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Gwendolyn Kiste is one of the most fierce and evocative authors at the forefront of modern horror fiction. Her writing is subversive and powerful—often focusing on the unique horrors faced by women in oppressive patriarchal systems. Kiste’s work draws on potent imagery from myth, legend, folklore, and fairytale to craft compelling narratives that sink their teeth into you—you’ll be feeling the effects of those bites long after you finish the last page. Her debut novel The Rust Maidens won a 2018 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel as well as a 2018 This Is Horror Award for Novel of the Year.
Her highly anticipated novel Reluctant Immortals is due out from Saga Press in August 2022—but you have the chance to win an Advanced Reader Copy! We have partnered with Saga Press to give four lucky winners an advanced edition of one of this summer’s hottest horror releases. Don’t miss your shot!
We asked Gwendolyn Kiste to share a few words about her forthcoming novel—and here is what she had to say!
“There are too many forgotten women, both in literature and in real life. When it comes to gothic horror, two characters who have been too often disregarded are among my very favorites: Lucy Westenra from Dracula and Bertha Antoinetta Mason from Jane Eyre. I always wanted better for both of them, so I decided to write the book I felt they deserve.
“In Reluctant Immortals, I center both Lucy and Bertha's narratives, bringing their struggles and their perspectives to the forefront. In a world where we're rapidly losing every bit of autonomy to our bodies and our futures, giving these characters back their voices has been such a precious journey for me and one that I hope reminds us to celebrate the forgotten and the marginalized—before it's too late.” — Gwendolyn Kiste
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For fans of Mexican Gothic, from three-time Bram Stoker Award–winning author Gwendolyn Kiste comes a novel inspired by the untold stories of forgotten women in classic literature—from Lucy Westnera, a victim of Stoker’s Dracula, and Bertha Mason, Mr. Rochester’s attic-bound wife in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre—as they band together to combat the toxic men bent on destroying their lives, set against the backdrop of the Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, 1967.
Reluctant Immortals is a historical horror novel that looks at two men of classic horror literature, Dracula and Mr. Rochester, and the two women who survived them, Bertha and Lucy, who are now undead immortals residing in Los Angeles in 1967 when Dracula and Rochester make a shocking return in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.
Combining elements of historical and gothic fiction with a modern perspective, in a tale of love and betrayal and coercion, Reluctant Immortals is the lyrical and harrowing journey of two women from classic literature as they bravely claim their own destiny in a man’s world.
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Note: The sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, D.C. who are 18 years of age and older by July 15, 2022.