The publication date is set for November 6, 2013.
Some readers have privately asked me to qualify the gore level of the book compared to my others, wondering if it’s appropriate for a younger readership. I would say the gore factor is comparably low — it’s not a horror novel, after all — but readers younger than early teenagers probably won’t understand the semi-explicit sex scene I felt compelled to include. (Man, are those tough to write.)
The press release gives the following new information, which I hope further clarifies things:
The Earth is out of time—or so says the handsome stranger a young woman discovers hiding in her new house. The Virginia city of Augusta may seem idyllic, but it harbors a terrible secret that threatens the whole world. And only the two of them, working together, can stop it.
In his fifth novel, Virginia author Matthew Warner sidesteps from his usual horror genre fare into urban fantasy. The Seventh Equinox is set in a small Shenandoah Valley city that is based on his home of Staunton.
In the book, readers will find many of the things that make the area special: its small-town charm—everything from antiques stores to greasy spoon restaurants to solicitous neighbors—to its unique geography, such as its vast underground caverns and the fabled Skyline Drive.
There’s also a touch of mountain magic and legend. What ancient colossus slumbers beneath Mari Bell Mountain? Read to find out.