Reviews

Praise for Moriah:

“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

“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

Praise for The Lord Came at Twilight:

"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. The night is wondrous with spirits. Though these stories bear the influence of Hawthorne, Lovecraft, and Palliser, the numinous dread fills them is his alone. Mills recalls to us America's own dark wood, and it is lovely to behold."
         --Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters

"The Lord Came At Twilight is silk-smooth and as dark as the shaft of an off boarded-over mine. Mills takes us that place and drops us in. He's kind enough to flash the lamp light down upon us now and again, so we can glimpse the claw-marks on the rock, the bones, the moving shadows... A terrifically affecting collection."
         --Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing that Awaits Us All

"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. Tales in the truest sense of the word, these narratives range through the styles and conventions of their predecessors, but in a way that is distinct from mere pastiche, however loving. Instead, these stories inhabit the modes of the past as a means to approaching a profound darkness, one physical and metaphysical. A pleasure to read, 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

"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."
         --Dejan Ognjanovic, Rue Morgue Magazine

"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

"Elegant and subtle, Daniel Mills' remarkable debut Revenants was a gift, and with The Lord Came At Twilight, he 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

Praise for Revenants:

"This beautiful debut novel, Revenants, comes as naturally as the leaves to a tree, a historical tale written with perfect appropriateness in the present tense. For, although the novel is set in the 17th Century, I have rarely read prose that is so present in its atmosphere. The reader is standing alone in a great wood, hearing the whispers of leaf, wind and water, and realising something of the wood’s deep strangeness as these whispers play in a frisson on the edges of the nervous system. But the forest is not only that of nature; it is that of human society, also. The whispers we hear in this novel remind us that the past is always with us, and that its revenants are forever brushing against our world, making us tingle with the recognition of things we had long forgotten."
         --Quentin S. Crisp, Author of Shrike

"A powerful and compelling novel of colonial America, one which has about it the feel of the genuinely weird and mysterious… Daniel Mills is a writer to watch."
         --Peter Tennant, Black Static

"Stunning… Readers are swept into the towering forests of colonial New England right along with the settlers as Mills calls up both the majesty of stately oaks and chestnuts and mist-laden scenes of terrified Native American women and children who were slaughtered where they stood. Otherworldly fiction from a promising new talent."
         --Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist (starred review)

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