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About the Author
HIRON ENNES is a writer, musician, and student of medicine based in the Pacific Northwest. Their areas of interest include infectious disease, pathology, and anticapitalist healthcare reform. When they're not hunched over a microscope or word document they can be found playing in the snow or playing the harp (though usually not at the same time). They're queer in every sense of the word, and they really want to pet your dog.Leech is their first novel.
The RUSA Best Horror Novel of 2023!
"A wonderful new entry to Gothic science fiction, impeccably clever and atmospheric. Think Wuthering Heights... with worms!" --Tamsyn Muir
"Leech uses language with startling acrobatism, creating a world steeped with more secrets than the human body can contain." --Cassandra Khaw "Worldbuilding both subtle and surprising. Killer prose. Grotesque biology like I've never seen. If you've ever wondered what would happen if David Cronenberg and Edgar Allen Poe bumped into each other at the same parasitological conference, here's your answer." --Peter Watts "Startlingly original, yet eerily familiar, with Leech, Ennes spins classic Gothic horror and fascinating science fiction into a creation that is disturbing, horrifying, and impossible to turn away from." --Brom "This book managed to surprise me, and that's not easy for this jaded reader. I read everything, therefore I thought I had seen everything. Leech isn't like anything I've read before." --Tade Thompson, author of Rosewater "A tense, disturbing work of Gothic horror that embraces difficult themes of power, abuse, agency, and raw survival in an unforgettably apocalyptic setting. Gory, shocking, raw -- and utterly humane." --Kameron Hurley "A strange and fascinating far-future world is gradually revealed in this accomplished combination of gothic horror and sci-fi." --The Guardian "Leech is wonderful, with a truly unique protagonist, a gooey, squicky post-apocalyptic setting, and a dose of Gormenghast gothic. Perfect for fans of Gideon the Ninth and The Traitor Baru Cormorant." --Django Wexler "A razor-sharp balance between the Gothic and the weird, Leech is a startling surprise. A unique narrator, a complex and twisted world, toe-curling horror -- I wanted to keep reading." --World Fantasy Award-winning author G. V. Anderson "What a unique book! Surreal body horror, surprising turns, and staggering ideas -- all woven together by beautiful writing. This debut novel is one to remember." --Tim Lebbon