A Serbian folklore-inspired fantasy-magic realism novel.
A floundering university student battling poverty and insomnia; a brazen and ferocious young man haunted by a sinister voice; and a crestfallen oncologist traumatized by the death of a young patient. Miya, Kai, and Mason couldn’t be more different, but the world of fables hardly gives a damn.
Isolated in the forests of Western Canada, Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret. For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods with the help of wolves, and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: every now and again, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead.
When Kai wakes up next to the body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience. Miya begins experiencing signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim and finds herself caught between a supernatural kidnapping and a senseless murder. Mason embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.
Yet a maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets looms in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?