When a rare mental disorder begins to consume his small-town neighbors, a young psychiatrist digs up the past for clues to the epidemic’s bone-chilling source in this brilliant supernatural horror debut, written in the bestselling tradition of Peter Straub.
Convinced that evil spirits have overtaken his daughter, a desperate father introduces her to Nat Thayer, a young psychiatrist in their sleepy blue-blooded Massachusetts college town. Thayer quickly diagnoses the girl with Cotard Delusion, an obscure condition sometimes described as “walking corpse syndrome.” But Thayer soon realizes his patient—and many of the local families—are actually being targeted by a malignant force resurrected from the town's wicked history. Thayer must discover the source of the spreading plague…before there is no one left to save.
“Eerie, unsettling New England horror in the classic tradition, full of family secrets, ancient evil, and small town paranoia. It’ll slither right under your skin.”
– Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of SNOWBLIND and DEAD RINGERS
“An ancient evil lurks at the dark heart of this creepy supernatural novel….[THE BINDING's] strength lies in the atmospheric, spooky backdrop for horrendous events that bring the past into the present…gruesome enough to satisfy any horror fan. Chilling!”