cover image Born to the Dark

Born to the Dark

Ramsey Campbell. Flame Tree, $24.95 (256p) ISBN 978-1-78758-563-8

World Fantasy Life Achievement Award winner Campbell’s electrifying second installment to his Three Births of Daoloth horror trilogy (after The Searching Dead) finds Dominic Sheldrake, the teen protagonist of book one, all grown up. He’s now a film professor with a wife and child—but he’s still struggling against the sinister machinations of cult leader Christian Noble. Dominic’s son, Toby, suffers from nightmares and nocturnal seizures, and Dominic and his wife, Lesley, send him to the Safe to Sleep facility in a last-ditch attempt to improve in his condition. Then Dominic discovers that the facility is run by Christian and his daughter, Tina, who are scheming to raise the dead. Now Dominic will stop at nothing to save his son from being used as their pawn. Campbell’s writing is intimate, darkly funny, and deeply human, balancing edge-of-the-seat suspense with heartfelt character development. This delightfully unsettling sequel does not disappoint. Agent: John Jarrold, John Jarrold Literary. (Sept.)