Ichor: The ethereal golden fluid that is the blood of the Gods and the Immortals. Said to retain the qualities of the immortal’s food and drink; ambrosia and nectar. Considered golden in color and lethally toxic to mortals.
Ichor is a genre-bending, suburban-body-horror/sci-fi novel from debut author A.P. Duvall. This novel is not for the faint of heart. Ichor is rife with not-so-friendly aliens, time loops, alternate dimensions, mysticism, love, family, reverence for imagination, rock-n-roll, and a decent description on how to carve a whole chicken.
Lisa Gittes has her concerns. The summer after her Senior year should've been reserved for smoking weed, hanging out with her best friend Susie, and getting ready for college in the fall, but now all that has been thrown into disarray. Her dad has stolen her weed, her mom has been losing her memories, and her best friend may have been assaulted at a post-graduation party. Now, she has to figure out what is really happening. Unfortunately, her only lead is the boy accused of the assault and his alibi is his best friend, Hugh Gleason, who fills Lisa with an existential dread, and Lisa can’t put her finger on the reason why. One thing is clear, this summer in Fuller is going to be the worst.
Every morning of his eighteenth birthday Hugh Gleason is sent back to his thirteen-year-old body, but retains his memories. This has been going on for way too long, and getting it to stop has been completely futile. At first, he thinks he's crazy but then all his memories play out as he knows they should. He remembers a little girl who was murdered, a gas station attendant who was shot during a robbery, every subject in school he knows like the back of his hand, he can speak in any language, he can play any instrument, but most importantly he remembers Lisa Gittes and the centuries they've spent in love with each other. But something is different now. Subtle changes to the world he knows so well could have huge ramifications. His only question now is, will he live long enough to see the future?
Lawrence Merle of the Fuller Sheriff's office is having a terrible week. Maybe the worst of his life. He's trying to remain positive, but thoughts like wishing he was blind, deaf, or mute, keep creeping into his mind. His girlfriend Gloria has recently convinced him to quit smoking, but all he wants is the relief that those coffin-nails would bring him. Between the suicides, homicides, and the disappearances happening in his small beach-town, he is beginning to suspect that there is something larger and horrifying at play.
The Ichor has seen the contraction of the universe and all life being wiped out. It's looking for answers to stop that from happening. It has come to Fuller, Florida, a random spot on a new planet, but it looks like Earth is another dead end. It has eradicated planets in the past, traveled the cosmos in search of an answer to a question that no one even knows to ask. It's frustrating being the only known entity to be concerned with the destruction of the cosmos. Earth has a new, untapped resource however: imagination. This new element has incredible potential, and the Ichor will consume all that it can before the population of Earth is devastated and they move on.
Everything comes crashing together in Ichor, the debut novel of A.P. Duvall, the most thrilling horror novel this side of reality. Readers have called it a "mix of Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk", and "incredibly distressing". Read Ichor, and step in a familiar world filled with horrors beyond compare.