The year is 1935. Veteran of the Great War and failed academic Frank Nichols ignores a warning not to move into the home he inherits in the small southern town of Whitbrow; a home his wife calls "The Canary House" because of its fresh coat of yellow paint.

But there is another house in the woods beyond the river, an estate that lies in ruins; the once-magnificent Savoyard plantation, where a cruel forebear of Frank’s drove his slaves to murder him. Frank means to find this ruin and write about the horrors that occurred there, but little does he suspect that his presence in town will stir something that should have been left sleeping. Something with a long memory. If the people of Whitbrow have forgotten why they don’t go across the river, they will soon remember.


“A horror story that manages just the right blend between building dread and suspense and building action.”
The A.V. Club

“Gripping, compelling gothic horror in the most classical sense, an American Dracula that absorbs the reader into its seductive embrace through lush rhythms and a veneer of homespun innocence.”
The Trades

“The prose is sublimely crafted and eminently quotable. Sentences dripped off the page like sweat off the brows of the characters during the hot summer months…It is clear that Mr. Buehlman brings his poetic background to bear in crafting the rhythm and meter of the story…A well-crafted novel that is a pleasure to read.”
The New York Journal of Books

“Buehlman’s Lyrical prose vividly captures a landscape made familiar by William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor…A delightfully genre-bending juxtaposition of supernatural horror and gothic drama.”
California Literary Review

“[A] masterful debut novel…Buehlman’s prose is moody and lush…[A] spellbinding tale of terror…Those Across the River is filled with cowardice and bravery, grief and grace, and, alas, helplessness and beauty. Buehlman has written one of the best books of the year.”
Shelf Awareness

“Beautifully written…with a cast of Southern characters so real you can almost see the sweat roll down the page. The ending is exceedingly clever.”
Boston Herald

“Buehlman delivers a creepy, suspenseful and well-crafted debut set in the Depression–era South. The action begins early and never lets up. Recommended for horror fans…willing to be scared enough to want to stay out of the woods.”
Library Journal

“In its unnerving depiction of small-town creepiness and heathen savagery, this sure-footed debut resembles nothing more than Thomas Tryon’s Harvest Home…Viscerally upsetting…This is lusty, snappy writing, and horror fans will eat it up (or vice versa).”

“Buehlman packs suspense and secrets into his debut novel…The era is vividly rendered, complete with Jim Crow laws, vigilante justice and racial tensions. The elegant prose and heavy foreshadowing keep readers on their toes right up until the big reveal.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“One of the best first novels I’ve ever read.”
—Charlaine Harris, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Wonderfully eerie from start to finish—a novel sure to enthrall readers of all stripes.”
—Grant Blackwood, New York Times bestselling author

“An unsettling brew of growing menace spiked with flashes of genuine terror—do not miss this chilling debut. Christopher Buehlman is a writer to watch. I look forward to hearing from him again. And soon.”
—F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fatal Error

“What a treat. Terrible and beautiful. As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz. A graceful, horrific read.”
—Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Lures you into a different era, seduces you with eloquent prose and sensual period details, then clamps down on your jugular…An outstanding debut.”
—Hank Schwaeble, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Diabolical.