“Put me in mind of a Stephen King small-town horror
transplanted to the South…”
—Caroline Angel, author of Madman Across the Water
“...what can only be described as Dan Simmons-esque horror.
A terrific, slow-burning tale of small-town evil.”
—Jeremy Bates, author of Suicide Forest
With A Blighted Touch
2023 BHC Press Hardback, paperback, ebook
ISBN Numbers: Hardcover: 978-1-64397-361-6 LCCN: 2023930894
What if your touch made someone else susceptible for a merciless, evil entity? One touch of your hand and people could die in bizarre, gruesome or mystifying ways. Imagine being the plaything of a blasphemous monstrosity—and you aren’t even aware of it.
That’s the predicament of Christopher “Kit” McNeil. In the midst of a broken, hand-to-mouth life, an unexpected death forces him to return to his small hometown in the Tennessee mountains after eighteen years. A talented guitarist with a history of foul luck and poor choices, Kit discovers a connection between himself and the plague of deaths that have devastated nearly half of his high school graduating class.
When he becomes a suspect in the death of a police officer, and is stalked by three horrific and unnatural children, Kit realizes that the blighted nature of the town—and his own life—are linked to an ancient, malefic being. She will soon be free to roam the land once more. But can Kit get out of his own way long enough to face down the Mother of a Thousand Wombs? Or will the depraved Dunley family continue their reign of terror over Black Rock by helping to unleashing the thing that the Cherokee once called Uyaga?
“A gripping tale of terror that had me gasping from the very first chapter. Horrifying scenes to rival such stories as Salem’s Lot with a twist of Stranger Things, this book kept me engaged through the entire, well written narrative, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly” —Nicole Willson, author of Tidepool and The Shadow Dancers of Brixton Hill
“King and Koontz are only a couple inspirational ingredients in With a Blighted Touch, for this dark recipe is all of Kingrea’s own. The story builds a foundation of dread and support beams of unease that are absolutely necessary for small town horror to work. Kingrea pulls it off with deft authority and inspiration. Recommended for horror and thriller fans of all stripes.”
—Ben Ethridge, Bram Stoker Award-Winning-Author of Black & Orange
“Kingrea brings us on a trip to the malignant heart of small-town America. A journey filled with monsters, secrets, and heaps of dread. With a voice that would be at home amongst the greats of the genre…a chiller of a tale which will drag you home kicking and screaming.” —C.M. Forest, author of Infested
“Reading J. Todd Kingrea’s With a Blighted Touch was like surviving a dark ride designed by Stephen King. The story of an antihero revisiting his Tennessee hometown to defeat a creeping evil was scary, delicious, and fun.”
—Steven Ramirez, author of the Hellborn Series