A glimpse of Meridian and the City of Talos in which THE GODGAME takes place...
Saul, who has lived his entire life on the edge of the Copperton Forest--known for its strange and unusual wildlife--knows little about what stalks him. He knows only that it is dark, and powerful, and unnamable--and that it has stolen his nine-year-old son, Ezzy, from him.
Now he must travel into those ethereal woods, further upriver than he's ever gone, into a wondrous, yet surreal and nightmarish world unlike anything he's ever known, to recover his son from the shadows, if he can survive the journey...
"Shadow Animals is a nightmare journey into the realm of the fantastique. Deininger's surreal narrative is a live wire of suspense that crackles with tension. Who'd have thought the gates of hell were hidden in the New Mexican wilderness?"
~ Michael McBride, author of Burial Ground and Fearful Symmetry
"When I began reading Keith Deininger's new book, Shadow Animals, I thought, 'Wow, this reads a lot like Neil Gaiman.' By the time I was finished with the story I wondered if perhaps Neil took a trip into the ninth circle of hell and met Clive Barker there where, together, they spawned off the demon baby that is Shadow Animals."
~ Darkness Dwells
"Keith's writing and vivid descriptions keep you glued to the page. At times I had to wince, as they were so vivid!"
~ Wistfulskimmie's Book Reviews
"...a creative piece of work that I enjoyed and would recommend to fans of dark fantasy and horror. I am hoping that there will be more stories set in this world in the future, because this novella could be the bare bones of something truly wondrous."
~ Horror After Dark
"I have read four of [Deininger's] works, and continue to be impressed. This may be my favorite, but to be honest, I think I also said that after reading his others... this novella is gripping and very entertaining... Highly recommended."
~ Anthony Hains, author of Birth Offering and Dead Works