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The Hollow Kind: A Novel (Hardcover)
“The Hollow Kind seeps into your subconscious and waits for you in your nightmares.” —S. A. Cosby, bestselling author of Razorblade Tears
Andy Davidson’s epic horror novel about the spectacular decline of the Redfern family, haunted by an ancient evil.
When Nellie Gardner learns that she has inherited a turpentine estate from her long-lost grandfather, she throws everything she can think of in her pickup and flees to Georgia with her eleven-year-old son, Max, in tow.
August Redfern’s “estate” is a decrepit farmhouse on a thousand acres of old pine forest, but Nellie sees it as the perfect refuge—a safe place to hide from her violent husband and the chance for a fresh start. But Max sees what his mother can’t: Redfern Hill is no haven. Something lurks beneath the soil, ancient and hungry, with the power to corrupt hearts and destroy souls. And Nellie’s return is about to wake it up.
From the author of The Boatman’s Daughter comes a jaw-dropping, terrifying novel about legacy and the nightmares hidden in family histories. Andy Davidson’s The Hollow Kind is a twisted tale of cosmic horror mixed with a stunning Southern Gothic fable that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.
About the Author
Andy Davidson is the Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of In the Valley of the Sun and The Boatman’s Daughter. Born and raised in Arkansas, he makes his home in Georgia, where he lives with his wife, Crystal, and a bunch of cats.
An Esquire Best Horror Book of 2022
A Paste Magazine Best Horror Book of 2022
"Andy Davidson is quickly establishing himself as the newest master of southern gothic horror. The Hollow Kind seeps into your subconscious and waits for you in your nightmares."
—S. A. Cosby, bestselling author of Razorblade Tears
"Mr. Davidson once more proves himself master of the art of horror writing."
—Wall Street Journal Review
"Davidson effectively uses horror to explore intergenerational trauma. The characters are diverse and interesting.... Inventive and rich, The Hollow Kind is an entertaining and frightening family saga."
—Sarah Rachel Egelman, Book Reporter
"Masterful writing... The Hollow Kind is a riveting novel that will satisfy any horror fan (and many soon-to-be fans). Andy Davidson has done a sublime job with this portrait of a family plagued by supernatural terror and very human trauma."
—Mariko Hewer, Washington Independent Review of Books
"Lush, imaginative, and teeming with skin crawling imagery, The Hollow Kind is a stunning blending of genres and eras into one very impactful package"
—Matthew Jackson, Paste Magazine
"The Hollow Kind is a classic piece of Southern Gothic literature: dense, baroque, and rooted in the history of the land. Faulkner and Lovecraft would both approve."
—Neil McRobert, Esquire
“A deep, dark story of family secrets and inherited horrors, Andy Davidson’s The Hollow Kind is as gripping and twisted as old tree roots—you can practically smell the creosote and longleaf pine. This one kept me up, turning pages long into the night.”
—T. Kingfisher, author of What Moves the Dead
“The Hollow Kind is a gloriously wild, twisted family saga with buckets of body horror and is going to mess you up good.”
—Paul Tremblay, author of The Pallbearers Club, on Twitter
"A visceral story that weaves past and present together, The Hollow Kind is a well-crafted tale about secrets that refuse to stay hidden, the weight of past sins, and redemption. With atmospheric imagery, compelling characters, and a gripping premise, Davidson proves why horror is one of the most effective genres for exploring interpersonal conflict and the complicated nature of familial relationships."
"Andy Davidson’s imagination is deep, dark, and visceral."
—BN Editors, Best Horror Books of 2022
"With his third novel, Davidson plants his roots in horror’s soil as one its most talented voices . . . The Hollow Kind is a Southern Gothic epic that masterfully weaves elements of body, folk, and cosmic horror, knitting it all together into something wholly new, immersive, terrifying, and utterly breathtaking."
–Becky Spratford, Booklist
“Greed, trespass, revenge, and obsession provide the emotional palette for this breathless, wide-eyed horror fable that chronicles the unforgivable trespasses that cost multiple generations their souls.”
"Whether you call it historical horror, folk horror, or southern gothic, Andy Davidson's The Hollow Kind is as beautifully written as it is chilling. The combination of dual timelines with a little-explored piece of America's past truly sets this book apart. Every page reverberates with inescapable dread."
—Alma Katsu, author of The Fervor