A new novella from Gemma Amor, now available in paperback and eBook here!
Christmas Eve. A horse-drawn coach battles its way through a terrible snow storm, travelling the old Roman road that cuts across Wheeldale Moor. The carriage bears the miserable burden of Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox, a formerly well-to-do couple now fleeing London and the threat of debtor’s jail, for Mr. Wilcox has been imprudent with the family fortune.
Not that Mrs. Wilcox cares much for money. She is still grieving a great loss, a loss that cannot be replaced with any number of riches.
As the weather worsens, the carriage is overturned, with deadly consequences. Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox find themselves out in a freezing storm, lost, injured and penniless upon the moors. Salvation comes in the form of Wheeldale Inn: the highest public house in Yorkshire. An isolated sanctuary, yet a peculiar one. The Innkeeper seems welcoming enough, but oddities abound: a corpse, a silent son, a surfeit of victuals, and memories that come and go at a whim.
As the intrepid guests settle in, they realise all is definitely not as it seems at Wheeldale. Both husband and wife are forced to confront truths about themselves, their past, their present, and their future in the most terrifying of ways. Will Christmas Day be a happy one for the Wilcox family, or will Wheeldale disrupt their lives so completely there is no coming back?
Gemma Amor is a Bram Stoker Award nominated author, voice actor and illustrator based in Bristol. Her debut short story collection Cruel Works of Nature came out in 2018. Other books include Dear Laura, White Pines, Six Rooms, Girl on Fire and These Wounds We Make. Her traditionally published debut, Full Immersion, was released in 2022 by Angry Robot books.
Gemma is the co-creator of horror-comedy podcast Calling Darkness, starring Kate Siegel, and her stories feature regularly on popular horror anthology shows The NoSleep Podcast, Shadows at the Door, Creepy, The Hidden Frequencies and The Grey Rooms. She also appears in a number of print anthologies and has made numerous podcast appearances to date, illustrates her own works, and hand-paints book covers for other horror authors. She narrates audiobooks, too.