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The Presence
     

The Presence

by David B. Silva
 
Allie Turner's husband Max has been missing from home for nearly nine months now, and Allie is desperately struggling to hold her family - and herself - together. But things begin to fall apart when her twelve-year-old son Sean is badly burned in a fire at the abandoned lumber mill.

At the hospital, as Allie and her old son Darrell keep watch over Sean,

Overview

Allie Turner's husband Max has been missing from home for nearly nine months now, and Allie is desperately struggling to hold her family - and herself - together. But things begin to fall apart when her twelve-year-old son Sean is badly burned in a fire at the abandoned lumber mill.

At the hospital, as Allie and her old son Darrell keep watch over Sean, things become increasingly difficult to handle. For Sean confides to Darrell that he encountered their father at the mill just before the fire broke out. Worse still, there as something terribly wrong with the man's face, as if part of it had melted away.

Darrell has already had a hard time dealing with his father's absence, and isn't sure if he can believe Sean. But he promises to search for Max anyway.

His quest leads him to Old Miner's Creek, where he uncovers something unbelievably terrifying. There's a scattering of dead animals … all with the same facial disfigurement his younger brother previously described.

Yes, something strange and otherworldly has come to Kingston Mills.

Something dramatically affecting all living creatures which cross its path.

A curious, unstoppable presence of evil...

Editorial Reviews

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The Presence is a chilling creeper of a story that seeps into your mind and grabs hold. It isn't dark-and-stormy-night slasher horror or little-dead-girl-in-the-hallway ghoulishness. In fact, the horrific elements are rather subdued and spaced well apart throughout the book. The real story centers around a family trying to hold itself together despite being battered by abandonment and a terrible accident.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015876796
Publisher:
Misty Springs Productions
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
472
File size:
947 KB

Meet the Author

David B. Silva has written seven novels, over 100 short stories, and numerous articles on writing and the horror genre.

Silva's first short story was published in 1981. His short fiction has since appeared in The Year's Best Horror, The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, and The Best American Mystery Stories. In 1991, he won a Bram Stoker Award for his short story, "The Calling." His first collection, Through Shattered Glass, was published by Gaunlet Press in 2001. In 2009, Dark Regions published his collection of eleven new stories and one reprint, In The Shadows of Kingston Mills.

He is probably best known as the editor of The Horror Show, which was published quarterly from 1982 to 1991. This small-press horror magazine won a World Fantasy Award in 1988 and went on to publish the first early works of some of today's most talented and influential horror authors, such as Bentley Little, Brian Hodge, and Poppy Z. Brite.

Silva co-edited (with Paul F. Olson) two anthologies published by St. Martins Press: Post Mortem and Dead End: City Limits. In addition, he edited The Definitive Best of The Horror Show, published by CD Publications in 1992.

In addition, from February 1997 until September 2002, and from late 2004 until the present, Silva has served editor of Hellnotes, a free blog, updated several times a day with latest news in the horror genre. JournalStone Publishing has recently purchased Hellnotes and hired Silva to stay on as its editor.

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