Hammers on Bone


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4.9 X 7.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.25 pounds

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About the Author

CASSANDRA KHAW is an award-winning game writer, and currently works as a scriptwriter for Ubisoft Montreal. Khaw's work can be found in places like The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. Khaw's first original novella, Hammers on Bone, was a British Fantasy Award and Locus Award finalist


"Cassandra Khaw's explosive, evocative prose is a treat to read. Khaw's ability to transform the mundane into the deeply phantasmagorical is nothing short of magical. Prepare to take a long leap into the gory, the weird, and the fantastic in the hands of a fresh new voice in fiction." --Kameron Hurley, Hugo Award-winning author of Mirror Empire and The Geek Feminist Revolution

"Khaw brilliantly combines the self-aware, on-point tone of their gumshoe narrator with the invasive rhythm of the language of pulsing terrors. The drearily everyday is infused with Lovecraftian dread in a marvelously horrifying, tightly built novella that spins a satisfying tale while doing honor to both of its core sources." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A glorious fusion of the classic noir detective thriller with Lovecraftian horror, like the squamous tentacular lovechild of Raymond Chandler and H. P. Lovecraft hatching from a five-dimensional egg to slouch down these dark streets in search of human minds to flay. Seriously? Possibly the most promising horror debut of 2016, a suitable light in these dark times." --Charles Stross

"Hammers on Bone is sly and amusing and sharp and I wound up digging the hell out of it." --Scott Lynch

"Khaw has a definite flair for the grotesque." --RT Book Reviews

"[An] incredible novella... Hammers on Bone transcends its genre - thanks in no small part to its private-investigatorand-monster protagonist and its very London setting - to become a timeless (and disturbing) parable about monsters." --Locus

"Khaw paints a bleak yet potent alternate reality in which monsters--friend or foe--are devastatingly real. Persons strikes a perfect antihero stance that is emotionally fragile despite his supernatural power. Hammers on Bone is a brilliant blend of two venerable genres as well as a deeply affecting tale on its own." --Shelf Awareness, starred review

"Hammers on Bone is an easy read on a hard subject." --BleedingCool

"Khaw mixes noir tropes straight out of a Dashiell Hammett novel with lush, atmospheric horror making for a vibrant, visceral read." --The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

"Sizzling prose over a steamy noir beat with horrific monstrosities throughout. A helluva read." --Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper and Midnight Taxi Tango

"Hammers on Bone is a delectable surprise, a discomfiting nightmare in novella shape, its eyes looking back at you to ask: who are the real monsters, little reader?" --Book Smugglers

"Absolutely fantastic monsters-meet-gritty-noir story." --Mike Laidlaw, creative director for Dragon Age

"Atmospheric Lovecraftian noir with a really tremendous eye for detail... If you like Dashiel Hammett and Lovecraft, this is a very effective blend." --Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings

"This is jolly good. You really ought to read this." --Jonathan L. Howard, author of the Johannes Cabal and Carter & Lovecraft series

"So hardboiled you could crack demon heads with it, this twisting and turning Lovecraftian PI mystery is a delight. Cassandra Khaw -- fast becoming one of the hottest names in fantasy fiction -- has a light, assured touch and an inimitable style. I'll read anything they write." --Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award-winning author of A Man Lies Dreaming and The Violent Century

"Cassandra Khaw blows the dust off Lovecraft's prose to resurrect the Elder Gods in a white-hot, eyeball-popping adventure." --Ferrett Steinmetz, author of Flex

"Khaw is one of the most exciting writers I've seen emerge in the past two years. [Hammers on Bone] is Lovecraftian in all the best ways." --Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of Certain Dark Things

"One hell of a delicious, hardbitten, unflinching experience." --Alyssa Wong, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author of "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers