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How far would you go to save someone that you love?

Sam Dalton is at the end of his rope.  His daughter, Jessica, lies dying in a hospital bed from a mysterious disease that has her doctors completely baffled.  Without being able to identify the disease or its cause, they are unable to devise a cure and can offer Sam little hope.  All he is left to do is sit there and watch his little girl wither away, day after day.

Despair has him wrapped tightly in its bony grip when an encounter with an empty-eyed vagrant he dubs the Preacher gives Sam the opportunity he has been searching for, a chance to bring his precious daughter back from the brink of death.  He doesn't know who the Preacher is, or if the Preacher is even human, but Sam doesn't care.  All he can see is the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

If he's strong enough to do what needs to be done.

How far would you go to save someone you love?

Sam Dalton is about to find out.



“A filler free and nicely old fashioned tale” – SFX Magazine

“This novelette is at its most powerful when it is describing a man tormented by the decline and imminent death of his only daughter. When a mysterious apparition suggests that he make use of an ancient ritual which can save her, but only if he is willing to commit seven murders, he is initially horrified as well as skeptical. But then the opportunity to commit the first arises almost by chance, and it works, so he finds himself firmly set on the path of homicide to save her. But there is a catch. There’s always a catch. You’d think even fictional characters would know that by now.” – Don D’Ammassa for Science Fiction Chronicle

“…a nasty little chiller that slices through the squeamish with surgical precision.” – SFCrowsnest



Joseph Nassise is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the internationally bestselling TEMPLAR CHRONICLES series, the JEREMIAH HUNT trilogy, and the GREAT UNDEAD WAR series. He has also written several books in the popular Rogue Angel action-adventure series.

He is a multiple Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award nominee and his work has been translated into half a dozen languages to date. He has written for both the comic and role-playing game industries and also served two terms as president of the Horror Writers Association, the world's largest organization of professional horror and dark fantasy writers.

For more information about Joe's work, visit him on the web at

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