A terminal artist torments his final masterpiece. Rival towns rest their fates on a battle between mascots. A misguided vigilante takes the weight of the city on his back. Souls are bought and sold. A mother gives birth to a wooden baby. Millard's debut collection of broken people and shattered lives is a new penny dreadful for the twenty-first century, where modern self-obsession and popular culture meet the dark and fantastical, rutting in alleyways to sire an eclectic word-bastard that keeps readers awake, shrieking from its crib.