On his 59th birthday, Tyson Parks—a famous, but struggling, horror writer—receives an antique desk from his partner, Sarah, in the hopes it will rekindle his creative juices. Perhaps inspire him to write another best-selling novel and prove his best years aren’t behind him.
A continent away, a mysterious woman makes inquiries with her sources around the world, seeking the whereabouts of a certain artifact her family has been hunting for centuries. With the help of a New York City private detective, she finally finds what she’s been looking for.
It’s in the home of Tyson Parks.
Meanwhile, as Tyson begins to use his new desk, he begins acting… strange. Violent. His writing more disturbing than anything he’s done before. But publishers are paying top dollar, convinced his new work will be a hit, and Tyson will do whatever it takes to protect his newfound success. Even if it means the destruction of the ones he loves.
Even if it means his own sanity.
Praise For Gothic
“Not since The Shining has the descent of a writer into madness been so masterfully rendered on the page.”
– Ross Jeffery, Bram Stoker-nominated author of Tome
“A high creep factor chiller with a sinister edge that had me reading well past my bedtime. Frightening and fun, and deliciously original!”
— James A Moore, author of the Blood Red trilogy and Cherry Hill.
“Fracassi takes the familiar traps—love, obsession, power—and gives them new teeth. It’s dark fun twisted tightly around a story of human frailty…He’s doing for the desk what King did for the car.”
– Jeff Terry, THE JEFF WORD
“Fracassi’s page-turning thriller offers unapologetic horror raised to the next level with strong characterization, great pacing, and visceral details that ensure we experience unspeakable dread alongside the book’s protagonist. I think I went a little insane while reading it.”
– Norman Prentiss, author of Haunted Attractions with your Other Father and The Apocalypse-a-Day Desk Calendar
“Stylish, atmospheric, and chilling, GOTHIC is an affectionate ode to the horror greats, and an effective reminder that Philip Fracassi is destined to become one of them. One of my favorite reads of the year so far.”
– Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Kin and Sour Candy
About Philip Fracassi
Philip Fracassi is the author of the award-winning story collection, Behold the Void, which won “Best Collection of the Year” from both This Is Horror and Strange Aeons Magazine.
His new collection, Beneath a Pale Sky, was released by Lethe Press in July 2021, and his debut novel, Boys in the Valley, was published on Halloween 2021, by Earthling Press.
His short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Best Horror of the Year, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, Dark Discoveries, Cemetery Dance, and others.
Philip’s books are translated into multiple languages and have been favorably reviewed in The New York Times, LOCUS Magazine, Rue Morgue and many other magazines, blogs and review sites.
The New York Times called his work “terrifically scary.”
As a screenwriter, his feature films have been distributed by Disney Entertainment and Lifetime Television, with several projects in various stages of development.
Philip lives in Los Angeles, California, and is represented by Elizabeth Copps at Copps Literary Services.