Moriah


A broken man, a broken country.

It is the summer of 1874. The American Civil War ended nine years ago but Silas Flood cannot escape its shadow. During the war, he served as an army chaplain at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse only to lose his faith, his family, and his vocation. Now he finds work as a journalist for a New York newspaper.

In mid-August he is dispatched to the mountain village of Moriah, Vermont to investigate sensational claims of supernatural happenings at a wayside inn where the brothers Thaddeus and Ambrose Lynch are said to converse with spirits and summon the dead.

In Moriah, Flood encounters others like himself: a grieving couple, a childless widow. By day he questions the Lynch brothers who prove less than forthcoming for they too are haunted by buried secrets, old ghosts. In the evenings he attends séances where the ghosts of the dead dance and sing and give comfort to the living. 

As he investigates the nature of these phenomena Flood must come to terms with his past and with the hold it has upon him.

Cover by Erik Mohr

Publisher: ChiZine Publications, 2017.
ISBN: 978-1771484138

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“Mills deftly jumps between narratives as the story unfolds, his prose saturating every page with dread as he teases out his characters’ secrets and lies. This intense novel will draw in readers outside Mills’s usual audience.”
Publishers Weekly

“Mills’ spare descriptions and terse dialogue contribute to the appropriately eerie atmosphere, as do the robust journal entries that precede each chapter. Another stunningly twisted tale mired in history from a master of the macabre.”
Booklist

“[Mills’s] trademark devotion to character, setting, atmosphere, and creeping dread is obvious . . . a slow burn novel immersed in the thick, claustrophobic atmosphere of a dark dream from which there is no waking up.”
Rue Morgue

“Although not quite a horror novel, nor even an outright ghost story in the classical sense, Moriah is nonetheless a story about people being haunted by ghosts. Melancholic and mesmerizing, this book will stay with readers long after they finish, and further cements Mills as a name in fiction to read and revere.”
The New York Journal of Books

“Think rather of Flannery O’Connor at her most gruesome, or Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, with its relentless suggestion and ambivalence, and fantastic suspension between interpretations. And yes, Moriah is good enough to invite those kinds of comparison.”
The Lovecraft eZine

“Moriah is a ghost story, then, but more than that, it is a story about people. It is about secrets, and how they destroy us. … compellingly horrific.”
            The Ginger Nuts of Horror

“In Moriah, Daniel Mills summons his tale of spiritualists in backwoods, postbellum New England in a heavenly tongue. It’s as though Frederick Busch or John Williams had written the screenplay for The Witch. Startling, and profoundly sad.”
—Adrian Van Young, author of Shadows in Summerland

“Daniel Mills is a modern master of the unspoken, a classical horror miniaturist whose writing references the bleak and existentially dread-full gothic Americana of Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Best read out loud around a failing fire on a darksome plain, as night sets in.”
—Gemma Files, Shirley Jackson award-winning author of Experimental Film