Mutilation Song

ChiZine Publications
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Thomas hears voices, and the worst of these voices belongs to a demon called Dinn. In a series of increasingly horrific rants, the demon re-frames Thomas’s declining mental health as a part of a secret training program, an occult procedure designed to cultivate the demons of tomorrow.

In the distorted world depicted by Dinn, gateways to hell lie behind every door. Friends and family are the enemy. And the only way for Thomas to survive his training is to dedicate himself to the demon’s prescribed rituals of loneliness, ill health, and pain.

Equal parts ferocious and seductive, Mutilation Song is a boundary-shattering horror novel that uses a hallucinatory narrator to explore the extremes of mental illness.

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About the author

Jason Hrivnak was born and raised in Toronto. His first novel The Plight House was published in Canada in 2009, and had since been published in France. Mutilation Song is his second novel.

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Publisher
ChiZine Publications
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Published on
Sep 7, 2018
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Pages
124
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ISBN
9781771484626
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
Fiction / Visionary & Metaphysical
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A plane crash in the desert. Doubles lurking in the shadows. A missing wife. A clairvoyant mistress. Eight demons. A thousand corpses. One savage journey through the Wastelands of China…

Logan Solomon is a Southern gentleman who has lived in Beijing far too long. Aside from the shady business deals, surveillance jobs, and the often decadent lifestyle of the jaded foreigner, he has also managed to alienate his wife Li Na while associating himself with very rough characters—some who might not even be human. Following a seemingly chance encounter aboard a train, a chain of events is set in motion that will change Logan’s destiny forever, and leave a trail of dead in the wake.

In response to a pleading late-night phone call from her estranged mother, Li Na and Logan embark on a dangerous trip south to a village unknown to outsiders. They are accompanied by an old friend from Georgia who may or may not be able to see the future; a hulking tattooed sociopath with glowing red eyes and a short temper; and a tall man in black who, when not turning into a spiral or effortlessly passing between impossibly tight spaces, loves waxing philosophic over milk tea and kebabs.  When Li Na goes missing somewhere in the bamboo forests of Sichuan, young Solomon conjures up the darkest of forces to assist him in getting her back—a decision that may cost him not only his own life, but those of countless others along the way.

On their pilgrimage west to find her and kill whoever is responsible for the abduction, these four strangers will encounter villainous doppelgangers, thugs who vomit locusts, whorehouse succubae, satanic congregations in the wilderness, secret government installations, haunted plains, ravaged outposts, forgotten ruins, and countless cities reduced to rubble.

Part epic modern rendition of the King Solomon legends, part hellish travelogue, and all white-knuckle terror, Desert Bleeds Red is critically acclaimed author Jason S. Hornsby’s (Every Sigh, The End and Eleven Twenty-Three) masterpiece, a haunting vision of China and humanity unlike anything you can imagine.

Three Books. One Volume. One great price!

Mountain Man (Book 1)

Boomstick.
Samurai bat.
Motorcycle leather.
And the will to live amongst the unliving.

Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

Safari (Mountain Man, Book 2)

Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain since the demise of civilization, Gus knows that his next visit to undead suburbia could be his last.

Not only does he face a corpse-infested urban hell, human scavengers, and unending loneliness, but now a new mystery has risen...

The undead are disappearing from the streets.

A force is gathering, beyond the mountain man's darkest nightmares, even more relentless and terrifying than the roaming tides of dead flesh.

And it's preparing to hunt.


Hellifax (Mountain Man, Book 3)

A serial killer stalks the ice-glazed streets.
Half-frozen deadheads choke the avenues.
Infected vermin rise from the labyrinth of sewer systems, hungry for warm flesh.

And a handful of survivors struggle to escape and find someplace safe. In his hunt for Tenner, Scott discovers he must contend with all of this, before things truly get worse.

Welcome.
To Hellifax.

"Mountain Man Omnibus (Books 1 to 3)" Contains graphic language and scenes of violence. Survival horror during a zombie apocalypse.

Like this read? Look for "Well Fed" Mountain Man Book 4, and then try "Mountain Man: Prequel" (the story that happens before the Omnibus).

And don't forget to check out the free short story "The Hospital" which takes place in between "Mountain Man: Prequel" and "Mountain Man Omnibus (Books 1 to 3)."
A series of shorts occurring between Volumes I and II of the Abaddon Trilogy.

Simon Diamond:
Welcome to a little tale about the happy-go-luckiest serial killer you’re ever liable to encounter. You might like Simon, but Simon isn’t so apt to like you. Join up with Simon ‘For a Day in the Life’ as he strolls through downtown Philadelphia, and spends his overnight in all-hours diner. But don’t get too close! Because if Simon says– you’re dead!

Ben Arlington:
How does an ordinary police detective deal with the dangerous world of the supernatural underground? Very, very carefully. Join Benjamin Arlington as he investigates a string of grisly murders while on the path to finding his immortal companion, Cupideau. There will be blood…

Hillary St. Claire:
What do you do when you’ve just turned eighteen, inherited a family tradition of black magic from your father, and you’ve just finished murdering your mother, finally gaining you their financial fortune, as well? To top it off, your mentor in evil is missing, and your friends are no help at all? Well, Hillary St. Claire is about to figure that out for herself.

Molly Bethlehem:
Molly is the cutest little girl you ever could see. She’s also one of the most evil people in the world. So evil, in fact, that her talent for black magic attracts the attention of none other than the Antichrist himself. Here’s the story of the best Halloween that Molly’s ever had.

Bonus, unrelated Chapter One:
the Dark Hand of a Hundred Days:
A father abandons a son, and a son abandons a father. One war is traded for another when a sword of dark power is taken up by living hands once again. Weakness is banished in a singular display of terrible strength, dragging from the shadows the magic and monsters of the past ages. The age of myth and wonder is reborn in blood and the dust of a thousand years…

Genres: Occult & Supernatural, Horror, Action & Adventure, Sub/Urban Fantasy, Humor/Satire, Philosophy, Religion, War, Pre/Post-Apocalyptic, Sword & Sorcery.

Prior Reading:
Provoker. Volume I
Further Reading:
Seducer: Alliance. Volume II:I
Seducer: Escalation. Volume II:II
Seducer: Insurgence. Volume II:III
Nocturnal Whispers: Volume II
Destroyer: Onus. Volume III:I

SHORT-LISTED FOR THE 2018 AMAZON CANADA FIRST NOVEL AWARD!

LONG-LISTED FOR THE 2017 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE!

FINALIST FOR THE 2017 SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARD!

WINNER OF THE 2018 SUNBURST AWARD!

LONG-LISTED FOR THE 2018 TORONTO BOOK AWARDS!

Three neighbouring villages on the Ukrainian/Romanian border are the final refuge for the last of the mythical creatures of Eastern Europe. Now, on the eve of the war that may eradicate their kind—and with the ruthless Night Police descending upon their sanctuary—they tell their stories and confront their destinies:

The Rusalka, the beautiful vengeful water spirit who lives in lakes and ponds and lures men and children to their deaths; The Vovkulaka, who changes from her human form into that of a wolf and hides with her kind deep in the densest forests; The Strigoi, a revenant who feasts on blood and twists the minds of those who love, serve and shelter him; The Dvoynik, an apparition that impersonates its victim and draws him into a web of evil in order to free itself; And the Bone Mother, a skeletal crone with iron teeth who lurks in her house in the heart of the woods, and cooks and eats those who fail her vexing challenges.

Eerie and unsettling like the best fairy tales, these incisor-sharp portraits of ghosts, witches, sirens, and seers—and the mortals who live at their side and in their thrall—will chill your marrow and tear at your heart.

“Demchuk gracefully pieces together a dark and shining mosaic of a story with unforgettable imagery and elegant, evocative prose. These stories read like beautiful and brutal nightmares, sharply disquieting, and are made all the more terrifying by the history in which they’re grounded.”
—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

In this enchanting sequel to the number one bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie’s heavenly reunion with Annie—the little girl he saved on earth—in an unforgettable novel of how our lives and losses intersect.

Fifteen years ago, in Mitch Albom’s beloved novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the world fell in love with Eddie, a grizzled war veteran- turned-amusement park mechanic who died saving the life of a young girl named Annie. Eddie’s journey to heaven taught him that every life matters. Now, in this magical sequel, Mitch Albom reveals Annie’s story.

The accident that killed Eddie left an indelible mark on Annie. It took her left hand, which needed to be surgically reattached. Injured, scarred, and unable to remember why, Annie’s life is forever changed by a guilt-ravaged mother who whisks her away from the world she knew. Bullied by her peers and haunted by something she cannot recall, Annie struggles to find acceptance as she grows. When, as a young woman, she reconnects with Paulo, her childhood love, she believes she has finally  found happiness.

As the novel opens, Annie is marrying Paulo. But when her wedding night day ends in an unimaginable accident, Annie finds herself on her own heavenly journey—and an inevitable reunion with Eddie, one of the five people who will show her how her life mattered in ways she could not have fathomed.

Poignant and beautiful, filled with unexpected twists, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven reminds us that not only does every life matter, but that every ending is also a beginning—we only need to open our eyes to see it.

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