In and Down

“With its utterly imaginative freedom and instinct for narrative transformation, this unsettling and consistently surprising novel reads like a happy combination of Neil Gaiman and Kelly Link. Savory deserves to make a great impression on both our highly mutable genre and the reading public.”
Peter Straub

“A vision of psychological disquiet that leads us into depths of nightmare terror and ultimate revelation. An uncanny and disturbing work by a stylish and intelligent writer. File under Original and Startling.”
Ramsey Campbell

In and Down is a novel of many antecedents but no precedents. The reader’s thoughts turn to Thomas Tryon’s The Other, Peter Straub’s Ghost Story, and Clive Barker’s Weaveworld, even as the reader’s feelings are hurtled into dark and delectable places they have never been before.”
James Morrow, author of The Godhead Trilogy

“A beautifully crafted, sophisticated first novel by an ascendant new writer with near-eldritch ability to see the truly gothic in the lives of children and families. Brett Savory’s In and Down is one of the most stunning and original Canadian literary debuts of the year.”
Michael Rowe, author of Enter, Night and Wild Fell

“Brett Savory’s taut first novel puts every boy’s horror of clowns, dead dogs, and missing mothers into the deep end. You need to read it and see what floats to the top.”
Hal Niedzviecki

The Distance Travelled

“A completely unique take on life in hell. Snappy dialog and a bizarre backdrop set this adventure tale apart from the pack.”
Christopher Moore, author of Practical Demonkeeping and Secondhand Souls

The Distance Travelled is a raucous blood-and-guts pulper, complete with hardboiled mugs like PigBoy, Tom China, and Portnoy Spavin. By setting his hero’s mysterious quest in Hell itself, Brett Alexander Savory has started a whole new genre: Actual Underworld Noir.” —Stewart O’Nan, author of Snow Angels and A Prayer for the Dying

“If you gave me 10 words to describe Brett Savory’s writing style, I’d only need 5: Like A House On Fire. Saddle up with Stu, PigBoy, Gus, Apple, and an 11-foot HellRat named Tom China for a rockin’, rollin’ and—lord forgive me—HELLacious road trip through the underworld. It’s a wild and wonderful ride.”
Craig Davidson, author of Rust and Bone and Cataract City

“I loved it. Stylish, fun, and neatly turned. Distinctive and bizarre—and I mean that in a good way—this is a fine ride through some very unusual territories.”
—Michael Marshall Smith, author of Spares and Only Forward

“. . . calling The Distance Travelled a horror novel would be misleading. Sure, there’s gore, monsters, and satanic forces, but at no point does the book really conjure fear . . . which might be the point. Describing it as a kind of hellbilly road comedy may be more accurate. The book is humorous, no question. It’s also bittersweet. And it works. Savory’s prose is tight and unpretentious. More importantly, you find yourself rooting for his gang of pig-dodging anti-heroes throughout their quest, making this novel a joy to read.”
Rue Morgue Magazine

“Savory layers in enough extra mystery and weirdness to keep this from being a simple exercise in meeting eccentric characters and collecting plot coupons. Who is that mysterious man with the umbrella, wandering around beneath the one and only cloud in Hell? Is the Big Red Fella even alive anymore, or is Hell running on bureaucracy and routine? What’s up with all those people who claim they’ve seen God? There are good answers to these questions, and the end of the novel is quite satisfying, when it turns out Stu really does have a hope in Hell.”
Locus Magazine