FROM ASHES--Now available in digital format at HorrorMall.com
Cover art by Mike Bohatch
Angie's battle with cancer is over, but her confrontation with evil has just begun. Memories of a woman, named Mariella Lewis, who lived and died years ago, begin to haunt to her. The two women have a dark and unsettling connection within the haunted halls and rooms of Stone County Hospital. Nurses there are not of this world and patients are trapped in eternal agony. Rituals to an ancient Goddess named Cerridwen take place within the hospital's crumbling walls. Gradually Mariella's thoughts and deeds become stronger and a forgotten incident from Angie's childhood intertwines with mounting terror. Cerridwen has brought Angie and Mariella together. Cerridwen never forgets words whispered in innocence, or blood offerings she has received. She comes to claim Angie. Demons join the dark Goddess in her quest to possess yet another soul. Angie's battle within the walls of Stone Country hospital have just begun and her suffering may be eternal...
“A fever dream of a novel, FROM ASHES is a horrifying and surreal nightmare that could only be conjured in the exquisitely twisted mind of Sandy DeLuca. With a unique vision and a voice all her own, Sandy has woven another unforgettable tale to rival her previous novels DESCENT, MANHATTAN GRIMOIRE and SETTLING IN NAZARETH. Skillfully written, intelligent, and profoundly disturbing, FROM ASHES will leave you reeling. If you thought you were afraid of hospitals before, just wait. Do not miss this.” Greg F. Gifune, author of THE BLEEDING SEASON "Is anyone in the genre still writing for adults? In these dark days of vampire romances and zombie extravaganzas, few authors follow in the disciplined footsteps of masters like Shirley Jackson or Henry James, of Algernon Blackwood or Oliver Onions. Few “writers” even recognize the names. A delightful exception is Sandy DeLuca. Her works are steeped in a darkness in which poetry echoes. (So do screams.) DeLuca offers chills and pleasures that are no mere matter of gore or genre tropes but that satisfy in the way that all real literature satisfies, in the way all true art satisfies, by challenging and touching us … by changing us." —Robert Dunbar, author of THE SHORE