Emancipated during the American Revolution, Salem Hawley is a free man--until he finds himself indebted to a doctor for treatment for injuries incurred during the New York Doctors' Riot. Recruited to recover the stolen grimoire, Al Azif, Salem embarks on a journey north, to Arkham, Massachusetts.
Plagued by rain and the incursion of strange, otherworldly creatures, the seaside town of Arkham has become a dark and dangerous place. Unable to trust the locals, Hawley is forced to rely on only his wits to track down the thief. He must also contend with Louise LeMarché, an outcast and suspected witch who is searching for the missing tome, as well.
Time is against Hawley. Something ancient and evil is rising from the depths of the Atlantic, and if Al Azif is not recovered quickly, it could spell doom to Arkham... and all of humanity.
Borne of the Deep, the second book in the Salem Hawley series is a novella of Lovecraftian cosmic horror and continues the story that began in The Resurrectionists.
Advance Praise for Borne of the Deep (The Salem Hawley Series, Book 2)
"Edward Lee meets Victor LaValle for an extreme cosmic horror tale." - Scott Kemper, host of Staring Into The Abyss: A Podcast
"Hicks has done it again, giving us a historical and horrific tale. Complete with deep Lovecraftiana, diverse storytelling, with a great protagonist in Salem Hawley, Borne of the Deep takes us back to the origin of all evil: Arkham, Massachusetts on the shores of the Miskatonic River. Michael Patrick Hicks has become one of the most exciting voices in horror. Hopefully, he'll keep the stories of Salem Hawley coming." - John Hornor Jacobs, author of The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky: A Novella of Cosmic Horror
"Borne of the Deep is a bacchanal of myth, sex and gore doled out in equal measure. Hicks paints an unsettling picture--a dark and pitiless world of rot and monstrosities--into which he thrusts his steadfast hero. Infused with rich Lovecraftian imagery, imaginative horrors, and a wicked sense of humor, this entry in the Salem Hawley series grabs the reader by the throat and bites down hard." - Chris Sorensen, author of The Messy Man Series
"The second installment in the Salem Hawley series picks up right where the first left off and moves at breakneck speed. Hicks deeper dive into the Lovecraftian mythos, and the addition of bad-ass heroine Louise LeMarche, ratchets this twisted, gruesome tale up to an unfathomable level and promises one hell of a finale in book three. I can't wait!" - Jeremy Hepler, Bram Stoker-Nominated author of Cricket Hunters
"Michael Patrick Hicks delivers a stunning follow up to The Resurrectionists with Borne of the Deep, a well-deserved update on Lovecraftian lore. Gruesome, repulsive, page-turning goodness! I loved it!" - Steve Stred, author of Ritual
Kindle edition ebook coming soon!
About the Author:
Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of several horror books, including The Resurrectionists, Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella, and Mass Hysteria. He co-hosts Staring Into The Abyss, a podcast focused on all things horror. His debut novel, Convergence, was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalist in science fiction. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association.
In addition to writing his own works of original fiction, Michael is a prolific book reviewer and manages the High Fever Books website. His reviews have also been published by Audiobook Reviewer and Graphic Novel Reporter, and he has previously worked as a freelance journalist and news photographer in Metro Detroit.
Michael lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.
Editors note: Some of the members of our Night Worms review team read & enjoyed book one of the Sam Hawley series, THE RESURECTIONISTS. Here's what we had to say:
"I’ve read some of Michael Patrick Hicks’ work before and enjoyed it (Broken Shells) but I think this historical, cosmic fiction series could be Hicks’ tour de force. I recommend this for fans of historical horror fiction, Lovecraftian-cosmic horror, strong protagonists and grisly, gruesome, violence and mayhem.
4 out of 5 skulls" --Sadie Hartmann "Mother Horror" Scream Magazine
"I love cosmic horror and historical novels, and Hicks combines both to make the first book in the SALEM HAWLEY SERIES a novella that I could barely put down. I'm ready for book two now!" --Mindi
"Do not be fooled by the size of this one! What appears as a short novella is packed FULL of cosmic horror, violent racism, gory medical advances, and experimentation, and has a touch of history, as well! This book is full of grave robbers and body exhumations, too! I am so pumped that this is the first book in a series because Salem is great! 4 stars to this one!"--Alex
"This quick read is the first in a series that will follow Salem Hawley, a free black man living just after the American Revolution. What I loved about this narrative is how it was interested in telling a broader story about racism during this time period, how it mixed in those real-life tensions and injustices with a compelling, dark supernatural story. Basing some of the events in the book on real historical happenings (body snatching and Burke and Hare–style murdering to teach students about anatomy and the Doctor’s Riot of 1788) gives this little book a meaty backdrop and makes the supernatural elements feel very vivid." --Audra