Prehistoric men locked them out.
The lock broke.
“Great Scary Story.” Pat Conroy
“I slept with the lights on for two weeks.”
“The world of the Long Claws is a terrifying hell.”
Two clans: one human, the other not, each wants to survive. Neither is good or bad; they cannot coexist.
Peter Mason is a fifteen-year-old runaway. He’s never fit in, and he’s fed up with trying. With no idea the Mason clan doesn’t fit society for a reason, an ancient reason, fate leads him to a long lost relative, just in time for him to find himself and stop creatures from another world.
Cut off by rain-swollen rivers: an old veteran with a secret, Pete Mason, and a Cherokee medicine woman face horrific creatures – the Long Claws, a clan of perfect predators evolved to track and kill at lightning speed.
In their world, all death is by predation. To sleep is to die. Staying still too long invites death. Parched, broken earth with active volcanoes is their vista. Low hanging roiling clouds thick with sulfur conceal flying creatures great and small. Barriers of plants patiently wait to kill beasts to nourish their roots. All life has a niche to survive – for a short time.
An ancient doorway unlocks, and a clan slips through.
The human world presents unknowns and discomforts. They discover humans, slow and lacking teeth or claws, have new lethal ways of fighting back.
Once aware of the Long Claws’ presence, the small clan of humans becomes formidable and determined.
The Long Claws do not come in anger, rag, or revenge. They come to eat. It is their nature to kill and consume food. They are without human emotions. They are intelligent. They have a social structure. They possess forty million years of genetic evolution, driving survival.
They want to stay here, hidden and breed.
There can be no witnesses to their existence.
“Unbelievable world building”
“powerful story, characters, and chills – this book has everything”
“darkly fabulous storytelling”
“the best horror I’ve read since Stephen King”
“he creates a hellish world with horrific creatures”
“thrilled and impressed by Peek’s ability to pull readers into his story”
“half afraid to turn the page”
“amazing flair for description”
“Grisham-like Painted House feel to the simple rhythms he portrays”
“I read Longclaws straight through. The book is that good”
“it made me believe it could be real”