The Luminous Dead

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Harper Voyager
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5.4 X 8.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Caitlin Starling writes horror-tinged speculative fiction of all flavors. Her first novel, The Luminous Dead, won the LOHF Best Debut Award and was nominated for both the Bram Stoker and Locus Awards. She is also the author of the gothic horror tales Yellow Jessamine and The Death of Jane Lawrence, as well as a novella in the Vampire: The Masquerade audio collection, Walk Among Us. Her nonfiction has appeared in Nightmare and Uncanny. Starling also works in narrative design, and has been paid to invent body parts. She's always on the lookout for new ways to inflict insomnia.
"Ghostly, mysterious, and terrifying, The Luminous Dead will have you rooted to the spot until the very last page."--Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M
"The Luminous Dead dives into the human psyche and our ability for cruelty alongside compassion. Starling crafts a plot tight and gripping, weaves scenes dripping with wonder and terror, and keeps you wondering what's real and what's not until the very last page. Both beautiful and brutal, I loved it."--K.A. Doore, author of The Perfect Assassin
"Starling's debut is tense and well-paced, taut and terrifying. This book never lets you (or Gyre) breathe for more than an instant before pushing you further into the frightening unknown. A book you won't want to put down until the resolution arrives."--Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
"A tense psychological thriller and a gripping survival story that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. It's a dark ride that's worth every step."--Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries
"A harrowing, merciless descent into the human psyche. Starling's prose is breathtakingly cinematic and left me without a molecule of spare oxygen. This book will catch you by the ankles and drag you backwards into a terrifying and inescapable reality. Read this one with all the lights on."--Sarah Gailey, Hugo award-winning author of River of Teeth
"An electric mix of The Descent and Gravity, Starling's debut gives us an exciting and terrifying sf adventure set in the dangerous bowels of a distant planet. This story has hidden depths, secrets and mysteries to reveal. Highly recommended from start to finish."--John Hornor Jacobs, award-winning author of The Sea Dreams it is the Sky
"Starling's debut gives us an exciting and terrifying sf adventure set in the dangerous bowels of a distant planet. But like the enormous cavern system below the surface of Cassandra V, this story has hidden depths, secrets and mysteries to reveal. Highly recommended from start to finish."--John Hornor Jacobs, award-winning author of The Sea Dreams it is the Sky
"The Luminous Dead is a gripping scifi thriller with an eerie, claustrophobic setting that held me captive until I finished it. I think part of me was left behind forever in Starling's cave. This book will drag you into its dark, twisting depths and will not let you go."--Emily Suvada, author of This Mortal Coil
"With The Luminous Dead, Caitlin Starling gives us a confident debut, an imaginative future thriller that barely lets up the tension and claustrophobia. Mistrust and paranoia abound all the way to the end, and Gyre feels every moment of it, widening along with the events, as the poet said."--Tade Thompson, author of the Wormwood Trilogy and The Murders of Molly Southbourne
"A startling debut. I was truly spooked."--Kelly Robson, Nebula Award-winning author
"With sharp prose and mounting dread, Starling will drag you into a dark descent. Get ready for chills."--Sean Grigsby, author of Smoke Eaters and Daughters of Forgotten Light
"Caitlin Starling's The Luminous Dead is a gripping, claustrophobic thriller propelled by complex relationships between women. I couldn't put it down."--Ada Hoffmann, author of The Outside
"A masterful, nail-biting thriller from an extraordinary talent. Meticulously researched, expertly paced, with yearning, self-destructive heroines whose incredible physical and emotional journies will leave you breathless."--Kameron Hurley, author of The Light Brigade
"This claustrophobic, horror-leaning tour de force is highly recommended for fans of Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation and Andy Weir's The Martian."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The Luminous Dead managed to be the best sci-fi book coming in 2019. And the best horror novel. And the best queer story. This book is so many things at once, and I cannot wait for readers to discover the terrifying, complex world that Caitlin Starling has created."--Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift
"Starling's debut is a chilling study in mutual guilt and dependence that will have readers racing toward the conclusion."--Booklist
"The Luminous Dead, the fantastic horror sci-fi debut from Caitlin Starling [...] is a survival story in the vein of The Martian, with a psychological horror twist."--B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
"A torturous book. Horrifying in small, cutting, personal ways, and in the more classic scare-in-a-dark-room way. But there's an iron rod of panicked strength that runs through the middle of it."
"I'm still in disbelief that this book is a debut novel."--The Reading Chemist
"A genuinely impressive debut, suspenseful and horrific in turns."--Sci Fi Magazine
"This is a survival story, a psychological thriller, and some of the best SFnal horror I've ever read. It's a hell of a debut, and I can't wait to see what Starling does next."--Locus Magazine