A little while back, I did an interview with the Indianapolis Star about
IN THE GARDEN OF SPITE, and they turned it into a glorious article about Belle and the book.
Since the real Belle Gunness lived — and murdered — in Indiana, it definitely felt like closing a circle.
Here is a quote:
Bruce’s novel does much more than merely set what’s already known about Gunness’ atrocities to a fictional tune. Instead, she imagines how Gunness — a rare female serial killer — might have justified her endeavor. The character is a potent combination of cold sociopath, unfailing pragmatist and unhealed victim.
You can read the interview here
This creepy beauty — the US paperback — is out in the world today!
You can buy it from here.
The book was discussed on episode #271 of the podcast.
You can listen to it here.
This pretty, blue bird is one year old today!!!
It’s been quite a ride — truly life changing, and deeply healing on a personal level. I’m beyond thrilled that Cassie and Pepper-Man are still going strong and picking up new readers.
“Smart, creepy . . . glittering and menacing . . . deliciously terrifying.” Laird Hunt, Guardian
“This beguiling and unsettling debut had me hooked from the first page . . . a unique, strange and defiant folk horror story which lingers long in the memory.” Daily Express
Pepper-Man (the German edition of YOU LET ME IN), just won ‘Book of the Year 2020’, courtesy of the good people at Phantastik-Couch.de.
The jury said:
With her debut, Camilla Bruce presents a gripping genre mix of horror, thriller and drama. The fairies, more in fairy tales, are dusted off and drawn into the supposed reality in a dangerously grotesque way. An ambiguous horror tale that stays in people’s heads for a long time thanks to its clever narrative.
You can read more about it here.
“In the Garden of Spite is a chilling, pitch-perfect novel that should finally make Belle Gunness a household name. A superb and unforgettable read.”Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author of A Murderous Relation
My ‘audacious novel of feminine rage’ has arrived in the world, and I just couldn’t be more happy!
Available everywhere for US readers — the rest of us have to order it online.
Planeta de Libros Mexico’s Spanish language edition of YOU LET ME IN — ME DEJASTE ENTRAR — is out now, and with a very beautiful cover!
For European readers, it seems to be available as a Kindle e-book on both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.es.
I’m so very thrilled to learn that my first historical novel got a starred review from Publishers Weekly!
You can read the review here.
I also did an interview with Publishers Weekly — the online version can be found here.
I am so very proud and pleased to announce that You Let Me In is out in the world!
It was published in the UK this week, and will be out in the US next month.
Praise for You Let Me In:
“By the end of the third page I was not only hooked, but beginning to think that this might be the best book I’d read all year . . . creepy, pagan, detailed, entrancing. I loved it.”
JOANNE HARRIS, author of Chocolat and The Strawberry Thief
“A bewitching, beguiling, and deeply unsettling tale of one woman’s strange life. It will ensnare you from page one and keep you riveted until the end.”
CAITLIN STARLING, author of The Luminous Dead
“Dark and immersive; a feast of storytelling that lingers long after the last morsel’s been consumed.”
SAM LLOYD, author of The Memory Wood
“A glorious, pitch-black fairytale of a book. Lush, strange and defiant. As soon as I finished it, I went straight back to the start and read it again.”
KIRSTY LOGAN, author of Things We Say in the Dark
“Exploring the darker side of fairytales, it inhabits that liminal space where folklore and horror collide. A worrying tale where reality is filtered through the unreal, and the rational rubs shoulders with the supernatural, this is a beguiling story of love and revenge.”
LUCIE MCKNIGHT HARDY, author of Water Shall Refuse Them
You can buy it here