Hollow Heart by Ben Eads (paperback)



*2019 This Is Horror Awards ‘Cover Art of the Year’*

“Like the warped demonic lovechild of Clive Barker and Chuck Palahniuk, Ben Eads’ work is not for the faint of heart…or stomach.” –Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Kin and Sour Candy

“Ben Eads puts his readers in the same surreal nightmare his characters are trapped in. There’s an almost frantic need to turn each page, but a dreadful unease at what waits there. Hollow Heart is a must-read.” –Tom Deady, Bram Stoker Award winning author of Haven

“Ben Eads is a fearless writer, so be prepared. His horror is not for the faint of heart, rather his readers must be equally fearless to face the truth that hides in the dark heart of his work.” –Fran Friel, Two-Time Bram Stoker Award Finalist.

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Welcome to Shady Hills, Florida, where death is the beginning and pain is the only true Art…

Harold Stoe was a proud Marine until an insurgent’s bullet relegated him to a wheelchair. Now the only things he’s proud of are quitting alcohol and raising his sixteen-year-old son, Dale.

But there is an infernal rhythm, beating like a diseased heart from the hollow behind his home. An aberration known as The Architect has finished his masterpiece: A god which slumbers beneath the hollow, hell-bent on changing the world into its own image.

As the body count rises and the neighborhood residents change into mindless, shambling horrors, Harold and his former lover, Mary, begin their harrowing journey into the world within the hollow. If they fail, the hollow will expand to infinity. Every living being will be stripped of flesh and muscle, their nerves wrapped tightly around ribcages, so The Architect can play his sick music through them loud enough to swallow what gives them life: The last vestiges of a dying star.