J. Lincoln Fenn
Thrillers. Suspense. Horror.
J. Lincoln Fenn is the award-winning author of the bestseller Poe, which won the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, and the acclaimed novel Dead Souls, called 'wickedly entertaining' by The New York Times Book Review.
Fenn grew up in a small New England town and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire, studying with poet laureate Charles Simic, and author John Yount, a mentor to John Irving. She's lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, and Maui. Currently Fenn lives with her husband in Seattle.
“The narrative twists and turns are reminiscent of Dean Koontz or Stephen King at their finest. This story is horribly, horrifyingly awesome.”
Publishers Weekly starred review for Dead Souls
In 1939, on a remote Pacific island, botanical researcher Irene Greer plunges off a waterfall to her death, convinced the spirits of her dead husband and daughter had joined the nightmarchers—ghosts of ancient warriors that rise from their burial sites on moonless nights. But was it suicide, or did a strange young missionary girl, Agnes, play a role in Irene's deteriorating state of mind?
It all seems like ancient family history to Julia Greer, who has enough problems of her own. A struggling journalist, she’s recovering from a divorce and is barely able to make rent, let alone appeal the court’s decision to give sole custody of their daughter to her ex-husband. When her elderly great-aunt offers her an outrageously large sum to travel to this remote island and collect samples of a very special flower, as well as find out what really happened to her sister Irene all those years ago, Julia thinks her life might finally be on an upward swing. She’s also tasked to connect with the island’s Church of Eternal Light, which her great-aunt suspects knows more about Irene’s tragic death than they’ve said.
But Julia finds this place isn’t so quick to give up its secrets. The Church is tight-lipped about the deaths that have contributed to its oddly large cemetery, as well as Irene’s final fate. The only person who seems to know more is a fellow traveler, Noah Cooper, who thinks that Julia's not the only one on a mission to find the rare flower...which, if the rumors are true, could have world-changing properties.
What Julia does know is that the longer she stays on the island, the more the thin line begins to blur between truth and lies, reality and the fantastical...until she finds herself face to face with the real reason why the island is taboo....
PRAISE FOR THE NIGHTMARCHERS
At the intersection of “Annihilation” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” J. Lincoln Fenn’s “The Nightmarchers” walks the line between terrifying and provocative. Fenn once again proves herself a deft curator of our contemporary fears.
J.D. Horn, bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series
"J Lincoln Fenn weaves a tale that unfolds, layer by layer, revealing terrible and fascinating secrets at every level until you reach its devastating core."
Kate Maruyama, author of Harrowgate
“The Nightmarchers" will entice you with its corpse flowers, holding on by its cadaverously aromatic petal-pages until one of you reach the end, at which point you will realize, if not completely consumed, that the two of you have become inseparable, each a part of the other; and then you will not want to set the book down but start over, live through its prose again and again, forever."
Michael Bailey, author of Psychotropic Dragon
From the award-winning author of the acclaimed novel Poe comes an edgy and bone-chilling new novel.
When Fiona Quinn is approached in a bar by a man who calls himself Scratch and claims he’s the devil, she figures it’s just some kind of post-modern ironic pickup line. But since he offers to pick up the tab, what the hell. A few drinks in, Scratch offers something much stranger—a wish in exchange for her immortal soul. Fiona has been wondering if her boyfriend is having an affair. What if she could become invisible, see what he's really up to? It can be done, but for a price—in addition to her soul, Fiona must perform a special favor for Scratch whenever the time comes. Fiona finds the whole thing so hilarious that she agrees.
Bad idea. Not only does Fiona soon discover that she really was talking to the devil incarnate, but she’s now been initiated into a bizarre support group of similar “dead souls”—those who have exchanged their immortal spirits on a whim, and must spend their waking hours in absolute terror of that favor eventually being called in...and what exactly is required from each of them in order to give the devil his due.
With Fenn’s “wicked raw and proudly untamed” talent (Bloody-Disgusting.com), Dead Souls is a terrifying venture to the dark side that will haunt you long after you’ve turned the last page.
PRAISE FOR DEAD SOULS
The New York Times Book Review
"A wild, well-written novel that fuels suspicions about what might be going on in our oh-so-unbalanced world.”
"Darkly entertaining. Perfectly written. Fans of Chuck Palahnuik, meet your new favorite author."
Ania Ahlborn, bestselling author of Seed and Brother
Winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror
It's Halloween and life is grim for twenty-three-year-old Dimitri Petrov. It’s the one-year anniversary of his parents’ deaths, he’s stuck on page one thousand of his Rasputin zombie novel, and he makes his living writing obituaries. But things turn from bleak to terrifying when Dimitri gets a last-minute assignment to cover a séance at the reputedly haunted Aspinwall Mansion.
There, Dimitri meets Lisa, a punk-rock drummer he falls hard for. But just as he’s about to ask her out, he unwittingly unleashes malevolent forces, throwing him into a deadly mystery. When Dimitri wakes up, he is in the morgue—icy cold and haunted by a cryptic warning given by a tantalizing female spirit. As town residents begin to turn up gruesomely murdered, Dimitri must play detective in his own story and unravel the connections among his family, the Aspinwall Mansion, the female spirit, and the secrets held in a pair of crumbling antiquarian books. If he doesn’t, it’s quite possible Lisa will be the next victim.
PRAISE FOR POE
"A delightful, bravura piece of gothic pop…fans of Neil Gaiman and the aforementioned Buffy will be immediately taken."
"Hitting the high notes of multiple genres, her talent is wicked raw and proudly untamed. This is Fenn’s first novel––I can’t wait to see what comes next."