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In the Valley of the Sun
One night in 1980, a man becomes a monster.
Travis Stillwell spends his nights searching out women in honky-tonk bars on the back roads of Texas. What he does with them doesn’t make him proud – it just quiets the demons for a little while. But when he crosses paths with one particular mysterious pale-skinned girl, he wakes up weak and bloodied, with no memory of the night before. Finding refuge at a small motel, Travis develops feelings for the owner, Annabelle, but at night he fights a horrible transformation and his need to feed.
Half a state away, a grizzled Texas Ranger is hunting Travis for his past misdeeds, but what he finds will lead him to a revelation far more monstrous. A man of the law, he’ll have to decide how far into the darkness he’ll go for the sake of justice.
Prizes and awards
Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award 2018, SHORTLISTED
Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel 2017, SHORTLISTED
Best Novel in This Is Horror awards 2017, RUNNER-UP
REVIEWS OF In the Valley of the Sun
“By turns spare and solemn – but also vast and treacherous – as the Southwest.” Jeffrey Stayton
“Davidson’s rich prose plunges the reader into a hell all the more terrifying for its banality... grabs you by the throat and drags you down a twisted road.” E.Z. Rinsky
“A beautiful nightmare. A book that haunts, teases, and compels. a must-read for any brave horror fan.” Erik Storey
“Like some knives, a work of art—sharp, frightening, and elegant.” Nicholas Mainieri
“A perfectly paced thriller that’s chillingly fun to read, but Davidson’s prose transcends genre like a fresh Cormac McCarthy.” Dana Chamblee Carpenter
“A flint-hard, gorgeously-written nightmare.” Laird Barron
“A riveting blend of vampire horror, a serial killer’s tale, and police procedural.” Dana Cameron