The Bone Mother

The Bone Mother

eBook - 2017
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Three neighboring villages on the Ukrainian/Romanian border are the final refuge for the last of the mythical creatures of Eastern Europe. Now, on the eve of the war that may eradicate their kind-and with the ruthless Night Police descending upon their sanctuary-they tell their stories and confront their destinies. The Rusalka, the beautiful, vengeful water spirit who lives in lakes and ponds and lures men and children to their deaths. The Vovkulaka, who changes from her human form into that of a wolf and hides with her kind deep in the densest forests. The Strigoi, a revenant who feasts on blood and twists the minds of those who love, serve, and shelter him. The Drevniye, an apparition that impersonates its victim and draws him into a web of evil in order to free itself. And the Bone Mother, a skeletal crone with iron teeth who lurks in her house in the heart of the woods, and cooks and eats those who fail her vexing challenges. Eerie and unsettling like the best fairy tales, these incisor-sharp portraits of ghosts, witches, sirens, and seers-and the mortals who live at their side and in their thrall-will chill your marrow and tear at your heart. Longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner of the 2018 Sunburst Award Longlisted for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards.
Publisher: [United States] :, ChiZine Publications,, 2017
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ISBN: 9781771484220
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PawsFurBooks Dec 23, 2019

Well, this is terrifying. And really gross at some points. A good Horror book for those who are fans of that genre. However, I need to go watch 3 Disney movies now.

Aug 27, 2019

I love discovering books such as this one. I have always had this odd fascination with old photographs of unknown origin. So this collection of images from the Costica Acsinte Archive and unnerving stories was nearly impossible for me to put down.

These tales are based on folklore and (while unique) may seem eerily familiar, which in turn makes them even more terrifying. None of them are tied up in a nice little bow, which I find more enjoyable than if everything was fully explained. The key to achieving such impact is to leave something to the overactive imaginations of your readers.

My advice is to just allow the author to take you on the journey.

Nov 26, 2017

Haunting, creepy - disturbing descriptions of how the protagonists and more often their elder relatives keep the goblins and ghouls alive. Don't go down to the basement or venture too close to the water or something is bound to get you!


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