Chosen are ten writers, their ultimate goal to win the contest presented by the illustrious – and suspiciously elusive – Roderick Wells. Residing in his mansion for the summer, the task of penning the perfect tale of horror evokes the darkness already in their hearts, taking the form of regret, jealousy and ill intent. The ever-changing environment and dwindling number of the group doesn’t help matters, and soon the game descends into all-out madness.
Nineteen-year-old Ruthie finds herself lost when her mother disappears without a trace. Now responsible for her sister’s care, Ruthie struggles to be the grown-up, especially when the discovery of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary opens up a world of the dead coming back to life. Unable to stop the secrets from coming to light, Ruthie’s determination to find her mother leads her to dangerous places.
It’s the reunion of the heavy metal band The Rising Dead, and guitarist Jesse Wheeler expects to return home stone sober. Just when his attempts seem successful, an odd encounter on the road plunges him into a world of clones, feral men, and his worst enemy: booze. Is this all in his mind? Is this the punishment for his sins? Unable to trust what he sees, who he meets, Jesse struggles to keep his sanity intact.