An ancient evil thirsty for lost souls. A very different kind of taxi service with destinations not on any known map. Three coins that grant the bearer's fondest wish, and a father whose crippling grief gives birth to something dark and hungry.
Every town harbors secrets. Kevin Ellison is about to discover those that lurk in the shadows of Clifton Heights.
“Literate and stylish, yet fast-paced and accessible, Through A Mirror, Darkly is a thoroughly engrossing read. Kevin Lucia is a major new voice in the horror genre.” - Jonathan Janz, author of The Nightmare Girl
“Kevin Lucia writes my favorite kind of horror, the kind not enough folks are writing anymore. The scares in Through A Mirror Darkly (and there is no shortage of them), are of the subtle breed, the sort you don’t see coming until they’re already upon you and you realize it’s too late to catch a breath. Charles L. Grant excelled with this type of creeping, insidious terror. So too, does Lucia, and if this collection is any indication, we’re going to be enjoying his wonderfully quiet horror for decades to come.” - Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy and Kin.
"Through A Mirror, Darkly serves as Kevin Lucia's early-warning system to the horror field; I'm approaching fast, and I will fall on your heads like a curse from Heaven ... and oh, yes -- it's too late to take shelter. Brace yourselves, folks, with this collection, Lucia will subtract a pound of flesh and then some from your nervous system." - Gary A. Braunbeck, Bram Stoker Award-winner of To Each Their Darkness, Destinations Unknown, and the forthcoming A Cracked and Broken Path.
"Unseen cobwebs brush across exposed skin, tingling, felt hours, sometimes days later. That’s Kevin Lucia’s writing. He is a skillful guide through Clifton Heights, telling tales of mystery and horror in a town where dark secrets and ancient evils lurk to prey upon those who read Through A Mirror, Darkly. — Rena Mason, Bram Stoker Award winning author of The Evolutionist.
"Kevin Lucia's Through a Mirror, Darkly, had me thinking of two lines that have reverberated in my head for years.
One's from Ann Ahlswede's novel The Savage Land: No food, no water, unrelenting heat and utter desolation. The protagonist's woman is dying, and the protagonist is dying, and he rages at Heaven, "Why did we get made so small?"
The other: "When you're alone you ain't nothing but alone," and that's the Boss, Mr. Springsteen.
And that's the weighty blackness and profoundly sad truth of this book, the truth of the unique metaphors created by H.P. Lovecraft, Ted Klein, Charles Grant, and Dan Simmons. With word precision and masterful control of pace and situation, Through a Mirror, Darkly earns Kevin Lucia a literary place alongside these enduring philosophical horror crafters." -Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of New Moon On The Water, Mort Castle.
“With Through A Mirror, Darkly, Kevin Lucia proves once again that it’s only a matter of time before he’s one of the genre’s biggest names. At first glance, his work suggests he is destined to inherit the throne of ‘quiet horror’ once ruled by folks like the late, great Charles Grant. But don’t take Lucia too lightly – there’s a devious streak that runs through his fiction. It’s why he’s one of my favorite writers . . . and will be one of yours too.” - James Newman, author of The Wicked and Animosity.