I haven't read the book yet (it's ordered!), but I already know that the arresting looking (in a dark, perverse way) Ms. San Giovanni is a very talented writer who imbues her work with an uneasy dread.
Giovanni scores again with killer cover art!
Her debut novel, The Hollower (an '07 release from the defunct Leisure horror line), was a focused piece of protracted anxiety about a thing with the ability to fuck with the deepest aspects of your self. It read smoothly and felt fresh.
"Sometimes no matter how vigilant you are, you can't keep loved ones safe" is the blurb that Bloodletting Press is using to tout the merits of this novel, a short one at one-oh-seven pages with a limited print run of one-fifty.
Kudos to the illustrator and to Bloodletting for marketing this novel with feeling.
Gotta say it: It turns me on when women write horror because they're breaking the mold. If a woman wants to go dark, she's got my attention.
Other female writers (not all horror) I admire are Caitlin R. Kiernan, Kaaron Warren, Louise Cooper, Katie Hickman, Alice Vachhs, Billie Sue Mosiman, Susan Hill, and Enid Blyton.
A little noir, a lot of dread.