The latest novel by British Fantasy Award ‘Best Newcomer’, Joseph D’Lacey. When a vampiric plague threatens to destroy isolated mountain community of Hobson’s Valley, it falls to reclusive outdoorsman Jimmy Kerrigan to save his neighbours and prevent the disease from spreading beyond the remote town’s boundaries. Kerrigan is uniquely equipped to deal with the outbreak: he carries a variant strain of Fugue that enables him to overcome and heal its victims, but the nature of the illness ensures neither he nor those he hunts down are aware they’re infected. The illness and its effects have, like tetanus, survived in the mountains for countless generations. The lineage of Fugue Hunters has always been able to reverse an outbreak, but not this time; someone wants the disease to spread and, in combination with a mutation of the virus, Kerrigan realises he may not be strong enough to contain it.