Parker Eriksen has 99 problems, and feral hogs are 30-50 of them.
When the disgraced 30-yr-old MMA fighter fled to the small mountain town of Hekla Lake, she intended only to bury her past. Maybe beat herself up a little for the damage she’d done, and start over, fresh as an embalmed corpse. After falling in with the local pub fights to earn a few bucks, Parker learns about her new town’s feral hog epidemic—and decides to make some room in her grave.
But the hogs aren’t the only ones scratching for a space in Parker’s self-made coffin. Sylvie Cahwee, park ranger and erstwhile drinking buddy, is slowly splintering Parker’s resolve to seek perdition in solitude (and punching). Add a freak snowstorm that isolates Hekla Lake atop Sylvie’s unfettered advances, and you got yourself a recipe for sexual tension that even Parker’s well-honed muscles can’t break.
But the snowstorm brings with it a pointed attack by the feral hog horde—and they’re taking hostages. This pack is cooking up something more nefarious than chaotic ecological ruin in the shuttered mines below Hekla Lake, and it’s up to Parker to stop them before they start plating.
Can Parker stop beating herself up long enough to save Hekla Lake? Does she even want to? It’s mighty cozy—and uncomplicated—six feet under. But resting in peace is easier said than done, with 30 to 50 feral hogs threatening to root her out. Time for Parker to tape up her knuckles, swallow her self-hatred—and come out swinging!
The Seventh Terrace – Weird/Pulp Novella
Coming August 7th, 2023 in Trade Paperback and eBook