The Bone Mother

I am pleased to announce that my debut horror novel The Bone Mother, published by ChiZine Publications, was named to the 2017 Scotiabank Giller longlist. The Globe and Mail has listed it as one of their top 100 books of 2017, and The National Post placed it at the number 22 spot in the NP99, their list of the 99 best books of the year.

“The Giller longlist includes the first-ever horror novel to be in contention for Canada’s most prestigious literary prize.” The Globe and Mail.

From the Publishers Weekly starred review: “This extraordinary debut novel crosses borders and boundaries, stretching across continents and years in a series of interwoven stories and vignettes….Demchuk gracefully pieces together a dark and shining mosaic of a story with unforgettable imagery and elegant, evocative prose. These stories read like beautiful and brutal nightmares, sharply disquieting, and are made all the more terrifying by the history in which they’re grounded.”

Three neighbouring 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 Globe and Mail: “Scary…Well crafted and significant in its own right, Demchuk’s novel seems all the more important in light of recent displays of far-right and overt Nazi hatred. As one narrator says, ‘Some stories need to be told time and again. Every generation forgets. Every child learns anew.'”

The Winnipeg Review: “I loved David Demchuk’s eminently readable mosaic novel The Bone Mother: A suite of supernaturally-tinged interconnected horror stories set mostly—though not all—in small villages on the Ukrainian/Romanian border in the time of industrialization…Awesomely spooky.”

Broken Pencil Magazine: “A harrowing novel…in each chapter, a creature tells the story of their life, and under Demchuk’s careful construction, they add up to a haunting tale about the effects of war and cultural devastation.”

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A staged version, The Thimble Factory, was presented in Toronto at Videofag in October 2015.