Lawrence C. Connolly’s books include the novels Veins (2008), Vipers (2010), and Vortex (2014), which make up the three-book Veins Cycle. His short story collections, Visions (2009), This Way to Egress (2010), and Voices (2011), collect his stories from Amazing Stories, Cemetery Dance, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Twilight Zone, and Year’s Best Horror. Voices was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection. His script "This Way to Egress" (co-written with director David Slade) was featured in the anthology film Nightmare Cinema (2018).
An explosion at Windslow Mine has set things in motion. The forest is crawling with snakes, driven from their nests by underground fires.
And the snakes are not alone.
Other forces are emerging, rising from the earth’s molten veins, preparing to reclaim a smoldering world. By daybreak, the residents of Windslow, Pennsylvania, will know that the world is burning beneath them.
By daybreak, the nightmare begins.
Rocks burn, floodwaters rage, and serpents take wing as a storm of fire and rain threatens the world.
Amid this chaos, a young man named Axle lies near death in a shuttered bedroom. He has the power to save the earth, but to do so he must retrieve something from his dreams, an artifact of memory that he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With a single ally standing guard, Axle’s spirit searches the terrors of his past, following clues that may unlock a second chance for the human race.
All he needs is time.
Enter Samuelle, a woman whose touch can raise the dead and kill the living. Axle’s rivals have given her a mission: find the dreamer, deliver the killing touch, unleash the storm that will destroy humanity.
Fasten your seat belts for the concluding arc of the Veins Cycle, where cosmic forces play out on a human scale, and where the mind may yet prove to be the most powerful spirit of all.