The Reddening: A Folk-Horror Thriller from the Author of The Ritual.

Adam Nevill (Author)


One million years of evolution didn't change our nature. Nor did it bury the horrors predating civilisation. Ancient rites, old deities and savage ways can reappear in the places you least expect.

Lifestyle journalist Katrine escaped past traumas by moving to a coast renowned for seaside holidays and natural beauty. But when a vast hoard of human remains and prehistoric artefacts is discovered in nearby Brickburgh, a hideous shadow engulfs her life.

Helene, a disillusioned lone parent, lost her brother, Lincoln, six years ago. Disturbing subterranean noises he recorded prior to vanishing, draw her to Brickburgh's caves. A site where early humans butchered each other across sixty thousand years. Upon the walls, images of their nameless gods remain.

Amidst rumours of drug plantations and new sightings of the mythical red folk, it also appears that the inquisitive have been disappearing from this remote part of the world for years. A rural idyll where outsiders are unwelcome and where an infernal power is believed to linger beneath the earth. A timeless supernormal influence that only the desperate would dream of confronting. But to save themselves and those they love, and to thwart a crimson tide of pitiless barbarity, Kat and Helene are given no choice. They were involved and condemned before they knew it.

The Reddening is an epic story of folk and prehistoric horrors, written by the author of The Ritual and three times winner of The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel.

Product Details

Ritual Limited
Publish Date
October 31, 2019
5.51 X 8.5 X 0.93 inches | 1.17 pounds

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About the Author

Adam L.G. Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of the horror novels: 'Banquet for the Damned', 'Apartment 16', 'The Ritual', 'Last Days', 'House of Small Shadows', 'No One Gets Out Alive', 'Lost Girl', 'Under a Watchful Eye' and 'The Reddening'. His first short story collection, 'Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors', was published on Halloween, 2016, and won the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection. His second collection of short fiction, 'Hasty for the Dark: Selected Horrors', was published on Halloween 2017. His novels, 'The Ritual', 'Last Days' and 'No One Gets Out Alive' were the winners of The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel. 'The Ritual' and 'Last Days' were also awarded Best in Category: Horror, by R.U.S.A. Several of his novels are currently in development for film and television, and in 2016 Imaginarium adapted 'The Ritual' into a major motion picture. Adam also offers three free books to readers of horror: 'Cries from the Crypt' (downloadable from his website), 'Before You Sleep' and 'Before You Wake' (available from major online retailers). Adam lives in Devon, England. More information about the author and his books is available at:


"Supernatural horror does not get much better than The Reddening. If you're a fan of slow build-ups, heavy atmosphere, superb and intricate plotting, bloodletting and a novel which has a unique sense of time and place then you are going to love this quality story. 5/5." Gingernuts of Horror.

"The Reddening is an intense, chokehold of a novel. It grips from the start and holds you down as it makes you consume the horrors within." This is Horror.

"I enjoyed this book so much and cannot recommend it enough to all horror-loving readers. Pick this one up for the gore, high tension, and superb writing. 5 Stars" Night Worms.

"The Reddening is initially a slow burn tale that ramps up to be a pacey multi-faceted horror that is so well written Adam Nevill is seriously starting to challenge Clive Barker as my favourite author I can offer no higher praise" Kendall Reviews.

"Powerfully visceral in all senses of the word, but it's also fiercely intelligent - this is powerful, razor-sharp writing." Hypnogoria.

"The Reddening is another horrific gem to be added to the author's back catalogue. The novel succeeds in being distressing yet captivating, unsettling but also often heartfelt. It's quite the emotional rollercoaster, exactly how every good horror novel should be." The Eloquent Page.

"Be warned: The Reddening is not a book to read alone. The sense of impending doom is there from the get-go. But it is genuinely hard to put down. Just keep the lights on." Pop Mythology.

"The Reddening served as my introduction to the work of Adam Nevill. That being said, I hadn't even finished the book before buying 3 more of his novels, it's that good." Steelrain Reviews.

"Easily a strong 5/5 on this one." Horrorbound.

"One of the most disturbing things I've read in quite some time." Anthony Watson.

"The Reddening" is Nevill's Devon Wickerman, and under his spell you might well, like me, shrivel into Edward Woodward hollering a heartfelt, yet impotent "Jesus. Jesus Christ!" Patti's Blogspot.

"If you like horror with complex storylines, wonderful characters, a rough coastal setting, archeological digs, cannibalism and cults, then you've found the right book. My rating is 5/5 stars!" She Reads With Cats.

"This horror is cosmic in the Lovecraftian tradition." Carmilla Voiez.