Soon to be a full length feature film: DISSOLUTION directed by Paul Leyden (based on the novella Dissolution)
Introduction by Elizabeth Massie
An explosive new novella collection from Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author Lisa Mannetti.
In Dissolution, Stuart Granville is a would-be medical student from the South who’s been expelled for drinking and believes he’s heading north to Hyde Park, New York to tutor twin girls. Instead, he discovers that his charges, Abby and Eleanor, have never been to school of any kind. They are also Siamese twins and their father, a doctor with grandiose dreams, means to separate them surgically. He intends to take advantage of Stuart’s expertise and vulnerability; but unbeknownst to both men, the supernatural force in the house has an agenda–and a will–of its own.
In The Sheila Na Gig, Tom Smith is on a ship in steerage and bound for New York from his native Ireland after facing down the constraints imposed by his family, overcoming the loss of his first love, circumventing his grandmother’s wiles and occult knowledge, and trying to save his younger, mentally challenged sister, Delia, from both witchcraft and sexual abuse.
“In a genre glutted with soulless practitioners, grinding out “product” like sausages, Lisa Mannetti’s continues to be a refreshingly personal voice. Her work is idiosyncratic, erudite, intense … and authentically nightmarish.”
—Robert Dunbar, author of Martyrs & Monsters and Willy
“Lisa Mannetti’s evocative prose is at once romantic and terrifying. Her fascination with details immerses her readers in vivid, historical landscapes painted with supernatural dread. The two novellas that comprise Deathwatch shock and linger in the psyche—much like the phantom forces that torment her protagonists.”
— Gregory Lamberson, author of The Frenzy Way and The Jake Helman File
“Lisa Mannetti’s Deathwatch is horror at its most intelligent and subtle. These two tales delve deep into ghastly subjects as varied as the butcher ship history of early modern surgery and criminal madness and demonic rape, and yet Lisa Mannetti writes with such compassion for her characters that even their horrific lives seem sympathetic. And, AND she does it with prose so finely crafted and absorbing that I lost an entire evening somewhere in the pages of these tales. This is the kind of book that forms the foundation of a great literary career. Treat yourself to an evening with Lisa Mannetti. She’s going to leave you breathless.”
— Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead
“Lisa Mannetti is a name to watch when it comes to quality horror fiction.”
— Gef Fox, Wag the Fox (Read the whole review)
“Never have I been so enchanted while experiencing all engrossing horror.”
— Grade Z Horror (Read the whole review)
“Both of the novellas in DEATHWATCH are intelligent, sensual, and genuinely horrifying stories that left me yearning for more. Much more. ”
— Shane Keene, Shotgun Logic (Read the whole review)