Chilean author Ricardo Henriquez’s The Catcher’s Trap is his debut novel and the first book in a dark fantasy/horror series of the same name. If you’re a fan of the genre, mark your calendar for November 8th, the date it arrives from Inkshares.
Inspired by Henriquez’s own struggles with depression from adolescence to adulthood, coming out as gay, and his experience immigrating into the United States, The Catcher’s Trap doesn’t shy away from the soul’s darkest moments but throws the reader into a spirited battle where darkness is overcome against all odds.
So it’s dark but not a downer. According to Ricardo, it is “a tale of resilience and discovery. Andres is all of us, staring at tsunami and knowing in our hearts that against all odds, we will survive. Of course there are also giants, sorcerers, seers, and magic potions; it wouldn’t be awesome fantasy without those elements.”
Andres lives a life plagued by depression and anxiety. Just as he is about to give up hope one cold autumn night, he meets a charismatic stranger named Roman. Andres follows Roman and his friends to an underground party in Queens. Soon it becomes clear that something is amiss—but by the time Andres notices the strange creatures lurking in the shadows, it is too late.
Kidnapped by Roman and his crew, Andres finds himself in The Mist, a supernatural world where darkness and deceit prevail. There he is enslaved and forced to work the fields, every day undergoing a new and brutal torture. Now his only chance of survival is to face his own suffering and confront the demons within and around him. Can he convince his fellow slaves to fight against their paralyzing complacency? Will he make it home, or will he too succumb?
Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, The Catcher’s Trap is an enthralling, expansive tale replete with its own inventive mythologies.