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“Bruce’s collection of feminist, fantastical short stories has something to please nearly every taste. Bruce’s knack for ethereal tales that cut straight to the core of what it means to be a human (and specifically a woman) will delight readers who enjoy a smattering of the supernatural and blurred edges of reality.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
This House of Wounds is the devastating debut short story collection from British Fantasy Award-winning author Georgina Bruce. Haunting and visceral tales for the lost and the lonely. An emotional and riveting debut, with 4 brand new stories.
“An astonishing, totally absorbing debut collection. Edgy, disturbing and delicious in equal parts. Georgina Bruce plays with myth and horror beautifully.”
- Kerry Hadley-Pryce, Author of Gamble, and The Black Country
“The stories in This House of Wounds strike me as both an emotional and intellectual examination of pain, from how it spreads and is passed on to others to how it can easily turn us into different, crueller creatures. Each act formed in pain leads to another, then another, and this makes for twisted, beautiful reading. Georgina Bruce is a courageous and compelling writer.”
- Aliya Whiteley, Author of The Loosening Skin, and The Beauty
Georgina Bruce is a writer and teacher currently living in Edinburgh. Her short stories have been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and have been longlisted for the Bridport and Mslexia short story prizes. In 2017, her story ‘White Rabbit’ won the British Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. This is her first collection.
Bruce's collection of feminist, fantastical short stories has something to please nearly every taste. Lovers of dark fantasy and fairy tales will enjoy "The Shadow Men," while "The Book of Dreems" is an excellent choice for the sci-fi fan, and"Red Queening" provides a dark and eerie take on Alice in Wonderland. Readers of dystopian fiction will relish "Wake Up, Phil," which carries a feeling of disquiet and an uncertainty of both time and place. Though most of the stories end tragically, they are also designed to be hopeful on a deeper level, as in "Her Bones the Trees" and "Cat World," stories of sexual violence and reawakenings. The prose is exquisite throughout, but the otherworldliness of the tales and unflinching inclusion of violence and abuse can make this collection a challenge. Bruce's knack for ethereal tales that cut straight to the core of what it means to be a human (and specifically a woman) will delight readers who enjoy a smattering of the supernatural and blurred edges of reality.