A woman checks herself into an insane asylum to solve the mystery of her sister’s murder, only to lose her memory and maybe her mind.
File Under: Horror
From the subversive voice behind The Phlebotomist comes this story that combines the ambiguity of The Yellow Wallpaper with the narrative twists of Don’t Worry Darling.
What would guilt make you do?
Hadleigh Keene died on the road leading away from Hollyhock Asylum. The reasons are unknown. Her sister Morgan blames herself. A year later with the case still unsolved, Morgan creates a false identity, that of a troubled housewife named Charlotte Turner, and goes inside.
Morgan quickly discovers that Hollyhock is… not right. She is shaken by the hospital’s peculiar routines and is soon beset by strange episodes. All the while, the persona of Charlotte takes on a life of its own, becoming stronger with each passing day. As her identity begins unraveling, Morgan finds herself tracing Hadleigh’s footsteps and peering into the places they lead.
The terrifying reality of The Redemption of Morgan Bright unfolds over the course of chapters told from the points of view of both Charlotte and Morgan, police interviews, and text messages.
Chris Panatier is the author of Stringers and The Phlebotomist. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, daughter, and a fluctuating herd of animals resembling dogs (one is almost certainly a goat). He writes short stories and novels, “plays” the drums, and draws album covers for metal bands.
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“Haunting, gorgeously visceral and, frankly, gross – the mysteries of Hollyhock House will keep you pinned to your seat, desperately flipping pages until its secrets are unearthed. You’ll never look at a can of cranberry sauce the same way again.” – Lauren Raye Snow, World Fantasy Award Finalist
“This book kept me up at night, turning pages and seeing shadows out of the corner of my eye. Panatier delivers on a layered horror story that keeps you jumping at every unexpected turn.” — Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, author of Grim Root and Glorious Fiends
“Panatier spins us a tale straight from an alternative America that will haunt your days and nights. This is The Handmaid’s Tale meets Midsommer, an immersive reading experience that will take you deep into the caverns of your own mind to inspect the wriggling, creeping things that lurk in the shadows. How would you transform, in the search for personal peace? And just how far would you travel into darkness to uncover a dark and insidious truth?” — Caroline Hardaker, author of Mothtown and Composite Creatures
“The disturbingly irresistible pull of The Redemption of Morgan Bright grows out of its many deceptions. Like a Matryoshka doll, Chris Panatier artfully peels off the layers of his character’s mind. A beautifully crafted book.” — Gabriela Houston, author of The Bone Roots and The Second Bell
“Lack of bodily autonomy, memory gaps, and ghosts are just some of the psychological horrors inside Hollyhock Asylum… every time I thought I’d figured out its secrets, another curveball came along.” — Reese Hogan, author of Shrouded Loyalties
“The Redemption of Morgan Bright split me in two. Now there is the me before reading this book, and the me after reading it. A terrifying dive into the evil humans can inflict on each other, both while alive and from beyond the grave.” — Jessica Hagemann Bross, author of Headcheese
“The Redemption of Morgan Bright is one of the best depictions I’ve read of civil commitment, where the most challenging battle is not against the institution, staff, and other patients, but against yourself. If you’ve ever spent time on the inside or know someone who has, you’ll recognize Hollyhock is as real as it gets. And it is terrifying.” — Michael Carter, author of Boneyard Tales
“A creepy, beautifully written blend of horror and mystery, unraveling like a documentary into some very messed up supernatural and all-too-human nightmares. You will be easily drawn into the quiet hell of Hollyhock Hall, but I can’t promise you’ll make it out again.” — Dan Hanks, author of Swashbucklers
“A twisted chrysalis of a novel. A book to dissolve the spine and rearrange the guts. Read it and be altered, emerging with the kind of wings that soar best in the dark.” — Daniel Cohen, bestselling author of The Coldmaker Saga
“A powerful new voice in horror, Panatier skillfully delivers a mind-bending tale that blurs the line between reality and insanity while leaving readers to distinguish fact from fiction. An enthralling story that I didn’t want to put down, I’ll be thinking about this one for some time to come.” – Shawn Burgess, author of Tears of Grief Hollow