "Billie Sue Mosiman's GREY MATTER's got plot twists you aren't predicting and characters made not of cardboard and cliché but flesh and blood, flaws and dreams-and courage. Above all, GREY MATTER is a story of 'family': It's love and not surname or DNA cell tissue that binds us together to protect and save our own. GREY MATTER is a thriller with brains and heart, just like its author, Billie Sue Mosiman."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Grey Matter ..... It has been awhile since I ordered any of her books. Some just not into my reality world. But, as usual this one was exciting and excellently written. I will be looking forward to her next book! I'm just not into the underworld and zombies, vampires, etc. This one was a survival type book and kept me reading from the first page on. Great writer - highly recommend!
The Woods Are Screaming Billie Sue Mosiman captures a nightmare gem in her apocalyptic THE GREY MATTER, a peek into an Alabama mountain community hiding monsters, each face of the gem increasing with tension and fear. For a realistic, high-tension thriller, THE GREY MATTER does with people what most horror novels achieve through demons and fantastical beasts of terror. Ms. Mosiman climbs into the mind of a killer and allows him to become a real person, expertly conjuring reader sympathy and amping the conflict as the story unfolds. On the flip side, the levels of degeneracy to which the normal population of Herndon, Albama sink in their desperation, rival even the serial killers of the new apocalypse. Ms. Mosiman has a unique way of rendering her characters so each possesses a very distinct personality and stands out both in action and dialogue. The inner conflicts from all major players--good and bad--come together in a multidimensional cauldron, slow-roiling to a turbid boil and sucking the reader in with sympathy and strong emotion. The rural and isolated setting of green mountain cabin life is well detailed, from the joys of daily routine, to the fear of being surrounded by dense woods. Plot and pacing start off extreme, but quickly settle in for a slower build in keeping with the classic thriller feel versus over-the-top violence of modern horror, something I appreciated as it gave so much more dwell time with the characters. As the story progresses, it develops much momentum until it is steaming downhill toward the violent and disturbing climax, screams echoing through those dark woods. Other than being familiar with the outstanding quality Ms. Mosiman's previous work, I had no idea what to expect with THE GREY MATTER, but it hooked me from the first paragraph and kept my attention throughout. I strongly recommend this book with five-stars. It visits domains the human condition often overlooked in the horror genre, yet delivers a breed of horror to the thriller shelves as disturbing as it is riveting.
Billie Sue Mosiman is not one of those writers who knows which literary buttons to push to make various things happen. She's quite simply a writer who knows how to tell a good story without resorting to literary "sleight of hand." And The Grey Matter is a good story. There's nothing new here. We've seen it all before in various places. But in her hands these common elements combine to create an edge-of-your-seat-all-out thrill-ride of a reading experience. When civilization starts to break down, four equally broken friends band together to create some order out of the chaos. But John Grey has other plans. And from that premise, Mosiman creates a story that moves at just the right pace to bring the book to a satisfying climax. This one is not to be missed.