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There are no words for it. Ecstasy is laughably inadequate, as are rapture, euphoria, bliss . . . . Ugly, harsh syllables that come nowhere near capturing the merest fraction of what he feels. The experience is primal and transcendent, like birth, like death.

Scott Raymond lost his parents in a bloodbath when he was only nine years old, but despite the occasional headaches and hallucinations, he's managed to turn that trauma into moderate success as a true crime writer. The success doesn't extend to keeping up the relationship with his estranged wife and son, however. Hoping to regain a sense of normal family life, he follows them to Ash Creek, Ohio under the pretense of writing a new book about a missing six-year-old girl.

There, he encounters a young woman who shares the missing girl's name. She leads Scott into a world of psychotropic spiders, shark-toothed teenagers and the expression of nearly every dark desire. Fear and fascination lay equal claim as the nightmare fantasies of this realm bleed into Scott's daily life and his attempts to maintain a relationship with his son.

Soon, he will need to use this world of cruelty and pain to face his past, his future, and what his life might have become. If he fails, it is only a matter of time before the nightmare that bloodied his childhood will reach out to ensnare his own son.

"[Tim Waggoner] plumbs the Barkered darkness with a visceral intensity that will leave you puking and grinning. The plot is compelling, intricately weaving into itself like a mobius noose, drawing the reader inwards hard against the fisted break-knot"
--Cemetery Dance

"A well-written, fast-paced, horrifically gory novel...incredibly unique."
--The Horror Channel

"LIKE DEATH is a well-written, unpleasant excursion into insanity."

"LIKE DEATH is one of the most bizarre serial killer thrillers recently published. Waggoner, unlike some others, never lets anything get in the way of his story, as everything in LIKE DEATH-serial killers, ghosts, killer cannibal police officers, time travel, alternate universes, bizarre sex, and more-all builds to, and supports a spectacular climax. While the suitably hardboiled ending is hardly a ‘happy' one, it's the right one. It's hard to say much more about LIKE DEATH without giving away one of the novel's great plot twists. Sex, life, death, reality: all become fluid and all are mixed together to give the reader a wild ride in what may be one of the year's best novels."
-Mark Louis Baumgart, Cemetery Dance

"Like Death is an incredibly unique book, one of those that's hard to describe in just a few paragraphs and would more than likely suffer because of such a brief synopsis. Suffice it to say Waggoner utilizes some original ideas in both plot and action and has the ability to call forth images that'll stick in your head long after you put the book down. Think Ed Lee on his absolute best day and you'll be pretty close to what Tim's writing is like. "
--Dread Central, Johnny Butane

"In Tim Waggoner's highly effective Like Death, the surreal takes center stage, and it's a hell of a show."
--Chizine, William D. Gagliani

"If you are a fan of writers like Gary Braunbeck, Tim Lebbon, or Tom Piccirilli, then you will also enjoy LIKE DEATH. But make no mistake, Waggoner's voice is uniquely his own. Read this book and discover it for yourself. You won't be the same once you're finished!"
--Horrorworld, Ron Dickie

 Tim Waggoner's novels include the Nekropolis series of urban fantasies and the Ghost Trackers series written in collaboration with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the Ghost Hunters television show. In total, he's published over twenty novels and two short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer's Digest and Writers' Journal, among other publications. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. Visit him on the web at

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