The Bright Lands (Hardcover)
Stephen King's N. meets Friday Night Lights in this queer horror debut. This book is fast-paced and bizarre. I finished it in under 24-hours, then stared into space for a good five minutes after I shut the book. It blends the possible and the pulpy to great effect.— From Gabrielle recommends
What do you get when you cross the sexualized horror of Clive Barker (or Peter Straub) with Friday Night Lights? John Fram's new novel, The Bright Lands, is one suspenseful and scary mystery! When a gay man revisits his Texas hometown for the first time since he was bullied into leaving, he returns just in time for his younger brother, the local football team's star player, murdered. Through multiple viewpoints, we discover the insidious evil lurking within the town -- both human and supernatural, leading to an eventual explosive finale! This is suspense writing at its best, and the pages flew beneath my fingers. Well written and with a queer slant, this is a terrific book. Delving not only into cosmic horror but also into the horror of prejudice and the deification of those on sports teams. I loved it and would recommend it for adventurous readers!— From Bill recommends
A Library Journal Best Winter/Spring Debut 2020
"Marks the debut of an already accomplished novelist." --John Banville
The town of Bentley holds two things dear: its football, and its secrets. But when star quarterback Dylan Whitley goes missing, an unremitting fear grips this remote corner of Texas. Joel Whitley was shamed out of conservative Bentley ten years ago, and while he's finally made a life for himself as a gay man in New York, his younger brother's disappearance soon brings him back to a place he thought he'd escaped for good. Meanwhile, Sheriff's Deputy Starsha Clark stayed in Bentley; Joel's return brings back painful memories--not to mention questions--about her own missing brother. And in the high school hallways, Dylan's friends begin to suspect that their classmates know far more than they're telling the police. Together, these unlikely allies will stir up secrets their town has long tried to ignore, drawing the attention of dangerous men who will stop at nothing to see that their crimes stay buried. But no one is quite prepared to face the darkness that's begun to haunt their nightmares, whispering about a place long thought to be nothing but an urban legend: an empty night, a flicker of light on the horizon--The Bright Lands. Shocking, twisty and relentlessly suspenseful, John Fram's debut is a heart-pounding story about old secrets, modern anxieties and the price young men pay for glory.