It’s the summer of 1986 and all is not well among the sharply defined suburbs of Salt Lake City. A 12-year-old boy arrives in a land of “mountains, Mormons, crickets” to find baffling prejudice, but also intoxicating freedom, lust, moments of heaven and, in the end, a terrible violence.
The Moth Orchid
When a hereditary form of early onset dementia begins to ravage a woman’s mind, she embarks on a desperate quest into her past in hopes of finding answers. Set against the noir backdrop of a sub-zero Alaskan winter, The Moth Orchid is a suspenseful tale of one woman’s struggle with the inevitability of oblivion.
"Ryan Masters writes stories that pull the rug out from under you—and leave you gasping for air. I've rarely been so surprised as by stories like these. Brilliant work." SUSIE BRIGHT
"Whether he takes you to suffocating suburban Reagan-era Utah or snow-buried and ice-fogged Alaska, Ryan Masters deftly conjures a chilling sense of disquiet and dislocation, and leaves you with a haunting afterimage of the cruelty and chaos that lurk just under the surface of what you think is reality." WALLACE BAINE
"Come to Ryan Masters for the lust and violence of youth, stay for madness, decay and death. Above an Abyss is a Borghesian tour de force." ELIZABETH MCKENZIE