This Skin Was Once Mine and Other Disturbances (Hardcover)

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Description


A brand-new collection of four intense, claustrophobic and terrifying horror tales from the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated and Splatterpunk Award-winning author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke.

THIS SKIN WAS ONCE MINE
When her father dies under mysterious circumstances, Jillian Finch finds herself grieving the man she idolized while struggling to feel comfortable in the childhood home she was sent away from nearly twenty years ago. Then Jillian discovers a dark secret that will threaten to undo everything she has ever known about her father.

SEEDLING
A young man’s father calls him early in the morning to say that his mother has passed away. He arrives home to find his mother’s body still in the house. Struggling to process what has happened he notices a small black wound appear on his wrist. Then he discovers his father is cursed with the same affliction. 

ALL THE PARTS OF YOU THAT WON’T EASILY BURN
Enoch Leadbetter goes to buy a knife for his husband to use at a forthcoming dinner party. He encounters a strange shopkeeper who draws him into an intoxicating new obsession and sets him on a path towards mutilation and destruction...

PRICKLE
Two old men revive a cruel game with devastating consequences...

About the Author


Eric LaRocca (he/they) is the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated and Splatterpunk Award-winning author of the viral sensation, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke. A lover of luxury fashion and an admirer of European musical theatre, Eric can often be found roaming the streets of his home city, Boston, MA, for inspiration. For more information, please visit ericlarocca.com.

Praise For…


Praise for This Skin Was Once Mine and Other Disturbances:

"Dreamy and gut-churning...Readers searching for visceral horrors need look no further." -Publishers Weekly


"LaRocca (Everything the Darkness Eats) is a viral sensation for all the right reasons, showcasing why extreme horror is so resonant, thought-provoking, and necessary. Suggest to fans of Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica and We Are Here To Hurt Each Other by Paula D. Ashe."
-Library Journal (starred review)

“Readers will be mesmerized by these stories and their engaging narration, experiencing the full gamut of emotions, from disgust to wonder, held rapt as the illicit lure of the shadowy side of humanity is tantalizingly revealed.”
—Library Journal (starred review)


“Eric LaRocca’s distinctive literary voice is a welcome addition to queer horror. I look forward to seeing his legacy grow.”
Poppy Z. Brite, author of Exquisite Corpse


“Eric LaRocca keeps getting better. Grotesque, heartbreaking, and deeply unsettling, this is the kind of transgressive horror that exposes the vulnerable human heart, that reminds us of our shared pain. Just the byline on his work—‘by Eric LaRocca’—should be considered a trigger warning. You know going in that it’s going to hurt. Caveat lector.”
Christopher Golden, author of The House of Last Resort and Road of Bones


“Eric LaRocca distorts spaces, both internal and external, creating new cavities within our bodies, fresh chasms in our minds, and flooding them with nothing but absolute terror. This Skin Was Once Mine and Other Disturbances makes for exquisite suffering and confirms LaRocca’s mantle as the heir apparent to Clive Barker and Poppy Z. Brite. Glory be to the new king of Horror.”
Clay McLeod Chapman, author of What Kind of Mother and Ghost Eaters


“Eric LaRocca is a singular talent, who writes ruthlessly, beautifully, bravely about brutality, who challenges readers to find their humanity, and ultimately hope, in the face of such horrors.”
Rachel Harrison, author of Black Sheep


“A twisty, intricate gathering of bleak fates. Beneath the skin of delicate prose lies indelicate menace. Eric LaRocca has penned a book that’s obsessively captivating, 
wherein even hope hurts like a shard of glass.”
Hailey Piper, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Queen of Teeth


“An intense collection that stalks its way around the kinship between pleasure and pain. LaRocca’s tremendous empathy allows him to look unblinkingly at the dark corners that others turn away from, in a way that makes his horror not only devastating but heartbreaking.”
Brian Evenson, author of The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell


“These raw and brilliant stories lure you in and then slice you to the core. Their terrors and scars will persist. Cutting, insightful horror from a new master.”
Tim Lebbon, author of The Silence and Among the Living


Product Details
ISBN: 9781803366647
ISBN-10: 1803366648
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English