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An ancient curse. A haunted morgue. Boneless corpses and missing bodies. Gruesome murders and centuries-old mysteries. And a complex young woman with a dark, painful past, determined to get to the bottom of it all.


After the death of her father, troubled pre-med student Jennifer Shelby can no longer pay her tuition. Forced to drop out, she lands a night job at the New York City Morgue, as a way to pay the rent and quietly figure out her next move. Her sanctuary of silence among the dead is unexpectedly shattered by Trevor Pryce, an English heartthrob movie star and notorious tabloid bad boy, recently sentenced to community service... at the morgue. Trevor’s reckless behavior and disrespect for the dead unleashes a centuries-old curse that causes the already haunted morgue to erupt in a unearthly spectacle of carnage and terror, revealing deeply hidden secrets from which Jennifer must save them both. In the process, she discovers the true source of the morgue’s hauntings…as well as her own.


THE DESECRATED is a fresh, fast paced, twisty supernatural thriller novel by award- winning filmmaker and creator of the wildly popular hit TV series GHOST WHISPERER, John Gray. 


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“John Gray’s THE DESECRATED is a spine-tingling page-turner.”

“Suspense and horror fans will love this deeply atmospheric, totally spine-tingling thriller that twists and turns its way to a shocking end!”

“A realistic look at the darker side of human nature … compelling horror story …”

"John Gray announces himself as a major voice in modern literary horror with his debut novel, The Desecrated.  Surgically precise suspense, breakneck pacing, and a brilliant narrative arc that gets under the reader's skin are all in full force here. A remarkable debut, and highly recommended."

Harlan Coben,

#1 NY Times

bestselling author

Lisa Gardner,

NY Times

bestselling author of

One Step Too Far

Kirkus Reviews

Jay Bonansinga,

The New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor

“The writing is both spare and rich – a character-driven horror/crime thriller.”

James P. Blaylock, World Fantasy Award-Winning Author, Co-Founder of the Modern Steampunk Genre

“An impressively original and compulsive page turner of a read from cover to cover … The Desecrated is the stuff of which blockbuster movies are made.”

Midwest Book Review

“A must-read paranormal thriller filled with exhilarating action, ancient magic and historical fantasy. Fans of James Rollins and Dan Brown may find a favorite new voice in John Gray.”

“John Gray’s THE DESECRATED is a supernatural horror story with an excellent heroine and a superior setting. Located primarily in a New York city morgue, the book is full of atmosphere, menace, and memorable characters.”

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Brooklyn born John Gray is an award-winning writer-director-producer of films and television, and the creator of the long running TV series, Ghost Whisperer. He has written and directed many feature films and movies for television, including White Irish Drinkers, starring Stephen Lang and Karen Allen; Martin And Lewis, starring Sean Hayes and Jeremy Northam; the Emmy® nominated A Place For Annie, with Sissy Spacek; the Emmy® nominated mini-series Haven with Natasha Richardson and Anne Bancroft; Helter Skelter, and many others.

Gray has directed numerous episodes of broadcast and cable series, including multiple episodes of the NBC series GRIMM and was also the producing director of the CBS series RECKLESS. Gray’s acclaimed short films have played and are currently playing in film festivals all over the world including FRENCH KISS, which has also notched 6.3 million views to date on YouTube. He is married to writer-filmmaker Melissa Jo Peltier, and they make their home in New York and Cape Cod, MA. The Desecrated is his debut novel. Follow him on Twitter @JThomasGray, or Instagram @bayrdge


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