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The Chrysalis

The Chrysalis

Brendan Deneen

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"Creepy, powerful, wonderfully twisted."--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author

Welcome to the dark side of suburbia.

Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving “the city” is hard, but the blow is softened when they stumble upon a surprisingly affordable house in the suburbs.

For Tom, the bills, the mortgage, and Jenny's unexpected pregnancy add up to terror. He's not ready for this kind of responsibility.

Then he finds the thing in the basement. It makes him feel like a winner even as it scrambles his senses. A new job soon has him raking in the big bucks—enough that Jenny can start making her entrepreneurial dreams come true.

The Deckers' dream home conceals more than one deadly secret. As Tom's obsession with the basement grows, Jenny realizes that to save her family, she must expose everything. Before it destroys them all.

No one ever really wants to grow up…but sometimes behaving like an adult is the only way to survive.

For fans of 10 Cloverfield Lane and the works of David Cronenberg—or David Lynch—and spawned by Brendan Deneen’s own experiences relocating to a New Jersey suburb with his young family, The Chrysalis combines chills, thrills, and a literal monster in the basement with commentary on love, marriage, and impending parenthood.

Tom Decker looked haunted.

He stared at himself in the bathroom mirror, the weak light from the fluorescent bulb pulsing down on him as he attempted not to puke his guts out. Jenny was asleep in what passed as their small bedroom, cut off...

Praise for The Chrysalis

"The Chrysalis is a creepy, powerful, wonderfully twisted tale that will chill your blood and keep you turning pages faster and faster. Highly recommended." -Jonathan Maberry, NYT bestselling author of V-Wars and Glimpse

“A brilliant and terrifying fever dream of a tale."—Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of The Road to Woodbury

“Horror fans will love this dark, twisted, frightening story. If you loved The Amityville Horror or Heart Shaped Box, you’ll love Brendan Deneen’s The Chrysalis. Just keep the lights on while you read.“—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Great Alone

“Compelling.”—David Moody, author of One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning

"Slowly-mounting dread mixed with can’t-stop-turning-the-pages fascination. Recalling modern horror classics like Rosemary’s Baby."—Matthew Costello, author of Doom 3

"All the more frightening because ... Deneen makes you care before he starts the scares. A powerful, engrossing, and relentless book.”—Chet Williamson, author of Robert Bloch’s Psycho: Sanitarium

“Deneen wonderfully concentrates the anxiety and emotional strain of trying to live up to the responsibility that comes with a growing family. The problem here is, part of that family is growing behind the spare fridge in the cellar. Deneen hatches all the darkest fears of having ‘one on the way.’”—Bracken MacLeod, author of Stranded

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"The Chrysalis is a creepy, powerful, wonderfully twisted tale that will chill your blood and keep you turning pages faster and faster. Highly recommended." -Jonathan Maberry, NYT bestselling author of V-Wars and Glimpse

“A brilliant and terrifying fever dream of a tale."—Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of The Road to Woodbury

“Horror fans will love this dark, twisted, frightening story. If you loved The Amityville Horror or Heart Shaped Box, you’ll love Brendan Deneen’s The Chrysalis. Just keep the lights on while you read.“—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Great Alone

“Compelling.”—David Moody, author of One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning

"Slowly-mounting dread mixed with can’t-stop-turning-the-pages fascination. Recalling modern horror classics like Rosemary’s Baby."—Matthew Costello, author of Doom 3

"All the more frightening because ... Deneen makes you care before he starts the scares. A powerful, engrossing, and relentless book.”—Chet Williamson, author of Robert Bloch’s Psycho: Sanitarium

“Deneen wonderfully concentrates the anxiety and emotional strain of trying to live up to the responsibility that comes with a growing family. The problem here is, part of that family is growing behind the spare fridge in the cellar. Deneen hatches all the darkest fears of having ‘one on the way.’”—Bracken MacLeod, author of Stranded

“Deneen's latest book catapults him to the front ranks of today's most exciting new genre writers. An old-school homage to genre classics, The Chrysalis uses themes of family responsibility and substance abuse, madness and artistic vision to create an unsettling mood that builds to a horrifying crescendo. This is a must-read.”—Nate Kenyon, author of Day One

Reviews of Brendan Deneen's The Ninth Circle:

“A fascinating read. A hauntingly told story, one to ponder long after you finish.”—Horror Novel Reviews on The Ninth Circle

“Eerily beautiful in its descriptions of the circus and its misfit crew. Realism and fantasy mixes well in Deneen’s hands. The Ninth Circle also fits solidly in a sub-genre of carnival themed horror novels that includes Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Will Elliott’s The Pilo Family Circus.”—HellNotes

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Brendan Deneen

Brendan Deneen is the award-winning author of The Ninth Circle, as well as the graphic novels Scatterbrain, Flash Gordon: The Mercy Wars, and The Island of Misfit Toys. He is also the author of the bestselling picture book Night Night, Groot. Deneen lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughters.

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