Novella; released January 23, 2020 from Unnerving Books
Blackwood, Vermont has one legend to its name—Benny Rose, the Cannibal King. Every local kid knows him and tells his stories, especially on Halloween. When a new girl moves to town in the autumn of 1987, the legend inspires high school junior Desiree St. Fleur and her friends to pull a Benny Rose-themed prank. A few laughs and screams, and they’ll have a Happy Halloween.
But a vicious storm crashes into Blackwood and interrupts the festivities. Soon the girls find themselves trapped and hunted in a strange neighborhood where no one will help them. There’s nothing made-up about Benny Rose this Halloween night. The truth is coming, and it’s hungry.
A tense, dreadful ghost story and slasher novella, Benny Rose, the Cannibal King is Book 3 in the Rewind or Die series from Unnerving.
“An almost cinematic experience … this book has teeth.” – Rue Morgue
“A cathartic and sickening combination of violence and eeriness that’ll take your breath away until the very last page.” – Tor Nightfire
“Terrifying …” – Library Journal
“Hailey Piper is a major new voice in the horror genre, and Benny Rose, the Cannibal King is the perfect place to start with her work. A short and magnificent shock to the system, this one has got everything: great characters, fantastic vintage horror vibes, and a terrifying urban legend at the center of it all. Keep an eye on Hailey’s work; she is seriously going places.”
– Gwendolyn Kiste, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens
“A good urban legend has a way of seeping into your bones and refusing to crawl out; Hailey Piper’s Cannibal King is certainly one of those that will be creeping into my mind, late at night and unbidden, for a long time to come. Benny Rose is an unforgettable terror, rivaled only by the gutsy teens who dare to go up against him.“
– Claire Holland, author of I Am Not Your Final Girl
“Sometimes when we tell ourselves stories, we unwittingly awaken and summon the very monster we thought only lived in our minds…. Witness a brilliant cast of characters take a chomping bite out of a local folk story that proves itself all too real. With haunted hearts and burning teeth, Piper’s sharp prose delivers a whirlwind tale; here, we peel back the layers of our strong, female leads and root for them to conquer the night.“
– Sara Tantlinger, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Devil’s Dreamland and To Be Devoured
“I see your slumber party massacre and raise you a taste of human tragedy, a funhouse ride of plot twists, and a heaping side of gore. Hailey Piper has the audacity to write teenage mean girls as thinking, feeling, bad-ass human beings.“
– Joe Koch, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of The Couvade and Convulsive
“[Piper] knows the slasher well enough to do something new and cool with it. Couldn’t have had a better time.”
– Stephen Graham Jones, NYT-Bestselling author of The Only Good Indians and My Heart Is a Chainsaw