A large creepy estate, mysterious twin brothers, family secrets, a diabolical invention known as the bone machine, and a young girl who is not at all human.
Meet the Westwoods: a father whose inventions often create death and despair, his twin sons who are not above experimenting on the servants, and the daughter whose existence no one is supposed to acknowledge. A sudden infestation of ghastly creatures into their foreboding plantation home causes them to hire a lethiferist, someone who kills supernatural monsters. The problem is that newly-hired Rue, who like all her kind was born without a heart, is a supernatural monster. She’s also too short, too young, and too compassionate for the job. Compassionate toward her fellow monsters, that is; not toward humans…on whom she occasionally feeds.
Heartsick is a modern gothic tale full of thrills and chills and, ultimately, redemption.
Published March 2018.
Jimi Elba has it all: good looks, popularity, money, and the arrogance that goes with it. But he’s undergoing a change, an unthinkable transformation that turns everyone against him, including his family and friends.
Jimi, who’s grown up in a town where the mayor is over three hundred years old and doors to other worlds sometimes appear in midair, decides to show everyone that being a freak of nature isn’t so bad. With the help of a peculiar girl who always seems to show up whenever someone commits suicide, Jimi’s quest for acceptance leads him in and out of the world on surreal rescue and recovery missions, into fierce battles with creatures more monstrous than Jimi could ever be, and finally to his true birthplace. But a birthplace isn’t a home, and more than anything, Jimi wants to find a place to belong.
Published March 2018.
A farm boy would do anything to impress his wealthy girlfriend, even if it means surviving a ride on the Night Trolley. Published March 2018.
Dark Side of the Moon includes 4 short stories.
– A young activist in 1961 is too young to go on a freedom ride, but not too young to protect her town from a sudden horde of child-stealing monsters.
– A farm boy would do anything to impress his wealthy girlfriend, even if it means surviving a ride on the Night Trolley.
– A high schooler has a pretty girlfriend and a summer medical internship to look forward to. His life would be perfect…if only his dead ex-girlfriend would stop haunting him.
– A little boy witnesses the harbinger of the end of life as he knows it.
Creepy and quirky, disturbingly perky, these tales of Portero will provide the dash of weirdness your life has been missing.
Published March 2018.
“Brutally beautiful — not like anything else you’ll read this year, or any other.” – Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Clockwork Angel
Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.
It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities…
Published December 2011.
Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas, in search of a new home.
But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she’s far from normal. And when a crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.
Published December 2010.