Caretaker of Lorne Field

ALA shortlisted for best horror novel of the year, and currently in film development.

Part allegorical fable and part horror novel, The Caretaker of Lorne will keep you guessing until the last page.

Jack Durkin is the ninth generation of Durkins who have weeded Lorne Field for nearly 300 years. Though he and his wife Lydia are miserable and would like nothing more than to leave, Jack must wait until his son has come of age to tend the field on his own. It’s an important job, though no one else seems to realize it. For, if the field is left untended, a horrific monster called an Aukowie will grow, a monster capable of taking over the entirety of America in just two weeks. Or so it is said. . .

Reviews for The Caretaker of Lorne Field

“Superb mix of humor and horror”

Publisher’s Weekly, *Starred review*

“a very darkly funny dark fantasy”

Locus Magazine

“Harrowing. Zeltserman colors it black with the best of them.”

Kirkus Reviews

truly demented noir-horror monsterpiece”

Chauncey Mabe

“The Caretaker of Lorne Field is a wonderfully weird, gritty, and pitch-dark legend, perfect for New England. Weaved in the compulsively readable narrative is a heavy dose of our current society’s meanness, unease, and ambiguity: kind of a nightmare-noir zeitgeist. The thing of it is, the reader is never safe in Dave Zeltserman’s hands. I love that. You should too.”

Paul Tremblay

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