THE WICKED by James Newman, featuring cover and interior art by Keith Minnion. Escanaba, MI; Necessary Evil Press; 2007. 1st edition hardcover.
A fire consumes the Heller Home For Children in Morganville, North Carolina. Amidst rumors of devil worship, authorities remand the teenage arsonist to a sanitarium.
Unaware of the turmoil in their new hometown, the Littles - David, Kate, and seven year-old Becca - are moving from New York City to Morganville in hopes of repairing their own lives, which were recently shattered by an act of sexual violence.
Before long, David Little realizes that his family's troubles are worse than he could have ever imagined: An ancient demon lives in Morganville, an unholy creature conjured into existence by the Heller Home tragedy.
Its name is Moloch. It is hungry for the souls of the townspeople.
But most of all, Moloch wants the children. It will not rest until it has them.
All of them.
Limited to 350 hardcovers numbered and SIGNED by James Newman.
Praise for James Newman
'You might expect the work of a young Southern writer to show some roots, and you'll see that clearly in James Newman's writing. There's a little bit of Davis Grubb and Joe Lansdale twisting into that dark earth, and a strong straight spike of Robert McCammon digging deep. But the story tree that grows above ground belongs to a tale-spinner who can raise one mean hunk of nightmare all on his own. THE WICKED is a well-honed blade of a book, folks, and it'll carve a new writer's initials on the genre.'
- Norman Partridge
Author of MR. FOX AND OTHER FERAL TALES.
'THE WICKED is a good old-fashioned, unabashed HORROR novel. James Newman remembers when horror used to be fun, and he's recaptured it here in all of its gory glory. A terrifying page-turner in the tradition of Graham Masterton, J.N. Williamson, and Richard Laymon. WICKEDly good reading from one of horror's new heirs!'
- Brian Keene
Author of THE RISING, CITY OF THE DEAD and THE CONQUEROR WORMS.
'Most dark fiction comes across like empty chocolates - you take a bit in eager anticipation and then find out there's no filling. But James Newman is a literary confectioner of near-legendary generosity . . . '
- Peter Crowther
Author of THE LONGEST SINGLE NOTE and ESCARDY GAP.
‘(In THE WICKED) the Little family has moved from New York City to Morganville, North Carolina hoping to rebuild their lives, only to find that their new zip code is right next door to Hell. James Newman writes about the battle between good and evil like no one else in the horror genre. When he writes about the power of good, he's great, and when he writes about evil, he's on fire.’
- Edo Van Belkom
Author of BLOOD ROAD and SCREAM QUEEN..
'James Newman's horror is very forthright. It is a lucid madness. It cuts cleanly and does so, always, straight to the bone and the brain.'
- Charlee Jacob
Author of THIS SYMBIOTIC FASCINATION and DREAD IN THE BEAST.
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