Sallow Bend

Something old and deadly has awoken.

When two teenagers go missing from the small, rural town of Sallow Bend, the residents come together to search for them. Little do they suspect that finding the wayward girls will be the start of their problems. An old evil is rising, and only one man seems to realize that everyone is in danger and this is not the first time it’s happened. With the carnival in town, people want to have a good time, but for many, this will be the worst time of their lives.

A tense and frightening folk horror novel through Cemetery Dance Publications.
ISBN: 978-1-58767-832-5

“(Sallow Bend) is an immersive page-turner where details about the characters and the eerie history of the place are effortlessly fleshed out. Paired with the unceasingly intensifying dread, the story quickly escalates from unsettling to terrifying. Baxter, already an award-winning horror author in his native Australia, seems poised to take over America as well.” – Booklist

 

Praise for Sallow Bend

“(Sallow Bend) is an immersive page-turner where details about the characters and the eerie history of the place are effortlessly fleshed out. Paired with the unceasingly intensifying dread, the story quickly escalates from unsettling to terrifying. Baxter, already an award-winning horror author in his native Australia, seems poised to take over America as well.” – Booklist

“Master of the slow build, master of insidious horror, master of multiple points of view…hell, Alan Baxter is simply The Master, and this haunting, chilling novel solidifies his position as one of the best horror writers working today. I loved every surprising, moving, terrifying moment of it, and so will you.” – Tim Lebbon, author of The Last Storm

“I loved this book so much! There is an old superstitious saying when you get a weird unexplained chill, that it’s because a goose just walked over your grave. This book gave me chills so many times that the entire gaggle of geese must have walked over mine. Sallow Bend was a pleasantly creepy surprise for me. It has pretty much everything my heart desires in a horror novel. There’s a small town with a dark past, lots of secrets, the carnival rolling in at the perfect moment to get blamed for some disappearances, and a whole lot of supernatural goings-on. 5 out of 5 stars” – Well Worth A Read

“Sometimes when kids get lost in the woods, they come out again. Sometimes that’s not a good thing. Sometimes they’re not alone anymore. Baxter’s Sallow Bend has more than a touch of King about it.” – Angela Slatter, award-winning author of All the Murmuring Bones

“Sallow Bend plucked very precisely at some strings installed in me by Ray Bradbury” – Freya Marske, internationally bestselling author of A Marvellous Light

“[an]exquisitely spooky read by Alan Baxter. If you like:
– Stephen King style small town horror
– Tight, character-focused stories
– Creepy-ass Exorcist ghost girl antagonists
– Gross gory deaths (🌲🩸💀)
This is the book for you!” – Richard Swan, author of The Justice of Kings

“Baxter is one of the greats. He feels next level.” – Well Read Beard

“Old school creepiness that gets better with each page. I couldn’t help but smile as I read this. Expert characterization combined with mounting dread make Sallow Bend an instant classic.” – John Mantooth, author of Holy Ghost Road and The Year of the Storm

“I truly love folk horror if it’s well done, and surely Alan Baxter conjured up something quite magical with his newest book Sallow Bend. It is a story that not only leaves reader’s at the edge of their seat, but also takes quite a few risks, and pulls them off beautifully.” – Julia C. Lewis

“This is a fast paced and occasionally pretty gross horror novel… The writing is unpretentious and an easy read. Good characters and a refreshing and unpredictable take on some old conventions. The monster is genuinely threatening and almost completely original. This is a great slice of small town horror. Go out and buy it. You won’t regret it.” – Marc’s World of Books

Sallow Bend is a mysterious and bloody novel… [it] doesn’t fall solely into the category of folk horror, but splashes around in the bloody folk pool while a storm cloud of existential dread, and a healthy thunder’s clap of nihilism, brews in the background. Sallow Bend could best be described as Twin Peaks meets The X Files. The novel has the idiosyncratic surface simplicity of Twin Peaks while carrying itself like an extended episode of The X Files. Baxter does an excellent job at creating the small tight-knit town of Sallow Bend with all of its intricacies and quirks, while he lets the true history of the town slowly unwind in a very fun and mysterious way.” – Brendan Jesus at Horror Obsessive

“The grief captured within this, while not a major focus of the tale, really packed quite the punch and was mixed in perfectly with the terror and violence that was all around it. I had so much fun reading this story! While I loved the ending, I also couldn’t help but want more! I wasn’t ready to let these characters go. Another must-read from Mr. Baxter! This story will suck you right into its darkness.” – Erica Robyn Reads