A homeless man trapped in a hell of his own making finds a reason to hope in Redemption Song. A camping trip turns into a race for survival after the discovery of a strange artifact in The Taking of Michael McConnolly. A man begins to question his sanity as the patrons of a cafe begin to dissappear one by one in Charlie's Lunch.
The Taking of Michael McConnolly was named an Honorable Mention by Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 3
"An impressive, often unnerving, and always gutsy collection, Beneath the Surface of Things easily marks Kevin Wallis as a writer to Beware of with such stories as Redemption Song and No Monsters Came That Night. Every story showcases Wallis' determination to break through the so-called boundaries of dark fiction and explore disturbing and sometimes even eye-opening new worlds, some without, but most within. You owe it to yourself to look Beneath the Surface of Things."
Gary A. Braunbeck
Bram Stoker and World Horror Guild Award winning author
of To Each Their Darkness and A Cracked and Broken Path.
"His combination of horror with fantasy, surrealism with reality, light with dark, and mercy with death creates compelling stories deserving the attention of all readers."
"His mastery of suspending this reader's disbelief is as developed as any giant in the genre."
"Kevin Wallis makes the ugly and terrifying come alive. His stories have a complexity that I really enjoyed and went way beyond the simply scary."
For Jack Chandler, death meant eventually being reunited with his wife, who had died in a car accident a year earlier. But that small comfort is shattered when he is shot by a strange duo seeking his help against a mysterious entity known as the Shadowman. Now Jack must come to terms with this “Gift” that has upended his life and find the strength to confront a monster than cannot die.