The backstory is that I wrote The Collins Widow several years ago, and some of the themes translated to The Hungry Deep. But the truth is that The Collins Widow is a very different animal. One part cosmic horror, one part gothic, one part epistolary novel, I let myself go full weird for this one. I'm not quite sure how it'll land, to be honest, but it'll definitely be interesting.
Here's the rough pitch:
Some family secrets are better left buried.
Six months ago, Stella Collins killed her husband, Morgan. Previously mild-mannered and caring, Morgan changed, becoming monstrous in an instant, and tried to murder Stella on the staircase in their home, instead falling to his own grisly death.
In an attempt to understand what happened to her husband, Stella travels across the country to Morgan’s childhood home to search for answers. She finds the house derelict, rotting from time and neglect, leaving Stella with more questions than answers.
Uncovering a packet of old letters and diary entries that belonged to the matriarch of the family, Elizabeth, Stella begins to uncover the horrors of the Collinses, the house, and the winding caverns that snake beneath. As Stella’s mind begins to play tricks, she learns of Elizabeth’s plight, she is haunted by the literal ghosts of the past, including Morgan. And the more she learns, the more she is convinced that all of it, even Morgan’s death, leads back to the past, to the original Collins widow. And to the unspeakable horror which has plagued her husband’s family for a century.
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