The Corpse Queen


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$18.99  $17.66
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.81 X 8.59 X 1.35 inches | 1.18 pounds

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About the Author

Heather Herrman's fiction blends beauty and the macabre. Her obsession with horror began with a sixth-grade slumber party viewing of Night of the Demons. She loves prairie winds, tales of wicked women, and landscapes that look like they could eat you. Her debut horror novel, Consumption, is available through Random House/Hydra. She holds an MFA in fiction from New Mexico State University and is an active member of The Horror Writer's Association. Her work has received support from The Prague Writer's Program and The Nebraska Arts Council. Heather currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Praise for The Corpse Queen
A 2023 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
A 2022 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

"Stylishly smart and macabre, the story . . . sparkle[s] with class-defying friendships and warmth. Part mystery, part thriller, and part family discovery, this is a delicious horror story from which the reader can't look away." --Booklist, starred review

"This historical thriller is dark, twisty, and perfect for a spooky fall read." --Buzzfeed

"Dark. Glittering. Dangerous. The Corpse Queen is deliciously macabre and utterly decadent. Like a well-placed scalpel, Molly's sharp mind and cool determination in a male-dominated world will slip under your skin and snip at your heartstrings. A cinematic story cleverly plotted and intoxicatingly addictive; I gulped it down in one sitting." --Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper

"The plot rockets along, greased by the rot of the dead, to a satisfying, and somewhat surprising, conclusion. If Poe's daughter told a story, this might be it." --Kirkus Reviews

"Dripping with Gothic decadence and dark romantic allure, this novel hits all the right notes. . . It's a must-read." --Hypable

"A historical mystery that will give you goosebumps." --Pop Sugar

"Smartly written with a decidedly dark demeanor . . . this immersive, Frankenstein-tinged novel considers misogyny, socioeconomic divides, and social norms at a specific moment in modern surgery's beginnings." --Publishers Weekly

"A wonderfully macabre thriller that mines considerable tension and chills from the grotesqueries and disturbing lack of ethics in nineteenth-century medical inquiry, leaning as much on various characters' utter lack of compassion as on blood and guts for its horror. Molly is appealing in her complexity . . . [and] as taken by new science as any clever girl would be. . . A winner for fans of Bray's Diviner series." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Set in 1850s Philadelphia, this macabre novel is full of death, corpses, and anomalies. It highlights the dark practice of body snatching that was historically used to study anatomy. The writing is fast paced and highlights Molly and her aunt as independent feminists. The dark plot flows well with a surprise ending, keeping readers intrigued. . . A great YA addition to libraries serving high school students, this gothic fiction title will appeal to young adult fans of the horror genre." --School Library Journal

"Full of scares and surprises." --Girls' Life

"[For] fan[s] of the dark and macabre. . . [and] stories that dig into the earthy underbelly of society." --MuggleNet