The Lord Came at Twilight



I know them, these hills.

In the foothills of the Green Mountains, a child grows up in an abandoned village, haunted by memories of his absent parents. In a wayside tavern, a murderous innkeeper raises a young girl among the ghosts of his past victims. Elsewhere the village of Whistler’s Gore is swept up in the tumult of religious fervor, while in rural Falmouth, the souls of the buried dead fall prey to a fungal infestation.

This is New England as it was once envisioned by Hawthorne and Lovecraft, a twilit country of wild hills and barren farmland where madness and repression abound.

The Lord Came at Twilight presents 14 stories of doubt and despair, haunter and haunted, the deranged and the devout. 

Introduction by Simon Stranzas.

Publisher: Dark Renaissance Books, 2014
ISBN: 978-1937128876

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“Reading the stories in this wonderful debut collection from Daniel Mills is like waking into an older, haunted America. The God of the Puritans holds sway, with terrible power and terrible beauty... Mills recalls to us America's own dark wood, and it is lovely to behold.”
         —Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters

“Daniel Mills is the Janus of supernatural fiction. His gaze is fixed on both the genre’s past masters and on realms never before explored. The tales in this book are haunting and are woven with a most eloquent darkness.”
         —Richard Gavin, author of At Fear’s Altar

“The stories in Daniel Mills’s excellent collection have their roots in the grand tradition of the American Gothic that begins in Poe and Hawthorne and flows through such descendents as Chambers and Ligotti... these stories inhabit the modes of the past as a means to approaching a profound darkness, one physical and metaphysical... Daniel Mills’s fiction would draw approving nods from any of the austere presences in whose literary footsteps he is following.”
—John Langan, author of The Wide Carnivorous Sky

“Mills has a poetic and visionary style of his own, capable of uncovering the beauty in horror and the horror in beauty… The Lord Came at Twilight is a significant and sophisticated contribution to modern weird fiction.”
 —Reggie Oliver, Wormwood

“[Mills] returns with a collection of graceful hauntings that bring the full range of his eerie and deeply unsettling literary powers to bear. You, lucky reader are about to be taken on a journey with a true Lord of Twilight... I envy you."
—Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., author of The Orphan Palace

“The stories of Daniel Mills are old school in the best sense of the phrase – namely, they are atmospheric, nuanced and filled with a lurking fear that is rarely seen in modern horror fiction. The shadows of literary giants such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and H.P. Lovecraft are very much alive in the author’s clear sense of the haunting past and the beguilingly beautiful landscape of New England."
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