The Dead Spot

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A corner drenched in shadow. An earthquake’s epicenter. The part of a roller coaster ride where the car rounds the final curve and all force dissipates, leaving those trapped beneath the safety bar feeling sick and hollow.

A heartbreaking horror collection about girls and women trapped by circumstance, manipulation, and obsession. Introduction by J. A. W. McCarthy (Shirley Jackson Award finalist for Sometimes We're Cruel).

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Remember the '90s? Well...the town of Demise, North Dakota doesn't, and they're living in the year 1997. That's because an alien worm hitched a ride on a comet, crash landed in the town's trailer park, and is now infecting animals with a memory-loss-inducing bite--and right before Christmas! Now it's up to eighteen-year-old Realene and her best friend Nate to stop the spread and defeat the worms before the entire town loses its mind. The only things standing in the way are their troubled pasts, a doomsday cult, and an army of infected prairie dogs.

Cover art by Eric Hibbeler

Editorial Reviews:

"Fast-paced, clever, and nostalgic, Frost Bite single-handedly proves that Angela Sylvaine is a major rising star in the horror genre. This book's even got its own fabulous 90s playlist. Be still, my horror heart." - Gwendolyn Kiste, Lambda Literary and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Reluctant Immortals and The Rust Maidens 

“Sylvaine unleashes a horde of little horrors on the prairie in this infectiously fun creature feature, oozing with 90s nostalgia and heartland heart.”-Brian McAuley, author of Curse of the Reaper

"FROST BITE is propulsive, wonderfully weird and joyously nostalgic. Loved this coming of age, speculative novel!" -Erika T Wurth, author of WHITE HORSE

"A smartly concocted horror with all my favorite slasher ingredients. Funny, terrifying, nostalgic, and full of heart, one bite will have you up all night! Frost Bite blends horror and sci-fi with 90’s nostalgia to produce a truly unique reading adventure that’s both horrifying and fun! This is my most anticipated fall release!”- Meagan Dallner, Books Are Awesome

“A gleeful romp through blood-drenched snow. Sylvaine’s debut is both bone-chilling and heart-warming at once, equal parts nostalgia and fresh spins on classic tropes—a  coming-of-age horror perfect for readers of any age.” —Lindy Ryan, Bram Stoker Award®-nominated editor of Into the Forest and author of Bless Your Heart

“The best books are the ones that offer big concepts without letting them get in the way of the story’s heart: its characters. Angela Sylvaine’s Frost Bite does exactly that... You think you know what you’re going to get with Frost Bite? Trust me, it’s all that and a bag of chips.” -Alex Ebenstein, author of Melon Head Mayhem

“Fun as hell! Frost Bite is a campy, wild blend of Gremlins and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. As always, Angela Sylvaine delivers endless gore and laughs.” -Drew Huff, author of Free Burn 

"Frost Bite is a welcome skittering slice of another time. Sylvaine deftly brings grit-your-teeth hopefulness, heart, and a meteorite with a mean streak in this love letter to 80s/90s creature features. Endearing and beastly." - Hailey Piper, author of Benny Rose the Cannibal King

"FROST BITE feels like a cult classic creature feature from the dawn of straight-to-video sleaze. It is literally impossible not to have a good time with this book. Read it with a heavy synth score playing in the background." — Max Booth III, Ghoulish Books



My retro 80s slasher novella CHOPPING SPREE will be rereleased 9.24.24 with a new cover from Dan Kris, all new chapters and characters, and more bodies hitting the floor.

Eden Hills, Minnesota is famous for two things: its lucrative, ‘80s-inspired fashion mall, and a missing-persons epidemic that has plagued the town’s youth and confounded officials for years. High school junior, Penny, has grown skeptical of the town’s official stance on the disappearances, but has so far kept that to herself. See, she just started her first-ever job at one of the mall’s trendiest stores and doesn’t want to sound like a conspiracy nut to her cool friends and the popular guy who might just help her get over the dream girl who broke her heart. But when a late-night party in the mall turns deadly, Penny won’t have the luxury of playing it cool. A killer is on the loose, and the dark history of Eden Hills is about to be revealed.


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Release Date TBD in 2024

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