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Beneath the Salton Sea


Author: Michael Paul Gonzalez

Cover Credit: Aleks Bieńkowska

Publication Date: November 16, 2021

Trailer | Goodreads

Orders will receive a signed bookplate from the author (while supplies last).

Beneath the Salton Sea is a mesmerizing trip into the strange, uncanny places of the world. The setting lurches to horrific life in Gonzalez’s deft prose, inviting us all to explore the otherworldly decay that permeates this place. This is a haunting story—I won’t be able to forget the visceral images that these characters encounter any time soon…” — Jo Kaplan, author of It Will Just Be Us

Beneath the Salton Sea is a hallucinatory wonder. A lyrical exploration of emotional trauma and the timelessness of grief. Gonzalez’s words draw you in, sentences washing over you in waves, before the story pulls you under completely.” — Joshua Chaplinsky, author of The Paradox Twins

“I loved every word of this startlingly visionary novel. A bizarro blend of The Twilight Zone meets Emily Dickinson, Beneath the Salton Sea is a lyrical and dark exploration of the impossible, of grief, and of longing. This is what loss looks like.” — Lee Murray, double Bram Stoker Award®-winner and author of Grotesque: Monster Stories

“Michael Gonzalez’s writing is as bright and hot as his setting, and every bit as sinister. This book will make you afraid of the light.” — Sarah Read, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Bone Weaver’s Orchard

“Beneath and above the ever-mysterious Salton Sea, Gonzalez’s new novel instantly pulls you into its watery depths with its rich language, where it blows your mind, and then quietly breaks your heart.” — Kate Maruyama, author of Harrowgate and Family Solstice


Every memory is a recording.

Nothing about the Salton Sea is normal. The sand isn’t sand. Just piles and piles of desiccated bones. There are little pockets where life clings on, birds, reptiles, people. It’s an ecosystem of living things that rely on other living things too stubborn to leave. Life forcing itself on death, or maybe the other way around.

Dee and her wife Sharon find this out the hard way after making a quick stop at Salvation Mountain to film some b-roll and see the sights out in the middle of the vast nothing. A bizarre rumor of a “crack in the sky” from one of the locals sends them on the hunt for an abandoned yacht club— where they make a discovery that changes their lives forever, and those close to them as well.

Could you identify a loved one by their whisper?

Beneath the Salton Sea is a cosmic horror technological nightmare transcribing the raw honesty of what makes a family, what breaks them, the difficulties of communication, and the painful joy of memories.

If you knew this was the last thing I’d ever tell you, what would you want me to say?


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