The Ward (Downside #2) (Paperback)

By S.L. Grey

Atlantic Books, 9780857895868, 304pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2014

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The second thought-provoking, stunningly written tale of horror from S. L. Grey

Lisa is a plastic surgery addict with severe self-esteem issues. The only hospital that will let her go under the knife is New Hope: a grimy, grey-walled facility dubbed "No Hope" by its patients. Farrell is a celebrity photographer. His last memory is a fight with his fashion-model girlfriend and now he's woken up in No Hope, alone. Needle marks criss-cross his arms, a sinister nurse keeps tampering with his drip, and he's woken up blind. Panicked and disorientated, Farrell persuades Lisa to help him escape, but the hospital's dimly lit corridors only take them deeper underground, into a twisted mirror world staffed by dead-eyed nurses and doped-up orderlies. Down in the Modification Ward, Lisa can finally have the face she wants—but at a price that will haunt them both forever.

About the Author

S. L. Grey is the pseudonym of Sarah Lotz, a crime novelist and screenwriter, and Louis Greenberg, a literary writer, editor, and bookseller. When they decided to write the first mainstream South African horror novel together, S. L. Grey was born.

Praise For The Ward (Downside #2)

"Equals—if not trumps—the disturbing, creepy horror of their first."  —Independent on Sunday, Books of the Year

"A thoroughly unnerving read that straddles the line between visceral horror and Kafka-esque paranoia beautifully."  —SFX

"S. L. Grey's depiction of postmodern horror is practically peerless."  —

"Pseudonymous South African author Grey (Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg) practically reinvents the body horror genre with this standalone seuqel to The Mall." —Publishers Weekly