Apart by R. James Milos
In the remote village of Hamburg in Northern New Jersey, over the course of a few days, four young people go missing. The townspeople whisper about a “Pied Piper of Hamburg” leading children away—an appropriate analogy since the country village includes a decaying gingerbread castle and a barren fairytale park. The police, held back by limited resources, struggle to find answers, unaware of an ugly dwarf living in seclusion in a cedar swamp miles from town. Goths, Wicca, and unknowing perversity combine to shake the sheltered hamlet to its core as Goth teenagers, Ash and Luna, befriend the undersized recluse in an effort to escape their own loneliness. But what the two teenagers finally discover will not produce a fairytale ending.