March 31, 2016 by Philip Fracassi
I am extremely excited and humbled to announce the upcoming release of my new horror novelette — ALTAR — which will be available in an unlimited paperback edition from Dunhams Manor Press.
ALTAR will be released on April 8, 2016 and will be available via the Dunhams Manor Press website and through Amazon.com.
ALTAR is a story about a young boy, his sister and their mother, who decide to visit the community swimming pool for an afternoon of leisure and play in the warm summer sunshine, only to have things go… well, it is a horror story, after all.
The cover art, by the terribly gifted Matthew Revert, is below.
Here are a few blurbs from some of my early, first readers:
“ALTAR is redolent of hard-edged supernatural horror from the golden days of McCammon and King. Nobody is safe in a Fracassi story.” Laird Barron, author of X’s for Eyes
“Philip Fracassi’s ALTAR does to swimming pools what Peter Benchley’s JAWS did to oceans. Fracassi is masterful at quickly sketching in characters to where you know enough about them to care about their fates, then tightens the tension with each new turn in the plot, until you’re racing through the pages to find out what happens next. And what happens next is a series of twists that caught me completely off-guard. Fracassi has that rare talent of putting you, the reader, smack dab in his characters’ heads, looking out their eyes, which is the best way to ride this roller coaster of a story. Highly recommended.” – Ralph Robert Moore, author of Ghosters
“Fracassi has the ability to inject dread into the familiar and everyday, ratcheting the tension to reach absolute horror. Profoundly disturbing.” – Christopher Slatsky, author of Alectryomancer
And, now, the cover. Thank you so much for allowing me to share this with you. I could not be more thrilled to be releasing this creature into the world, and I genuinely hope, from the depths of my heart, that it does nothing short of terrify you.