Winner of BEST HORROR NOVEL (August Derleth Award) at British Fantasy Awards 2016 She comes in the night. She looks into your eyes. One by one, she has taken us all.
For generations they have died young, and now fifteen-year-old Iris and her father are the last of the Villarca line. Confined to their lonely mansion on Dartmoor, they suffer their disease in isolation. But Iris breaks her promise to hide from the world and dares to fall in love.
It is only then that they understand the true horror of the Villarca curse, the curse of the bone-white woman who visits in the night, leaving death in her wake.
‘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
Gloriously dark and claustrophobic, 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
The story crosses generations, from Victorian England to World War I, and is told by a number of different voices, going back and forth in time and drawing the reader into their thrall. With a ghostly face at the window, inexplicable events and a sense of menace hanging over every page, this is one chilling gothic novel
Fanny Blake, Daily Mail
plenty of twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat.
WOMAN AND HOME
Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express S Magazine
As a meta-examination of the Gothic genre (it's mostly set in the 19th Century( and as a straightforward tale of grisly haunting, Ward's novel is remarkably successful.
an impressively hectic spin on the Gothic tradition
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
A gothic tale of love and madness, this atmospheric and chilling story drew me in from the first page, and kept me up at night, until I reached the last
Claire Fuller, author of OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS
carried off in fine style
Elegiac in its prose and haunting in its imagery, 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, author of 'The Bookman’s Tale' and 'First Impressions'
Beautifully written, in equal parts both terrifying and heart-breaking, RAWBLOOD is a dazzlingly brilliant Gothic masterpiece. Reminiscent of FRANKENSTEIN but better
Sarah Pinborough, author of 13 MINUTES
A story to satisfy the most gothic of hearts. I was hooked on the very first page and [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
Elegiac in its prose and haunting in its imagery, [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 FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Beautifully written Gothic. It is rare to find such sumptuous prose
A.K. Benedict, author of THE BEAUTY OF MURDER
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, author of THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE
Brilliant -- 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 HELLBOY
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
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.