Ghost Eaters: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Ghost Eaters: A Novel (Hardcover)

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“A dark and chilling story about a group of friends who discover an addictive drug that allows them to see dead people. Well, more like forces, and it gets intense. This was impossible to put down, but please read it with the lights on!”
— Laura Harvey, Copper Dog Books, Beverly, MA

“A Gothic-punk graveyard tale about what haunts history and what haunts the human soul. An addicting read that draws you into its descent from the first page.”—Chuck Wendig, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Accidents

One of Vulture's Best Horror Novels of 2022 (So Far), this terrifying supernatural page-turner will make you think twice about opening doors to the unknown.


Erin hasn’t been able to set a single boundary with her charismatic but reckless college ex-boyfriend, Silas. When he asks her to bail him out of rehab—again—she knows she needs to cut him off. But days after he gets out, Silas turns up dead of an overdose in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia, and Erin’s world falls apart.
 
Then a friend tells her about Ghost, a new drug that allows users to see the dead. Wanna get haunted? he asks. Grieving and desperate for closure with Silas, Erin agrees to a pill-popping “séance.” But the drug has unfathomable side effects—and once you take it, you can never go back.
Clay McLeod Chapman writes novels, comic books, and children's books, as well as for film and TV. He is the author of the horror novels The Remaking and Whisper Down the Lane. Visit him at claymcleodchapman.com.
Product Details ISBN: 9781683692171
ISBN-10: 1683692179
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: September 20th, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English
One of Vulture's Best Horror Novels of 2022 (So Far)
One of Tor Nightfire’s Horror Books We're Excited About in 2022

September 2022 LibraryReads Pick
An October 2022 Indie Next Pick


“Shades of Flatliners and addiction drama pepper this tale about a woman who learns her college sweetheart died of an overdose – from a drug that allows folks to see the dead.”—USA Today

“A legitimately terrifying ghost story and also a thoughtful and smart (if grim) exploration of how addiction destroys lives, Ghost Eaters should make Clay McLeod Chapman a star.”—Vulture

“A keenly observant narrative that, with a mix of body horror and just plain horror, plucks at the raw nerves of the grieving process.”—SCI FI Magazine

“Rife with body horror and hallucinations...the narrative sucks readers into its dark, disorienting world. It’s equal parts moving and gruesome.”—Publishers Weekly

“Chapman has created an experience so anxiety inducing, immersive, and intense that readers will feel like something is actually there, lurking over their shoulder as they turn the pages. A great choice for fans of A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay, Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Orphans of Bliss, edited by Mark Matthews.”—Booklist, starred review

“A high anxiety, utterly original, and compelling contemplation of what it means to be haunted.”—Library Journal

“If Clay McLeod Chapman’s previous novels hint at his burgeoning talent for horror storytelling, Ghost Eaters sees it fully realized...A compelling, relentless read...”—Rue Morgue

“The best book from Chapman yet…wicked, full of heart, and lasting, or more appropriately, haunting.”—Cemetery Dance

“Clay McLeod Chapman is quickly becoming the go-to author for hard-hitting horror that doesn’t flinch.”—This is Horror

“Reading Chapman’s work is always a test of stomachs and hearts in equal turn, and Ghost Eaters is no different.”—Daily Grindhouse

“Fans of body horror will rejoice as Chapman leads readers through a trippy world.”—Book Riot

“A nuanced, heartfelt story about addiction, grief, loss, and regret…Ghost Eaters is as humane as it is horrific—which is another way of saying it’s Chapman doing what Chapman does best.”—The Big Thrill

“I truly loved it and all its creepiness.”—Lauren Simonis-Hunter for AARP

“This excellent horror novel examines being addicted to grief and the lengths some go to hang on to those they love.”—Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune

"While this book warns you away from mainlining Ghost, because of, you know, ghosts, what you will get hooked on here is Clay McLeod Chapman's writing."—New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones, Don't Fear the Reaper

“A Gothic-punk graveyard tale about what haunts history and what haunts the human soul. An addicting read that draws you into its descent from the first page.”—Chuck Wendig, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Accidents

“Clay McLeod Chapman's guided tour of a shroom-and-gloom ghost world, where everyone is addicted to death, reads like a scared straight program that horrifies you into choosing life.”—Grady Hendrix, New York Times bestselling author of The Final Girl Support Group

“A terrifying meditation of the horrors of modern life and our collective fixation with death. Clay McLeod Chapman’s Ghost Eaters promises to fix what ails you, existentially speaking. But be warned: follow Chapman down this rabbit hole and you will see dead people.”—Alma Katsu, author of The Fervor

Ghost Eaters
is one of those rare horror novels that have everything: a dash of humor, real life demons, complex characters, a heavy dose of the supernatural, and the kind of ending you never forget. This is high-grade horror, and Clay McLeod Chapman is the real deal.”—Gabino Iglesias, author of The Devil Takes You Home

“Clay McLeod Chapman is a weaver of nightmares and Ghost Eaters is his darkest creation yet. A non-stop thrill ride, all you can do is strap in and prepare to be haunted. Chapman is the 21st century’s Richard Matheson. He’s that good.”—Richard Chizmar, New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Boogeyman

“A quintessential ghost story with a fresh, trippy twist. Chapman weaves hair-raising, goosebump-inducing horror through a sharp exploration of loss, addiction, and grim history. Haunting guaranteed.”—Rachel Harrison, author of Cackle and The Return

“I can’t describe how much I’ve been anticipating this novel about a drug called “ghost” that allows you to communicate with the dead. COME ON.”—Erika T. Wurth, author of White Horse