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Dark Country
Dark Country

Dark Country


300 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: October 2021

ISBN 9781645480730

Rights: WOR

Vesuvian Books (Oct 2021)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: October 2021


Bram Stoker Awards Nominated author whose work hit #1 on Amazon across multiple categories and is optioned by top Hollywood producers

Too often people mistake monsters for gods.When a ravaged corpse is discovered in Pretoria, South Africa, Esmé Snyder—an occult-crime expert—is called in to investigate. But she doesn’t know the scope of what she’s up against. Esmé is the target of a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who uses the paranormal to do his bidding, with the intent of becoming a god on Earth. With assistance from her team—a brusque detective, eccentric millionaire, stoic priest, hawkeyed secretary, and handsome British forensic criminologist—Esmé hopes to find the killer before he strikes again. But the clock isn’t all that’s working against them. The media catches wind of the threat against the citizens of Pretoria, and their reported speculations promise a post-Apartheid Satanic Panic. As the body count grows, Esmé must figure out who is behind the heinous crimes before she ends up the final sacrifice.Dark Country highlights the multicultural mythologies, magic, histories, beauty, and horror of living in pseudo-modern South Africa.


"Snyman crafts a vivid story worthy not just of mature teen attention, but adult horror story readers. The tale excels in strong characterization and mystery, which drives the plot and keeps readers guessing. The result is an engrossing story that brings relationships and possible love to a relative loner whose former goal was to get out of town as soon as she is of age. It's a special brand of mystery, horror, and dark fantasy, finished with a touch of romance..." —Midwest Book Review  

"Stephen King's It meets Stephenie Meyer's Twilight in a frightening story of horror and fantasy woven together to create a delectable tale of the macabre. Snyman's storytelling will have people lining up for the next book in the series." —School Library Journal    

"There's a clear M. Night Shyamalan vibe … a spine-chilling sense of dread on every page of this truly excellent work." —Readers' Favorite    

"Snyman's creative adoption of English folklore adds a unique twist, and satisfying frights abound in an enjoyable, frenetically paced fantasy." —Publishers Weekly    

"… weaves together small-town horror with an intricate otherworldly fairytale to deliver a blend of horror and fantasy that captures the essence of young adult terror seasoned with the stuff of grown-up nightmares." —The Nerd Daily

"I have been searching high and low to find a writer that could intrigue me with writing as witty and crafty as Cassandra Clare, and lo and behold I found one. HOLY HELL what a read." —Nadine Maritz, MY HEAD IN A NUTSHELL    

"If YA dark fantasy is your fare, then The Night Weaver is right up your alley. Snyman has begun to build a promising world of intrigue and monsters in the dark. Though don't assume all that hides in shadows is beastly." —HORRORFUEL.COM

"Snyman's sinister and satisfying fantasy tale is an atmospheric start to a new series. The novel is unique and introduces a world of myth, intrigue, and darkness with considerable technique. It also functions on a metaphorical level, growing stronger by feeding on the negative emotions of the townspeople. Related horrors work on multiple levels. The familiar small-town atmosphere is imbued with a chilling aura, and the mystery at the heart of the book keeps pages turning. Skillful descriptions add to the spooky mood, as when the novel declares that 'with a single glare of those midnight eyes, even Death would surrender his scythe.' In addition, characters who have real stakes ground the tale in reality." —Foreword Reviews

Author Biography

Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words.She’s the author of the Bram Stoker Award nominated novel, The Night Weaver, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults. Monique Snyman lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua.