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Michael M. Hughes’s bestselling Blackwater Lights combines the eldritch horror of H. P. Lovecraft with the supernatural thrills of Dean Koontz.

When Ray Simon receives a desperate call from his childhood friend Kevin, begging him to come visit, Ray can’t say no. Kevin promises to clue him in on shocking discoveries he has made about weird, half-forgotten events in their past—events associated with a summer camp near Kevin’s home in the small town of Blackwater, West Virginia.

But when Ray arrives, Kevin is nowhere to be found. So Ray does some investigating of his own, only to find that no records exist of the camp. Yet he is not alone in looking for information. There are Lily, a beautiful redhead with uncanny seductive powers; Crawford, a wealthy collector of art and people; and Micah, the mysterious leader of the Church of the Open Door. All of them are seeking information about the rumored camp. And they are all interested—very interested—in Ray.

Then a midnight encounter with strange floating lights sparks a return of old memories—vivid but fractured images that haunt Ray’s waking hours with intimations of terror and cruelty. Something dreadful happened at that camp long ago. Something was awakened there. Now, with the help of his new friend Ellen, a waitress at the local diner, Ray must navigate a path through madness and murder—a path that leads inexorably to an all-but-forgotten night in his childhood . . . and to a future of unimaginable horror.

Praise for Blackwater Lights:

“BLACKWATER LIGHTS has action, adventure, sex, love, designer drugs and violent death all woven into a globe-spanning paranormal conspiracy.  I mean really, what’s not to like?  Consider this my official request for a sequel.”
F. Paul Wilson, bestselling author the THE TOMB, THE KEEP, and other books in the enormously popular Repairman Jack series

“A harrowing and riveting thrill ride. Hughes is a welcome addition to the dark fiction ranks.”
Scott Nicholson, author of THE RED CHURCH

“BLACKWATER LIGHTS is a paranoid thrill-ride that deftly combines mystery, sci-fi, and horror elements into a modern day conspiracy tale. An impressive debut that builds to a satisfying, action-filled conclusion.”
Cemetery Dance magazine

“Disturbing, surreal, and spooky as hell, BLACKWATER LIGHTS is a brilliantly written debut, marking Michael M. Hughes as a talent to watch.”
Tim Lebbon, author of COLDBROOK and The Toxic City Trilogy

“Michael M. Hughes’s highly intelligent debut novel, BLACKWATER LIGHTS, weaves a stunning tale of intrigue, ritual, and dark magic. Brilliantly paced and beautifully written, once the journey has begun, it’s impossible to put down—luckily for those of us hooked on Hughes, BLACKWATER LIGHTS is but the first work in his forthcoming trilogy.”
—Lisa Mannetti, Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of THE GENTLING BOX

Top 10 in Kindle Horror • Top 25 Nook Bestseller • Top 100 Kindle Thriller 

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4 Comment responses

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    November 28, 2013

    I’m a HWA verifier and I need your email address to confirm Stoker eligibility for Blackwater Lights.

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    February 17, 2014

    Joel Theriot (itinerant preacher) not only crosses from the right to left, but he makes the sign upside down. A true inversion.

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    March 22, 2014

    Blackwater lights was a great book! It deals with good light vs dark in work of fiction that is more realistic than many would ever believe.
    For those familiar with occult history in this country may have a better appreciation for the book, regardless it is sure to entertain the majority of those who read it. Please write more books in this genre Mr. Hughes…as I will look forward to reading your next one.

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    March 23, 2014

    Thank you for your kind words. I try to incorporate as much real life history as I can into my fiction, and I’m glad it’s appreciated.

    I am nearly done the sequel, which is slated to arrive in October of this year.

    Thanks again!

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