“The writing is so strong, and the stories so expertly crafted, that their unflinching nature is all the more visceral. INFLICTIONS is as fine a collection of horror stories as I’ve read in the past ten years.” —Rio Youers, author of WESTLAKE SOUL.
Welcome to the world of John McIlveen. Enter, please, but be warned… here you will find tales that blur the lines of horror, vengeance, humor, sorrow, and humanity. You will encounter broken people with dark secrets and darker desires. Meet Justice, whose art exposes your soul. Ride along as a man’s search for his daughter reveals that sometimes the best way to heal old scars is to make new ones. Go on vacation with the Seth’s, who are forced to play a game that is every parent’s nightmare. Play a Sunday game of softball with the most unusual team imaginable. You will experience the foulest parts of humanity, as well as the funniest and sweetest. Some of these stories will make you laugh, some will anger or shock you, but all of them will affect you. You will love, hate, and sympathize with the characters, possibly at the same time.
The collection includes an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden and an afterword by James A. Moore.
“John McIlveen never retreats. John’s not afraid, you see. He pulls no punches. He doesn’t turn his back on the horrors that spring from humanity, he forges mirrors and holds them up, forcing us to look.” Christopher Golden – NY Times Bestselling author
“A disturbing and thoroughly entertaining creepfest. So much wicked fun.” — By Jonathan Maberry -NY Times Bestseller
“Shocking, moving, and always surprising, John McIlveen’s Inflictions will delight and terrify the reader in equal measures. A solid collection from a talented writer.” – Tim Lebbon, author of Coldbrook
“McIlveen paints with a broad palette of colors, and he blends them and highlights them with a master’s touch. Tragedy and comedy, vengeance and salvation, hope and horror, the absurd and the sublime, all skillfully worked into the same pages and presented here for our enjoyment.” – James A. Moore, Author of The Seven Forges series