For Detective Ernest Riley, the path to damnation begins with an anonymously mailed recording detailing a series of grisly murders. Can Riley unravel its secrets without sacrificing his humanity? Or will he surrender to the RAGE inside him?
Strom Wheldon has returned from Iraq a literal half-man. But he’s lost more than his legs to that desert Hell. He’s lost his will to live. Can love save him from the RAGE eating him from within? Or will a gift given in innocence cost him everything?
"28 Teeth of Rage has the bite of a crocodile. Drake tears a hole right through modern horror. This guy isn't on the way; he's kicking in the door." — Laird Barron, award winning author of THE IMAGO SEQUENCE, OCCULTATION, and THE CRONING.
"A powerful work of horror. Drake's prose beats with a million-mile-an-hour force, propelling you through meat and sinew with a terrifying bite. This is not a work for the weak, for the timid. With beautiful language and raw power, Drake takes you on wrenching journey into our worst desires. A propulsive read by a fantastic new voice in the genre, one you're likely to never forget."
—Simon Strantzas, author of "NIGHTINGALE SONGS
“This is a tale of possession and madness, but the kind that any sane person will understand. Drake gets inside the heart and mind of each character and never stops digging for the truth. You know these people. I know them. They have suffered terribly, and they are haunted by their loss. At the same time they are the inheritors of the spectacular horrors human beings have hurled at one another throughout our blood-spattered history. This is a hell of a ghost story, one you won't forget thanks to Drake's storytelling ingenuity, but also because it springs directly from our collective well of grief and rage. This animal howl— for justice, for retribution— resonates within us, and is unanswerable.” —S.P. Miskowski, author of the the Shirley Jackson Award nominated novel KNOCK KNOCK
"Ennis Drake's 28 Teeth of Rage is a blistering read, a furnace fueled by its characters' rage. With a surgeon's eye, Drake locates the pain and suffering that chews his characters' too, too solid flesh, while also nodding to the connections between the rage of the individual and the rage of groups, of nations. Powerful stuff.” John Langan, author of THE WIDE, CARNIVOROUS SKY AND OTHER MONSTROUS GEOGRAPHIES
"Ennis Drake's writing absolutely cooks. From start to finish, I was enthralled with his imagery, language, and mastery of creating horrific chaos. I cannot wait to devour a main course from this brilliant new author." —Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Bram Stoker Award winning author of BLACK AND ORANGE, and BOTTLED ABYSS.
"Bitter, brutal, and psychologically sharp. . ." —Simon Kurt Unsworth, World Fantasy Award-winner, and author of LOST PLACES
About the Author
Ennis's short fiction has appeared in various publications online and in print, including: "Love: The Breath of Eagleray," at Underland Press (publisher of Jeff VanderMeer's "Finch," John Shirley’s “In Extremis,” and Kealan Patrick Burke's "The Living"); "The Dark That Keeps Her," published in Twisted Legends, an anthology from Pill Hill Press (honorably mentioned in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 2); and most recently, "The Fishing of Dahlia" published in the Bram Stoker-nominated and Black Quill Award winning +Horror Library+ Volume 4. "The Fishing of Dahlia" also received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 3.
Ennis lives in Florida, where the sub-tropical climate exacerbates his psychosis (but, you know, the beaches are nice, the beer is cold and the stiffer drinks come with an umbrella).