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Author: Brendan Deneen Narrator: Will Damron Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9781250307927
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Spawned by Brendan Deneen’s own experiences relocating to a New Jersey suburb with his young family, The Chrysalis combines chills, thrills, and a literal monster in the basement with commentary on love, marriage, and impending parenthood.

Welcome to the dark side of suburbia.

Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving “the city” is hard, but the blow is softened when they stumble upon a surprisingly affordable house in the suburbs.

For Tom, the bills, the mortgage, and Jenny's unexpected pregnancy add up to terror. He's not ready for this kind of responsibility.

Then he finds the thing in the basement. It makes him feel like a winner even as it scrambles his senses. A new job soon has him raking in the big bucks—enough that Jenny can start making her entrepreneurial dreams come true.

The Deckers' dream home conceals more than one deadly secret. As Tom's obsession with the basement grows, Jenny realizes that to save her family, she must expose everything. Before it destroys them all.

No one ever really wants to grow up…but sometimes behaving like an adult is the only way to survive.

"Creepy, powerful, wonderfully twisted."--New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry

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Quotes & Awards

  • Slowly-mounting dread mixed with can’t-stop-turning-the-pages fascination. Recalls modern horror classics like Rosemary’s Baby. Matthew Costello, author of Doom 3
  • Eerily beautiful in its descriptions of the circus and its misfit crew. Realism and fantasy mixes well in Deneen’s hands. The Ninth Circle also fits solidly in a sub-genre of carnival themed horror novels that includes Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Will Elliott’s The Pilo Family Circus. HellNotes

  • All the more frightening because Deneen makes you care before he starts the scares. A powerful, engrossing, and relentless book. Chet Williamson, author of Robert Bloch’s Psycho: Sanitarium
  • Deneen wonderfully concentrates the anxiety and emotional strain of trying to live up to the responsibility that comes with a growing family. The problem here is, part of that family is growing behind the spare fridge in the cellar. Deneen hatches all the darkest fears of having ‘one on the way.’ Bracken MacLeod, author of Stranded
  • Deneen's latest book catapults him to the front ranks of today's most exciting new genre writers. An old-school homage to genre classics, The Chrysalis uses themes of family responsibility and substance abuse, madness and artistic vision to create an unsettling mood that builds to a horrifying crescendo. This is a must-read. Nate Kenyon, Bram Stoker Award finalist, author of Day One
  • Reviews of Brendan Deneen's The Ninth Circle:
  • A fascinating read. A hauntingly told story, one to ponder long after you finish.. Horror Novel Reviews on The Ninth Circle
  • "Part Cronenbergian nightmare, part Lynchian mind bender. Highly recommended! Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of The Road to Woodbury

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About the Author

Brendan Deneen is the author of the award-winning novel The Ninth Circle, as well as the graphic novels Scatterbrain, Phoenix, Solarman, The Island of Misfit Toys, and three FLASH GORDON graphic novels: The Mercy Wars, Attack of the Red Sword Night, and The Vengeance of Ming. He has published a handful of stories and essays in publications from St. Martin’s Press, Necro Publishing, and Writers Digest Books, and recently wrote his first picture book, Night Night Groot. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters, and is terrified every time he goes down into the basement.

About the Narrator

Will Damron has won several Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has had acting roles off-Broadway and on stage and screen throughout the country.