SPECIAL NOTE: The Chrysalis by Brendan Deneen is included in this month's Creepy Crate! Order by September 9 to get your copy, along with a selection of surprise horror-themed collectibles. Use promo code CHRYSALIS for $5 off when you order your first crate.
Settling into adulthood is tough, but throw in a haunted house and growing pains reach a whole new level. Such is the case with The Chrysalis’ millennial couple Tom and Jenny Decker—whose spiking Manhattan rent pushes them out of their studio. After reluctantly relocating to the suburbs of New Jersey, they luck out with the real estate find of the century: a Victorian home set in a picturesque cul-de-sac. But though 79 Waldrop Street comes with antique charm, great square footage, and an affordable price tag, it also comes with a terrifying mystery hiding just beneath their feet.
When Jenny’s layoff and unexpected pregnancy compound their stress, Tom finds himself drawn to the empowering, breathing entity that lurks in their basement. Sure enough, Tom starts raking in the dough, leaving both husband and wife under the impression that they’ve officially become "responsible adults." But the higher Tom soars, the more frequently he descends into the depths of their home, where his secret obsession with the resident evil threatens to drive him mad. Bills and parenthood are one thing—a monster is quite another.
Described as "The Shining meets Alien" by its author, Brendan Deneen, The Chrysalis is already generating buzz within the horror community—and is even getting a big-screen adaptation from Oddball Productions and the Gotham Group. Creepy, twisted, and filled with slow-burn tension, it's both a "don't-read-this-at-night" haunted house story and a look at the sinister side of American suburbia. But as Deneen reveals more about the evil at 79 Waldrop Street, he also taps into the real-world scares of entering adulthood. Read on for an excerpt in which Tom ventures into the basement—and experiences the bizarre effects of the “chrysalis”—for the very first time...
The Chrysalis by Brendan Deneen is included in our latest Creepy Crate! Order by September 9 to get your hardback copy, along with a selection of surprise horror-themed collectibles. Use promo code CHRYSALIS for $5 off your first crate (retail price $29.99).
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