Midnight Rooms

A Novel

by Donyae Coles

On Sale: 07/02/2024

Midnight Rooms

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Midnight Rooms

A Novel

by Donyae Coles

On Sale: 07/02/2024


About the Book

Set in a foreboding Gothic mansion and infused with the heightened paranoia and creeping horror of novels like Catherine House and Crimson Peak, a spine-chilling debut historical thriller from a fresh voice in the genre that will leave you questioning who, or what, you can trust . . . including your own sanity.

England, 1840. Orabella Mumthrope spies an unexpected visitor in her uncle’s parlor. Scruffy in appearance yet claiming to be the scion of a fabulously wealthy family, Elias Blakersby declares a deep desire to make Orabella his wife. The orphaned daughter of a white man and a Black woman—an outsider with no fortune or connections—Orabella never expected to marry. But her uncle has many debts, and Orabella, curious about the seeming devotion Elias bestows upon her, agrees.

The new bride is quickly whisked away to Korringhill Manor, the Blakersby family estate, and far from everything she knows. Expecting splendor, Orabella is shocked to find decay, skittish servants, and curt elders. But her kind new husband’s loving touch, promises of a happy life together, and his assurances she’ll never want for anything soothe her concerns.

Yet there is a darkness deep within this house. Rooms are locked or hidden away, and the walls seem to thrum with secrets. Orabella can never venture outside unattended; she spends her days having tea with a catatonic sister-in-law and evenings at Elias’s side, dutifully hosting lavish dinners. The darkness soon begins to engulf her, too. Becoming dizzy and drowsy after dinner, she falls into a fitful sleep filled with macabre dreams, and is awakened by blood-curdling screams in the night. In the morning she rises from her bed covered in mysterious bruises. Confused and terrified, she begins to question where her dreams end and reality begins. The longer Orabella stays in this place, the more she loses parts of herself . . . how long until she no longer exists?

Midnight Rooms is a sweeping saga with supernatural undertones set in Victorian England. Vibrating with tension, richly atmospheric—haunted by ghosts, guilt, and familial bonds—it is an electrifying story that will linger in your dreams.

Critical Praise

"An immersive horror fairy tale marrying Crimson Peak to Pan's Labyrinth upon strange foundations. You're never really safe here, with Midnight Rooms wondrously defying expectations and refusing obedience. Donyae Coles leads us into a house of sinister magic, full of corners for peeking around, but careful—these walls have claws. A feverish, labyrinthine debut." — Hailey Piper, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Queen of Teeth

“An overwhelming sense of unease and rich atmosphere practically drip from every page in this disquieting and equally compelling debut novel from a new, devastatingly original voice in speculative fiction. In Midnight Rooms, Donyae Coles has crafted a superb and intricately layered fever dream that I continue to think about long after having closed the book.”
Eric LaRocca, author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke

“A hallucinatory Gothic nightmare, at once beautiful, cruel, and feral.”
Eden Royce, award-winning author of Root Magic

"Midnight Rooms is a gorgeous and heady take on the classic Gothic romance. Coles' deftly crafted heroine, Orabella, takes us along for a sweet and heavy fever dream of horror, with dark magic looming around every crumbling corner. A compelling story that won’t let go—this is everything I wanted.
Laurel Hightower, author of Crossroads and Below

Midnight Rooms is a wonder—a rich and textured novel with the heart of a macabre fairy tale. Coles’ story is no less ominous, labyrinthine, and dark than the Gothic castle in which it takes place.” 
Neal Auch, artist and author of Disassembly of the Pig


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063228092
  • ISBN 10: 0063228092
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • On Sale: 07/02/2024
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:35.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Gothic
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Horror
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Thrillers / Historical

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