Pet Shop Boys: Digital Novella from Bestselling Author Kim Harrison Provides Creepy Prelude to Forthcoming Short Story Collection

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A pet shop employee’s innocent date with a customer quickly turns disturbing rather than delightful. She and her family hold a centuries-old secret, and they want him to stay with them forever . . .

“For there were no more lovers left alive/ No one had survived” – lyrics to a song from the eponymous British electro-pop band Pet Shop Boys – a handful of words which lend mournful tenor to the spine-tingling short story by top New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison. “Pet Shop Boys” (e-ISBN 9780062237682), now available as a digital short from Harper Voyager for $0.99, gives a bone-chilling preview of what lies when one ventures INTO THE WOODS, a soon-to-be-published short story collection from Harrison, coming this autumn.

Things are definitely not what they seem in a local pet shop, on a dreary winter night. When a little girl comes wandering in alone, shop employee Cooper feels ill at ease…but nothing prepares him for when her mother comes breezing into his store like a slicing winter gale. He’s not sure why he finds himself acquiescing to a date with this ice-cold beauty, but their night out quickly turns disturbing rather than delightful. She and her family hold a centuries-old secret, and they want him to stay with them forever . . .

“Pet Shop Boys” introduces a new side of beloved fantasy author Harrison – she can do it all, from epic fantasy, to urban magic, to tense psychological horror. And after the last page of “Pet Shop Boys” is devoured, readers can enjoy a brief sample of the fun to come with a preview of Harrison’s forthcoming fiction blockbuster.

In an online review, author/editor/review TW Brown says, “Today, I scooped up this offering with no idea that I would have my jaw hit the floor. This goes in an entirely different direction than anything Harrison has written. It actually has a few ‘scary’ moments. I have no idea if she intends to really open this Pandora's Box of a world she offered, but I can only hope. This has ‘Amazing Series’ screaming from the pages.”

“Pet Shop Boys” is available now wherever e-books are sold, for $0.99.

About the author: New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in Michigan and has recently returned there to escape the South Carolina heat. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon; and A Perfect Blood. She also writes the bestselling Madison Avery series for young adults, including Once Dead, Twice Shy and Early to Death, Early to Rise.

Also forthcoming from Kim Harrison: INTO THE WOODS (on-sale 10/9/12; ISBN 9780061974328; e-ISBN 9780062207906) and EVER AFTER (on-sale 1/22/13; ISBN 9780061957918; e-ISBN 9780062228154).

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