The town of Silver Ridge, West Virginia, has
disappeared from the face of the earth.
A vast chasm prevents any living soul from crossing into the community. From
above, only an impenetrable layer of mist marks the spot where the town had
Inside Silver Ridge, the nightmare is just beginning.
Confined by this unimaginable barrier, the townspeople find themselves
confronted by the denizens of a distant dimension: horrifying creatures that
intend to transform the valley town into an outpost hospitable to their
existence. To these extra-dimensional travelers, human beings are nothing more
than pests to be exterminated.
Russ Copeland and Diana Harrington are determined to resist… but
as they face death to restore Silver Ridge to its rightful place on Earth, they
find that their true enemy may not be the incomprehensible invaders, but an
insidious evil whose origin is closer to home than they can imagine.
The Nightmare Frontier
By Stephen Mark Rainey
Publisher: Sarob Press (UK)
Format: Hardcover, 230 pages
Release Date: October 31, 2006
"Remember what it was like to read a horror novel that actually made you
sweat with dread and your hand shake ever-so-slightly as you turned the page?
Remember what it was like to feel your heart thud against your chest as the
plight of the characters became your own? Remember what it was like to have a
story cast a spell over you rather than ram everything down your throat? If so,
you've reason to rejoice; if not, then you need to discover what that's like. In
either case, Mark Rainey's The Nightmare Frontier delivers the goods. This is
the Good, Real Stuff. From its powerful opening in the jungles of Vietnam to its
nerve-wracking finale, this novel never releases its grip on the reader's
nerves, brains, and heart." —Gary
author of In Silent Graves, In the Midnight Museum, and
By the time I was up to the 7th or 8th chapter of The Nightmare Frontier, I felt like a kid again, watching a Saturday
afternoon monster movie — only this time with an authentic sense of dread.
The Nightmare Frontier
is a slick, fast-paced monster mash that blends elements of sci-fi with
The Twilight Zone, and will surely have horror fans flipping the pages
with a wicked grin on their faces. Add a huge plus here for one of the more
horrifying endings I’ve read in quite some time. —Nick Cato,
The Horror Fiction Review
...Rainey takes his time with the novel's first
quarter, giving us hints of the terrors to come, but he also wisely allows his
readers to get to know the principle characters and their personalities.
Then all Hell breaks loose when a small town is literally segregated from the
surrounding communities by an alien-like barrier, and malignant forces begin
making themselves known. Readers that love cosmic horror will love The
Nightmare Frontier — but any serious or even casual reader of horror
fiction will be rewarded. —Mark Sieber,
Rainey leaves no stone
unturned in this story of a fight for survival against an unstoppable
supernatural force. The characters have depth and dimension, and
Rainey’s writing style is very clear and concise...with a wonderful ability to set up emotional scenes that can grab a reader’s
a journey into The Nightmare Frontier. Your map is useless.
Proceed with caution. —Ash
The Rites of Romance Reviews
The Nightmare Frontier...is an old-fashioned romp through a dark
eldritch landscape. The night is alive with the sounds of insectoid clatter and
strange things move in the mist. Rainey’s thick lush prose brings this darkness
to life in a compelling fashion. Fans of H.P. Lovecraft and Manly Wade Wellman
are going to find themselves quite comfortable. You’re in the hands of a
veteran of horror, and he will leave suitably terrified.