The Girl from Rawblood


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5.5 X 8.2 X 1.2 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

CATRIONA WARD was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She studied English at the University of Oxford, and later, completed a Creative Writing Masters at the University of East Anglia. Ward won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel for her debut, The Girl from Rawblood, and again for Little Eve, making her the first woman to win the prize twice. Ward is the internationally bestselling author of The Last House on Needless Street.


"From Victorian ghost story to anti-war polemic and back again: I raged, wept and hid under the bed covers. As full of science as it is the supernatural, this is a hauntingly brilliant virtuoso performance." - Emma Healey, best selling author of Elizabeth is Missing
"With a ghostly face at the window, inexplicable events and a sense of menace hanging over every page, this is one chilling gothic novel." - Daily Mail
"A gripping and gruesome story of death, war, mental health, scientific experimentation, opium addiction and ill-fated, fateful love. Chillingly good." - Express
"The Girl from Rawblood is a fiercely original work of horror fiction that draws from its antecedents not in the manner of a vampire sucking blood, but of a thirsty artisan raising water from a well . . . a damn fine story, well paced and genuinely disturbing and achingly sad. This is one of those novels that leaves you loath to read anything else for a while, the world it evokes is so complete and so richly imagined. The Girl from Rawblood delivers all the mystery and menace that one might hope for in a classic ghost story. Moreover, it does not shrink from the ineffable. Fans of supernatural horror need not be disappointed: in The Girl from Rawblood, the ghosts are real." - Strange Horizons
"The Girl from Rawblood makes a powerful contribution to the British literature of the fantastic. It's an epic family saga incorporating a great Gothic house, built upon a lyrically rendered regional landscape, from which the numinous rises as if it is a natural function of the setting. There's a touch of Ted Hughes here, Emily Bronte and M.R James in this eerie and by turns moving story that spans generations. It filled my head for several evenings, and will linger there too . . . A definite book of the year for me" - Adam Nevill, author of The Ritual
"Beautifully written Gothic. It is rare to find such sumptuous prose." - A.K. Benedict, author of The Beauty of Murder and Jonathan Dark, or the Evidence of Ghosts
"The Girl from Rawblood is a mesmerizing debut novel. It will haunt your dreams." - Miranda Seymour, author of Thrumpton Hall
"The west-country moors have been the setting for some of the most memorable of unsettling stories in British literature; there's something about that unconquerable space that threatens us, even now. The Girl from Rawblood is a continuation of our long-standing fear of the bleak expanse of the wide-open, so far from shelter or from normality, and it's brilliant." - Den of Geek
"The Girl from Rawblood weaves a spell that both terrifies and mesmerizes. As each layer of mystery is peeled away, more haunting truth is revealed. The book leaves the reader breathless in its gothic tale of fear, family, blood, and love." - Simone St. James, award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare
"A ghostly, achingly sad, yet excruciatingly beautiful debut . . .Catriona Ward has created a moving, original tale of love and destruction, one that is truly enthralling and memorable." - LoveReading
"If you want to read a gripping ghost story and be kept awake all night . . . you must read The Girl From Rawblood" - Bianca Jagger
"The Girl from Rawblood is a cleverly interwoven Gothic tale of love and madness. Ward's atmospheric writing and chilling story drew me in from the first page, and kept me up at night, right through to the disturbing and tragic ending." - Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days
"A story to satisfy the most gothic of hearts. I was hooked on the very first page and The Girl from Rawblood never let me go. Sentence by sentence, Catriona Ward made herself one of my very favorite writers." - Kelly Link, 2016 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, author of Get in Trouble
"Gloriously dark and claustrophobic, The Girl from Rawblood is a haunting gothic novel of intelligence and complexity. It has many echoes of the classics but is entirely its own book." - Essie Fox, author of The Somnambulist
..".superb debut....Wade perfectly balances sensory richness with the chills of the uncanny." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"The Girl from Rawblood is a precisely and beautifully woven tapestry through which threads of darkness wind their inevitable way. Ward has crafted a sweeping saga of madness in all its forms that will chill you to the bones and draw you into its murky depths." - Charlie Lovett, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale and The Lost Book of the Grail
"Brilliant - The Girl From Rawblood is the old-school gothic novel I have been waiting for. While it delivers everything I want from a 'haunted house/family curse' story, it is still stunningly original. I have never read anything like it and that's saying something." - Mike Mignola, creator of the Hellboy comic book series
"A lush, macabre, chillingly good tale. From the modern horrors of man - medical experiments, war - to the ancient power of the natural world, 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
"[an] atmospheric debut" - Booklist
"Beautifully written, in equal parts both terrifying and heart-breaking, The Girl from Rawblood is a dazzlingly brilliant Gothic masterpiece" - Sarah Pinborough
"Ward's layered and skillfully crafted novel weaves elements of classic gothic and horror into a remarkable story populated by unforgettable characters, palpable atmosphere, and rich lyricism. Imagine the darkest and goriest undertones of Edgar Allan Poe, the Brontës, Charles Dickens, and Shirley Jackson, and you'll have an idea of what Ward offers here." - Library Journal