Announcing The Isle by John C. Foster

Anyone who has followed either Rich or I for any length of time will be aware that when it comes to favorite authors, John Foster is way high on both our lists. He’s responsible for having created two of my favorite novels of the last decade in the form of the dark, surreal, noir dripping Dead Men and the twisted, brilliantly chilling, and achingly human Mister White. Both of those books found an instant and abiding place within my black heart, as have most Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and Grey Matter Press (GMP) titles, so it’s with great pleasure that I’m telling you today about the next novel from GMP and the great–yes, great–John C. Foster. Coming December 4, 2018 to a nightmare near you, I give you The Isle. Check out the typically amazing GMP cover and read what folks are saying about this exciting new book from one of the best dark minds in the industry.

“John Foster masterfully weaves New England folk horror into a hard-boiled murder mystery to form a wholly original and gripping novel that will keep you guessing as the dread builds like a tide rolling over the rocky shore. Strange rituals, hidden histories, and dangerous paranoia intersect on The Isle in ways that turn northeastern peculiarity into something uniquely horrific and thoroughly engrossing to read.” —Ed Kurtz, author of The Rib from Which I Remake the World and Nausea


A deadly menace threatens a remote island community and every man, woman and child is in peril. Sent to the isle to collect the remains of a dead fugitive, US Marshal Virgil Bone is trapped by torrential storms.

As the body count rises the community unravels, and Bone is thrust into the role of investigator. Aided by a local woman and the town pariah, he uncovers the island’s macabre past and its horrifying connection to the killings.

Some curses are best believed.
Sometimes the past is best left buried.
And some will kill to keep it so.


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