Detritus is young, a little odd, and in love with a dead girl who doesn't know she's dead. Detritus? best friend is also a ghost in a Nazi costume. These things are strange, but nothing compared to the dark and surreal wave rolling toward him. He needs to be ready. The Opposite is coming.

What unfurls in the form of The Opposite is a haunting and unsettling presence—one that our protagonist, Detritus, must battle, with a motley crew consisting of only his ghostly best friend and a long dead love. Suits of skin, bloody rain, vermin and insects unified in upheaval—this tapestry is a vibrant, visceral horror, written by two introspective visionaries.
— Richard Thomas, author of Breaker and Tribulations
It’s always intriguing to read a successful collaboration: two creative minds merging into one shared vision. Not the easiest thing to do. Mercedes Yardley & John Boden take the challenge to nightmare territory: Detritus in Love is haunting and unsettling, a darkly poetic, feverishly vivid dreamscape for broken romantics everywhere. Read it and be disturbed.
— Craig Spector
With Detritus in Love, Mercedes M. Yardley and John Boden have created a beautifully poetic dark fantasy of love, loss, and belonging that will break your heart and leave you haunted.”
— Damien Angelica Walters, author of Paper Tigers and Sing Me Your Scars
Detritus in Love is a dark portrait of the fantastic, tinged with shades of Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Boden and Yardley kept me hoping and wishing on each star they painted in their stark night sky.
— Matt Betts, author of Odd Men Out and Indelible Ink
Detritus in Love is a fantastic tale that confidently walks the line between darkly whimsical and truly creepy. What looks to be an odd love story takes a strange and harrowing turn, as unwanted child Det (short for Detritus) and his two dead friends Schultz (still dressed as Hitler from a Halloween dance) and Blank (the titular girl) come face to face with The Opposite, a malevolent figure with a connection to Det. All-too-recognizable slices of a sad life in a small trailer park intermingle with unusual and vivid imagery, allowing the story to be both grounded and bizarre. Read all in one sitting for best effect!
— Sam Cowan, Dim Shores
Mercedes M. Yardley and John Boden have fashioned a memorably dark story of intense longing—for love, for life, for beauty. Detritus, accompanied only by his spirit-friends Schultz and Blank, must try to survive the heartless elements of a hostile, claustrophobic world. Soulful and metaphorical, Detritus’ life (or the possibility of his life) sings with desire. The marvelous imagery created by these talented authors will linger in your imagination, and the plight of their young protagonist will haunt you.
— S.P. Miskowski, author of Knock Knock and Muscadines
Yardley and Boden bring a darkly beautiful tale of death and love afterwards. Haunting, this one is not to be missed.
— Jacob Haddon, Lamplight Magazine, Apokrypha Press