The Yorkshire city of Willingsley is full of straight-shooting, gobby
northern folk going about their day to day lives, with their love
affairs, their health problems and all of life's other nonsense grinding
on day after day. And then, suddenly, monsters come to town and people
start dying. At the center of it all is Eric Mayfair, a twenty-something
who a year ago was facing imminent heart failure. Fatal. Terminal.
That's what the doctors said. And then, miraculously, Eric got better.
He doesn't know how. No one does. All he knows is he has a new heart, a
great black leach of a thing embedded in his chest that no one else
seems to see. Then someone close to Eric is murdered and, in his search
for answers, Eric uncovers an unseen world of monsters, dark powers and
“Williams writes with an authenticity that turns this tale of the supernatural into one of deeper meanings about life.” — Damian Serbu, Lambda Literary.
''Wielding a scalpel forged from bone and shadow, Steven B. Williams slices open the skin of BBC soap-opera northern England and peels it back to expose an occult world. Here are bodybuilding supplements brewed from the essence of darkness, parasitic shadow hearts that grant their hosts unimaginable powers, shape-changing exiles from interdicted planets, and murderous demonic beings intent on bringing the universe crashing down around them.'' — Alex Jeffers, author of Not Here. Not Now and That Door Is a Mischief