D&T Publishing has unleashed MALINAE, the cosmic “elder” folk horror novella by Josh Schlossberg.
The absentmindedness. The nonsensical ramblings. The blank stares. Ward Ayers, physically disabled and confined to his Jersey Shore home, can only watch in dismay as his beloved wife Malina slips further and further into dementia.
But when Ward catches a glimpse of a strange appendage in place of Malina’s tongue, he fears the woman he’s loved for half a century isn’t succumbing to Alzheimer’s but transforming into something…not quite human. As he tries to make sense of his wife’s disturbing changes, he starts wondering if he’s the one losing his mind.
Until, finally, Ward uncovers the dark force behind Malina’s decline and must plumb the depths of sacrifice and selfishness to reclaim his wife and preserve humanity’s future.
PRAISE FOR MALINAE
Winner of Horror Authors Guild “Novella of the Year” 2020-2021
“The questions of sanity, insanity, horror, and reality create a compelling first-person narrative…Thoroughly engrossing reading that incorporates twists and turns even avid horror readers won’t see coming.”
“An incredible book about growing old with the one you love…well-crafted and fine enough to be placed in my collection of cosmic horror…”
“[M]asterful blend of horror…I cannot praise Josh Schlossberg enough for this incredible story… reminiscent of when I was reading Ira Levin’s ROSEMARY’S BABY with a hint of the feel that Robert Bloch gave off in PSYCHO. Josh’s writing is eloquent, and completely engrossing!…This is a must read of 2021.”
“Malinae by Josh Schlossberg is a fantastic, Lovecraftian horror novella with a delightfully different protagonist, an elderly man with mobility issues.”
“A disturbing story that masterfully weaves a large helping of horror into an already terrifying take on aging and Alzheimer’s.”
“A meal fit for a king, or perhaps a god of the sea.”
-Books As Meals
“Well developed and suspenseful…the writing and storytelling is spot on.”
“The story is intricate and woven together beautifully. Josh is a master storyteller, and MALINAE is the proof…This is a story that will tug at your heart on many levels. Highly recommended.”
–William Holden, author of JACK and ALL MORTAL FLESH
“Carried along on a dive to terrifying depths where nothing is quite as it seems, MALINAE has everything we could hope for from a story: suspense, horror, sex, and biting humor.”
-JoAnn Chaney, author of WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW and AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE
“Haunting, harrowing, and beautiful, MALINAE is one of those books that sticks with you long after the last chapter. A seaside tale of love and terror, the sunset years have never been more frightening or visceral than in Josh Schlossberg’s deft hands.”
-Matthew Lyons, author of THE NIGHT WILL FIND US
“Fast paced and compelling, MALINAE is a cautionary tale about the dangers of negativity in an already tumultuous world. At its core it’s a love story, surrounded by unspeakable horror.”
-Claire L. Fishback, author of THE BLOOD OF SEVEN
“MALINAE is a thought provoking and horrific ride, one that will reverberate in your memory long after you turn the last page.”
-Gary Robbe, educator and horror writer