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270 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

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

Publication Date: August 2022

ISBN 9781645481195

Rights: WOR

Black Spot Books (Aug 2022)

Price: $17.95


Darling has its demons.Cherry LaRouche escaped the claws of Darling, Louisiana at sixteen. When she is forced to return after her mother’s death, Cherry and her children move back into her childhood home where the walls whisper and something sinister skitters across the roof at night.While Cherry tries to settle back into a town where evil spreads like infection, the bodies of several murdered children turn up. When Cherry’s own daughter goes missing, she’s forced to confront the true monsters of Darling.


"Horror literature readers and fans who want more than just a story of evolving evil will find much to like in Darling, a gothic horror piece that follows one woman's departure, return, and struggle to survive her decisions." --Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

"Frightening and familiar... Darling is an unflinching horror novel–an unsettling story about what constitutes true evil."--Catherine Thureson, Foreword Review

"At turns heartbreakingly beautiful and beautifully heartbreaking, Darling is propelled by a sinister feeling of dread and surveillance... A rare treat for readers who like to read 'just one more page' before bed." —Matt Betts, author of Odd Men Out

"Darling explores the relationships and dynamics of small towns which, ultimately, can be scarier than any ghosts or demons. A definite recommendation..." –Ginger Nuts of Horror

Author Biography

Mercedes M. Yardley is a Bram Stoker Award®-winning dark fantasist who wears poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of Beautiful Sorrows, the Stabby Award-winning Apocalyptic Montessaand Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, Pretty Little Dead Girls, and Detritus in Love. She won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award® for her novella Little Dead Red and was a Bram Stoker Award® nominee for her short story "Loving You Darkly." Mercedes lives and creates in Las Vegas.