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Narcissus: A Novella

“Terrifying…You’ll never again trust what’s looking back at you.”
-Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters and Quiet Part Loud

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Publication Date

May 2, 2023

Print Length

100 Pages (Paperback)


9781959565055 (Paperback)
9781959565062 (eBook)

About Narcissus

If the remainder of your life was only as long as your ability to avoid your own reflection, how long would you last?

An hour? A day? Perhaps a week?

It’s been said that at the core of every legend lies a seed of truth. For four American tourists vacationing in Greece, this is a lesson learned the hard way.

When the group sets out to find a subterranean pool that’s rumored to be the one by which the demi-god Narcissus once wasted away in self-obsession, what started as a fun excursion quickly escalates into a full-blown nightmare. After looking into the waters of the pool, they come to find their own reflections have become infected by an ancient evil. As they’re picked off one-by-one by a malevolence that resides in the reflective world, those remaining race to find a way to bring the nightmare to an end before it takes them all.

In the meantime, all they’ll have to do is avoid their own reflections.


“Just when you thought it was safe to look in the mirror, Adam Godfrey shatters our reflected selves with his terrifying novella NARCISSUS. You’ll never again trust what’s looking back at you.”
–Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters and Quiet Part Loud

“A clever look at an unsettling legend, with one of the best kills I’ve read in years.”
Johnny Compton, author of The Spite House

“Narcissus perfectly blends Greek mythology with the pulse-shredding brilliance of a summer blockbuster, whilst also delivering on something everyone can fear and of which there is no escape… our own reflections and the flawed human beings we truly are.”
Ross Jeffery, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Tome and The Devil’s Pocketbook

“NARCISSUS is a deadly blend of sharply beautiful prose, wicked fast pacing and the kind of building dread worthy of the best this genre has to offer. A delicious use of mythology and dire consequences, Godfrey does a masterful job of setting the scene and pulling us into his characters’ nightmares. A shiver-inducing pleasure to read.”
–Laurel Hightower, author of Crossroads and Below

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May 1, 2023
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February 20, 2023
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February 13, 2023
Ross Jeffery, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Tome and The Devil’s Pocketbook, recently read an early copy of Adam Godfrey’s novella, Narcissus…
About the Author

Adam Godfrey hails from Chesapeake, Virginia, where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He holds over twenty years of experience working for the United States Department of Defense in information technology and cybersecurity risk management. He holds a master’s degree in cybersecurity, and his professional contributions to the field have been internationally featured across a variety of media platforms.

In fiction, Adam is a novelist and author of short stories. His genre-crossing work ranges from the suspenseful to the horrific, frequently characterized by central threads of plausible science and technology gone awry.

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