The Smashed Man of Dread End: Cover Unveil


In August 2021, when the pandemic is far behind us and we’ve learned to stop using the socials like soapbox preachers and scientists discover vast reserves of cotton candy under Antarctica, my latest novel, The Smashed Man of Dread End, will come out from HarperCollins. It’s a middle-grade horror novel about four girls against a monster like nobody’s ever seen. 

When Noe Wiley moves to Totter Court with her family, she finds a monster in her basement. A flat, mutilated man with shimmery violet eyes that oozes out of a crack in the wall. But it’s not just her basement. He oozes out of the cracks in the walls of every basement in the neighborhood where a kid lives. So the kids of Totter Court simmer in constant fear, waiting for the Smashed Man to leave the crack and do what he did to the girl who lived in Noe’s house before her. But this monster means much more than sleepless nights and nightmares, even for a parasomniac like Noe. It means something bigger about this neighborhood, and it changes everything they know about the world.

The book’s not an Amazon yet, but for you Good Readers on Goodreads, you can add it to your list. And please do!

When this book publishes, it’ll have been four years since Death and Douglas, so I’m ecstatic to be in the spooky middle grade world again. Until then, there’s always Cursed Objects, which I’m only kind of cheating on right now with this post.

Artist: Jeannette Arroyo. Designer: Catherine Lee.