“With her new novella, Summer’s End, Lisa Morton achieves something rare, arguably unique: she creates a genre that can be defined only by this piece of work. This challenging, exhilarating, darkly-humored, heartbreaking work is hands-down brilliant, the best work she’s ever done; it’s been a long time since the boundaries between the book and its author have been so expertly blurred, trapping the reader in the oppressive, nerve-wracking gray area between. Don’t start reading with any preconceived notions about horror or storytelling because they’ll be shredded into confetti and scattered to the dark winds. Just steel yourself for a reading experience that will rival any other piece of work you will encounter this year.” — Gary A. Braunbeck, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of To Each Their Darkness
“In Summer’s End, Lisa Morton has created something so strikingly unique that it stands alone in the genre. All writers pull their work from inside themselves, but Morton has literally put herself inside the work, and she has pulled it off so beautifully, so seamlessly, that it does not read like fiction — it reads like an account of actual events. Her extensive knowledge of her subject and her impeccable skills as a writer and storyteller are combined in a wicked and delightful potion that gave me real goosebumps, real chills, and reminded me that horror fiction can and should frighten the hell out of the reader. Summer’s End is a thin volume, but it is a formidable achievement. I’ll never look at a jack-o’-lantern the same way again.” — Ray Garton, author of Live Girls and Meds
“…ambitious marriage of postmodernism and horror…occasionally poetic…terse encounters with malignant spirits evoke chills, as does the atmospheric presence of Samhain.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“Morton’s love and knowledge of Halloween shines through each and every page, as does her ability to craft tight, suspenseful scenes. You could easily gulp this down in one sitting, but I urge you not to.” – Blu Gilliand, Fearnet
“Summer’s End is a gripping, thought provoking chiller that can be best described as a novel’s answer to the near fanatical craze of found footage films as of late…Once the evil is unleashed, Morton’s tale breaks the cookie cutter mould of the over saturated demonic possession stories that plague our pages and screens of today. A much more imaginative, unpredictable plot is hatched with a gripping conclusion you won’t see coming.” – Dave Gammon, HorrorNews.net
“Summer’s End is the perfect storm of a story, where everything aligns completely, delivering a powerful new narrative that is rarely seen in fiction today…a beautifully written piece of dark literature that not only we horror and Halloween fans can enjoy, I think anyone who loves a great story will enjoy Summer’s End. All authors leave a piece of themselves in every story they write, with Summer’s End Lisa uses her extensive knowledge of her subject to not only deliver a story that is a genre unto itself, she manages to scare the hell out of you at the same time. Her writing has never been better, this just might be her best book yet.” – Peter Schwotzer, Famous Monsters
View the trailer for Summer’s End at YouTube (thanks to John Palisano for an incredible trailer!).
Summer’s End is also included in the collection The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treats.
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