Changes in the Land

a novella of strange terror

published by Lethe Press

April 2024

cover and interior design by Jeremy John Parker

The cycle of life is the cycle of death. 

In life is our death, in death our life. 

In our life is the life of the land.

“Bloody good folk horror. Cheney’s writing is sublime.”

—Laird Barron, author of Not a Speck of Light

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A vast park founded by a 19th-century robber baron in a remote corner of New England has been maintained by the two families living there for generations—a strange place, a wild place, where dignitaries such as Theodore Roosevelt once hunted big game. Adams Park has remained unchanged for a century. It is a place that inspires the curiosity of others if they even know its existence. But the families have secrets, and nothing remains unchanged forever.

In this thrilling novella by acclaimed author Matthew Cheney, the land has desires of its own.

“The final page gave me goosebumps — a beautifully written piece of New England horror.”

—Elizabeth Hand, author of A Haunting on the Hill

“It’s powerful, it’s visceral, and most of all, it’s so damn smart. But then, I wouldn’t expect less from Matthew Cheney.”

—Ian Mond, Locus magazine

“for all of its supernatural menace, Cheney keeps Changes in the Land rooted in recognizable human emotion”

—Tobias Carroll, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

“Cheney weaves a compelling supernatural element and adeptly explores the way our actions leave an imprint on the earth—whether ethereal or concrete.”

—Melissa Suggitt, Independent Book Review