“Novellas are great and Neal is definitely a master of the craft.”

—Simon Biggin (book_guy_si), on Instagram

“Bloody brilliant! The Day of the Nightfish by D.T. Neal. A short, sharp-as-nails story. Loved it! More, please!”

—Sibrary (sibrary), on Instagram

FEATURED NOVELLA

THE DAY OF THE NIGHTFISH

A young chef-in-training and self-styled culinary adventurer is transported by tasting the savory food fad, nightfish, at a top-notch hotel in Thailand with his rich girlfriend. Nobody can tell him what nightfish actually is, and his quest for the elusive and enigmatic nightfish takes him across half the world to the unassuming town of Gunwale, Rhode Island, sole producer of nightfish. Here, he works his way to get aboard one of the Blackfin Fishing Company boats, the Amanda Luce, for an unforgettable and horrifying seagoing adventure, where he gets far more than he bargained for.

Horror Author

D.T. Neal

D. T. Neal is a fiction writer and editor living in Chicago. He won second place in the 2008 Aeon Award for his short story, “Aegis,” and has been published in Albedo One, Ireland’s premier magazine of science fiction, horror, and fantasy.

He is the author of Saamaanthaa and The Happening, both part of the Wolfshadow Trilogy. He’s also written the vampire novel, Suckage, as well as the Lovecraftian cosmic horror-thriller, Chosen. He has written three creature feature/eco-horror novellas, RelictSummerville, and The Day of the Nightfish. He continues to work on several science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller stories.

AWARDS:

• 2008 Aeon Award, Second Place for “Aegis”
• 2009 Honorable Mention, “Best Horror of the Year,” edited by Ellen Datlow for “Aegis” and “Rotgut.”
• Runner-up, 2013 Best New Novel by a Chicagoan, Chicago Reader, for “Suckage”
• Shortlisted for the 2012 Aeon Award for “Day of the Nightfish.”

News

July 2020 Updates

If you liked THE DAY OF THE NIGHTFISH (released in July 2020), just know that there are some future horror-suspense-thriller novellas coming out in 2021 from D.T. Neal, including STRANGELIQUE and MAENAD. STRANGELIQUE is a story of a cursed statue, and MAENAD follows a...

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Horror Author

D.T. Neal

D. T. Neal is a fiction writer and editor living in Chicago. He won second place in the 2008 Aeon Award for his short story, “Aegis,” and has been published in Albedo One, Ireland’s premier magazine of science fiction, horror, and fantasy.

He is the author of Saamaanthaa, The Happening, and Norm—The Wolfshadow Trilogy. He’s also written the vampire novel, Suckage, as well as the Lovecraftian cosmic horror-thriller, Chosen. He has written three creature feature/eco-horror novellas, RelictSummerville, and The Day of the Nightfish. He continues to work on several science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller stories.

AWARDS:

• 2008 Aeon Award, Second Place for “Aegis”
• 2009 Honorable Mention, “Best Horror of the Year,” edited by Ellen Datlow for “Aegis” and “Rotgut.”
• Runner-up, 2013 Best New Novel by a Chicagoan, Chicago Reader, for “Suckage”
• Shortlisted for the 2012 Aeon Award for “Day of the Nightfish.”

News

July 2020 Updates

If you liked THE DAY OF THE NIGHTFISH (released in July 2020), just know that there are some future horror-suspense-thriller novellas coming out in 2021 from D.T. Neal, including STRANGELIQUE and MAENAD. STRANGELIQUE is a story of a cursed statue, and MAENAD follows a...

read more

ALL Books

SAAMAANTHAA

[NOVEL]

Something’s been eating Samantha Hain’s friends, and she’s more than a little afraid it might be her.

THE HAPPENING

[NOVEL]

Zooey’s werewolf insurrection has exploded beyond the confines of the city of Chicago, appearing throughout the country, with only the members of a secret government agency to stop it.

NORM

[NOVEL]

The final piece of the Wolfshadow Trilogy puzzle, Norm delivers bracing Horror-Thriller action in the tautly evocative literary style that has characterized all books in the series. The fur flies and blood spills as Trueborn Lupines go up against Infectives in a bid for supremacy on the streets of Chicago.

CHOSEN

[NOVEL]

Something’s rotten in the Pennsylvania town of Ludlow, or, more precisely, deep within the Mercy River that flows through it. Chosen serves up a paranoid and terrifying vision of an undead epidemic in the form of the cult of the Brethren, uniquely lifeless-yet-sentient apparitions who seek to take over the town, with only a small band of survivors fighting for their lives as they try to stop them.

SUCKAGE

[NOVEL]

Vampires suck—One part urban vampire tale, one part vampire slayer’s memoir, Suckage tracks the evolution of a minion, offering an irreverent and darkly humorous exploration of undead life in Chicago, as narrator/protagonist Nate Sharp goes toe-to-toe with Iris Augenblick, his vampiric lover, mentor, and nemesis.

THE DAY OF THE NIGHTFISH

[NOVELLA]

Nightfish is on the menu, yet nobody knows what it is. This novella follows the quest for the elusive Nightfish, leading to the enigmatic town of Gunwale, Rhode Island, and an unforgettable fishing trip at the sinister source of the seafood delicacy, far below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

RELICT

[NOVELLA]

This novella features a group of luxury tourists sailing to the exotic and faraway Palmer Atoll, all by itself in the Pacific Ocean. There, they encounter a monstrous sea creature that has made the atoll its home, and is all too welcoming of visitors to feed its insatiable appetite. Claustrophobic and terrifying, Relict seizes the reader and won’t let go.

SUMMERVILLE

[NOVELLA]

The southern town of Summerville has seen better days. This eco horror novella tracks a group of thrillseekers to the ruin of the town in search of a fabled Civil War-era spirit, only to find a lurking menace growing all over the town. What began as a countryside jaunt turns into a horrifying fight for survival.

REVIEWS

RELICT:

Relict by D.T. Neal is a full-blown creature feature. Focusing mainly on the unknown, giving brief glimpses to the creature stalking just below the surface. Very similar to Jaws where your imagination does the majority of the damage with Neal pushing you in the right direction. 

The second novella of Neal’s that I’ve read. And once again it is a fast-paced, anxiety-inducing read. I wasn’t a big fan of deep, open water before but the chances of me taking a leisure cruise now are extremely slim, in fact, there’s not a heard of wild horses that could usher me on a boat.

Novellas are great and Neal is definitely a master of the craft. Anyone who likes the creature feature horror genre will lap this up. It’s completely worth the heart murmurs.

Simon Biggin

Instagram Review

SUMMERVILLE:

“…Neal is a compelling and imaginative storyteller whose tales are richly evocative and leave the reader wondering about the story well after it’s read…Neal explores larger questions of knowledge and morality but creates stories that nevertheless compel readers who love the genres he works in and doesn’t approach his tales analytically. He has an easy way with dialogue, and there is a lovely symmetry of detail in this novella. I will be reading more of Neal’s longer works.”

Margaret Perkins

Amazon.com

AEGIS:

“In second place Ian [Watson] chose “Aegis” by D. T. Neal, which he described as ‘wonderfully descriptive and powerful and “mythopaeic.’ “Aegis” was published in Albedo One, issue 37.”

Albedo One

Albedo1.com

SAAMAANTHAA:

“If you want bloody, visceral horror, look no further. The is brutality here that should satisfy true fans of the genre. And the creepy, unexpected end will have you wanting more, and make you think twice about walking your dog in the city.”

Amazon Customer

Amazon.com

CHOSEN:

“I could easily see this book becoming a Netflix series! This book delivers a gripping and gritty tale.”

Karin Harriss

Amazon.com

RELICT:

“So horrifying, and yet so plausible. As an author who has written a book about a giant sea creature, I take my hat off to Neal—this guy takes us all to school in showing what it would be liked to be trapped somewhere remote by something with a monstrous size, appetite, and intelligence. Great work—now to see what else he’s got!”

Grieg Beck

Author

SUCKAGE:

“…One of the most compelling components of this novel is the way in which the story is delivered. The reader sees the action through the eyes of the irreverent, snarky Nathan. With such dry commentary as, “Nobody just walks up and says “Hey, I’m a vampire. Want to go somewhere?’” Nathan gives the reader a brutally frank view of the underworld. By infusing humor into an otherwise dark story, Neal creates a compelling read on many levels.…Going above and beyond the call of duty, “Suckage” delivers the full package: blood, guts, and love. With thoroughly developed characters, intriguing narration, and moral commentary, Neal creates a self-aware and refreshingly frank story likely to appeal to a variety of readers.”

Claire Colburn

IndieReader.com

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