"Rio Youers' storytelling is so charming, so affable, so apparently effortless, that you're still grinning like an idiot when the sheer horror of his imagination leaps up and suckerpunches you in the gut."-Robert Shearman, world fantasy award-winning author of Everyone's Just So So Special
"Westlake Soul is a novel of astonishing beauty and skill. In every generation there are writers who can reveal the souls of the characters that live inside their stories while simultaneously laying bare the secrets of the reader's own heart, if only to them. Rio Youers is such a writer, and Westlake Soul-with all its pain, terror, beauty, wonder, and redemption-is such a novel: a classic in the making by an unforgettable, major new voice in speculative fiction."-Michael Rowe, author of Enter, Night
"In this wry, heartbreaking fantasy, Youers (Dark Dreams, Pale Horses) explores the dark landscape of a healthy mind trapped in an unresponsive body... deftly captur[ing] the voice and raw emotion of a young man struggling to delay the inevitable."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)