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The Girl from Rawblood

A Novel


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Winner of BEST HORROR NOVEL (the August Derleth Award) at the British Fantasy Awards

What if it's not your house that's haunted—it's you? For generations, the Villarcas have died young, under mysterious circumstances. Now Iris and her father will finally find out why…

Young Iris Villarca is the last of her family's line. They are haunted by "her," a curse passed down through the generations that marks each Villarca for certain heartbreak and death. But Iris dares to fall in love, and the consequences of her choice are immediate and terrifying. As the world falls apart around her, she must take a final journey back to Rawblood where it all began, and where it must all end…

Fans of Susan Hill, Shirley Jackson, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia will love The Girl from Rawblood. If you love classic hauntings and atmospheric gothic horror, you won't want to miss it!

Praise for The Girl from Rawblood:
"Leaves the reader breathless in its gothic tale of fear, family, blood, and love."—Simone St. James, award-winning author of The Broken Girls
"Brilliant—The Girl From Rawblood is the old-school gothic novel I have been waiting for… Stunningly original."—Mike Mignola, creator of the Hellboy comic book series
"A story to satisfy the most gothic of hearts… Sentence by sentence, Catriona Ward made herself one of my very favorite writers."—Kelly Link, award-winning author and Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Get in Trouble
"A hauntingly brilliant virtuoso performance."—Emma Healey, author of Whistle in the Dark
"A gothic tale of love and madness, this atmospheric and chilling story drew me in from the first page."—Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days
"Beautifully written, in equal parts both terrifying and heart-breaking, The Girl from Rawblood is a dazzlingly brilliant Gothic masterpiece."—Sarah Pinborough, author of Dead to Her
"A lush, macabre, chillingly good tale… The Girl from Rawblood is not only a ghost story of the highest order, but a sublime meditation on the things that hold us captive: fidelity, fear, memory, love."—Leslie Parry, author of The Church of Marvels

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Size: 5.50 in x 8.25 in
  • Pages: 368

About the Author

Catriona Ward was born in Washington DC and grew up in the US, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen and Morocco. She studied English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford followed by the UEA Masters in Creative Writing. After living in New York for 4 years where she trained as an actor, she now works for a human rights foundation and lives in London.
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