From the macabre mind of Bram Stoker Award nominated author Craig DiLouie, Episode Thirteen is a chilling novel of horror and psychological suspense that takes a ghost-hunting reality TV crew into a dark and terrifying world that exists beyond our own.
Fade to Black: Led by husband and wife team Matt and Claire Kirklin, it’s the new hit ghost-hunting reality TV show.
Episode 13 will take their investigative team to the former site of the Paranormal Research Foundation in Virginia. In this brooding, derelict mansion, they hope to use their scientific methods and high-tech gear to crack an infamous haunting while uncovering clues about the bizarre experiments that went on there in the 1970s.
But as Foundation House begins to unravel its mysteries, Matt and Claire discover it wants something in return.
Revealed in broken pieces, in tapes, journals, and correspondence, this is the story of Episode 13—and how an entertaining show about hunting ghosts became a nightmarish documentary of obsession, madness, and human terror.
“A beautiful Russian doll of a story… Episode Thirteen hooks you, creeps you out, and then it overwhelms you. It’s House of Leaves meets Haunting of Hill House, in all the best possible ways.” – Peter Clines, NYT Bestselling Author of The Broken Room
“It’s the literary equivalent of a found footage movie, and it works beautifully. Part ghost story, part metaphysical horror, total nightmare—Episode Thirteen is a must read.” —David Moody, author of Hater and the Autumn series
“An epistolary descent into a living nightmare … well-written and genuinely unsettling. Fans of paranormal documentaries, ghost-hunting shows, and found-footage horror will lose their minds over this one.” —Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Kin and Sour Candy
“Episode Thirteen is a suspenseful and engaging Rubik’s cube of a novel. The reader has great perverse fun twisting the pieces back and forth, facet after facet, until Craig DiLouie’s grand design stands revealed in all its febrile splendor.” —James Morrow, author of The Last Witchfinder and The Asylum of Dr. Caligari
“In this transcendent ghost story for the 21st century, Craig DiLouie charts the mystery where science meets the supernatural then dives in headfirst to deliver a haunted house story so heartbreaking and profoundly unsettling it ranks alongside the classics of the genre.” –James Chambers, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of On the Hierophant Road and On the Night Border