S. R. Hughes

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“There is a war going on behind things, beneath them.”

Paul had been a forensic psychologist. But after his daughter’s funeral, he hit the rock bottom of a spiraling addiction. When the spirits of the dead started rasping their wishes in his ears, he fled New York for withering Oceanrest—a flat-broke city barnacled to Maine’s coast. There, he’s spent the last five years scraping by, trying to shake off the burdens of his past, pretending to be a man without context, without history, without the secret ability to speak with the dead. But soon, all of that will be taken away from him.

Deirdre’s spent the past fourteen years as a resident of Squatter City—the most distal and dilapidated of Oceanrest’s gangrenous appendages. Growing and harvesting a hydroponic farm of mystic flora and esoteric plantlife, she’s built a business as a drug dealer and apothecary. After years of relative peace, Deirdre’s life finally seems tenable. But when one of her regular clients double-crosses her, what little serenity she’s discovered quickly unravels.

Deirdre and Paul soon find themselves under attack from criminals and cultists, on the run from Quebecois mobsters, Aryan Nationalists, and a group of young men who seem dedicated to a cause of brutality and destruction on an apocalyptic scale.


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The War Beneath Available Today!

The book is officially available in hardcover and eBook! Check out some sneak peeks here, or just skip right ahead to ordering on Amazon.com or at Barnes&Noble Books!

Learn more about The War Beneath on my website, check out the blog for some fun sneak peeks, or listen to the soundtrack on Spotify.

Fantasy is Also Horror Ep. 2: Who Gets Powers, Anyway?

We’re going to look at the three most common fantasy-setting systems of accessing magic; which are (a) Metric Magic, wherein anyone can learn or practice supernatural powers, (b) Genetic Magic, wherein magic or supernatural powers are genetic or inherited, and (c) Spooky Magic, wherein random people may end up discovering magic or being born with magic or other supernatural powers, akin to a lottery system.

Sneak Peek: The War Beneath Ch. 6

US Highway 1. A gray snake of concrete writhed past her. The Oceanrest exit let off onto an artery road, two lanes on either side of a double yellow line, a dying pulse bloodletting into the sea. Before the iron lung economy, there’d been a trailer park by the highway, and an ice cream shop, and a very large church. Their razed bodies curled in shallow graves, their bones hidden in underbrush. A monster licked the skulls empty, scavenged the flesh.


S. R. Hughes inhabits the glittering dreamways between blackened stars; but, corporeally, inhabits a small and treacherously messy apartment in Queens, New York. He writes supernatural crime, sci-fi, horror, and other strange genres.

S. R. Hughes has been featured in Sanitarium Magazine, as well as The Wild Hunt eZine, and on the Have You Heard the One? podcast. His newest novel, The War Beneath, is being released on October 1st, 2019, by Permuted Press.

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