As is tradition, each new Monday brings with it a new 50 Book Pledge Featured Read, and this week’s Featured Read is a surreal, mind-bending road trip from hell!
For fans of the strange and macabre, Joseph Fink likely doesn’t need any introduction. For those of you who have yet to run into his incredible, strange body of work, Fink is the co-creator of the wildly successful podcast Welcome To Night Vale (Glow Cloud, all hail) and the entire community of podcasts, live shows, and books that came from it. Alice Isn’t Dead is one of those podcasts, and it has finally been turned into a novel! Want to learn more? Keep reading!
“This isn’t a story. It’s a road trip.”
All Keisha Taylor wanted was a quaint, happy life with her wife Alice, and that’s exactly what she got… at least, until the day Alice disappeared. Keisha searched for months afterward, hoping to find any trace of her wife that she could. With no leads and no trace of Alice to be found, Keisha gave up. She assumed Alice was dead, held a funeral, mourned, and decided it was about time to get on with her life.
But if Alice actually died, then why did Keisha just see her in the background of a news broadcast? Come to think of it, why has Keisha been seeing her in the background of news broadcasts from all across America? And what do all of these broadcasts have in common? They all just so happen to be held at the site of every major tragedy and accident across the country…
Soon after, Keisha starts to discover some (perhaps not-so-hidden) clues. Deciding to follow them, Keisha gets a job with Bay and Creek shipping – a shipping company that mysteriously appears in a number of Alice’s old letters – hops in a big rig, and sets out across America to find her (maybe alive?) wife.
Unfortunately for Keisha, though, things are not entirely as they seem. Instead of what we all would like to be a straightforward reunion, Keisha becomes witness to an otherworldly, supernatural conflict being waged right before our eyes; a conflict filled with not-quite-human serial murderers called Thistle Men, a town literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way, way beyond Keisha, Alice, or Bay and Creek shipping.
Alice Isn’t Dead is a wild ride through the highways and backroads of America that is perfect for fans of Twin Peaks, Stranger Things, and The Shining. This surreal, mind-bending road trip from hell is sure to shock even the most seasoned horror readers and the hardcover package is stunning! We promise you won’t be able to take your eyes off the page as the conspiracy unfolds and the mystery deepens.
Whether you’ve already read or listened to the work of Joseph Fink, Alice Isn’t Dead is a tremendous read that has a little something for every reader. Add it to your 50 Book Pledge shelf today, and let us know what you think of it on Twitter @SavvyReader!
And now, time for a joke:
“Why did the chicken cross the road?
Because the dead return, because light reverses, because the sky is a gap, because it’s a shout, because light reverses, because the dead return, because footsteps in the basement, because footsteps on the roof, because the sky is a shout, because it’s a gap, because the grass doesn’t grow, or grows too much, or grows wrong, because the dead return, because the dead return.” – Joseph Fink, Alice Isn’t Dead
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