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LOHF Award for Best Debut

The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is pleased to announce the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Debut.

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival.

When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.

Instead, she got Em.

Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . .

As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head.

But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?

Published April 2nd 2019 by Harper Voyager | Amazon | Goodreads

To learn more about Caitlin Starling, visit her profile in the LOHF Directory.

Congratulations to Caitlin Starling and the 2019 nominees for Best Debut:

The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah Read
Little Darlings, Melanie Golding
Theme Music, T. Marie Vandelly


We reached out to Caitlin for a few words, and here is Caitlin!


Stay tuned as we continue to announce the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards!

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