By Adam-Troy Castro
Now in paperback! Hugo Award nominee Adam-Troy Castro's Gustav Gloom series. Do you recognize the place your shadow is?
Fernie What unearths herself misplaced within the Gloom mansion after her cat looks to were chased there by means of its personal shadow. Fernie discovers a library jam-packed with each e-book that was once by no means written, a gallery of statues which are simply simple awkward, and reveals herself at dinner observing her personal shadow participate in the dinner party! alongside the best way Fernie is chased by way of the folks Taker who's made up our minds to take her to the Shadow kingdom. it really is as much as Fernie and Gustav to forestall the folks Taker sooner than he's taking Fernie's kinfolk.
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No! ” Fernie yelled. “Harrington, cease! ” She grabbed for him, yet by way of then she used to be earlier front door herself, gazing the end of his tail flip the nook on the finish of the lengthy entrance corridor. the top of the corridor used to be too far-off to make experience even for a home this gigantic, and the blackness too thick even for a home this darkish. while Fernie shone her flashlight down the corridor, the beam had no hassle casting mild at the framed work lining the partitions or the dusty chandeliers putting from the ceiling or the lengthy, slim dingy pink carpet marking the trail she’d need to stroll if she made up our minds to head any farther. however it wouldn’t illuminate that blackness on the finish of the corridor. Fernie nearly became again. up to she hated to renounce on Harrington, she had learn a couple of books and been to a few video clips approximately haunted homes and knew that the folk interpreting these books or observing these videos continually yell on the lady who walks deeper into the haunted condominium for being so silly. Fernie needed to admit that this was once pretty well an analogous state of affairs, and if her lifestyles ever grew to become a ebook or a film, she wouldn’t wish anyone analyzing it to name her silly for carrying on with to chase her cat into darkness. So she glanced over her shoulder simply lengthy sufficient to ensure that the way in which out used to be nonetheless transparent and observed that it wasn’t. the entrance was once packed with darkish shapes coming in after her. there have been too many to count number: issues formed like humans and issues formed like canine and issues formed like immense black birds and issues formed like colossal clutching arms and issues that seemed like approximately six or seven of all these different issues mashed jointly so that they didn’t seem like humans or canine or birds or arms yet what occurs should you soften all of them jointly right into a huge wriggling mess. The Harrington shadow was once only one of them, and although it wasn’t as titanic as a tiger anymore, it used to be nonetheless a cat Fernie may see via. It leaped previous the entire different shadows to dart throughout the hole among Fernie’s legs and down the corridor after the true cat. The darkish shapes imminent her all spoke in tender, whispery voices. “Little girl,” one stated. “You’re trespassing,” one other stated. “You shouldn’t be out tonight,” a 3rd stated. “The humans Taker is loose,” a fourth warned. They reached for her, their lengthy, grey see-through arms giving off a smoky mist at any place they gone through the intense mild of Fernie’s flashlight beam. Fernie did whatever she had by no means performed sooner than in her lifestyles, anything that she had usually promised herself she may by no means ever do if attacked by way of monsters. She screamed like a woman. She circled and ran farther into the home, her Frankenstein’s monster–head slippers pounding the crimson carpet as she fled down the lengthy hallway. She ran earlier framed work that didn’t appear to be something yet huge black squares, previous partitions that appeared to shift and dance as she ran by means of, earlier ornamental vases two times her dimension and darkish shapes that poked their grey heads out of them as though disturbed from their shut eye. different darkish shapes raced alongside the partitions and ceiling, their lengthy palms attaining out for her as she ran, and their voices whispering such things as “Get out,” and “You shouldn't be here,” and “Stay clear of the Pit.