Hammers on Bone

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Tom Doherty Associates, Oct 11, 2016 - Fiction - 72 pages

Cassandra Khaw bursts onto the scene with Hammers on Bone, a hard-boiled horror show that Charles Stross calls "possibly the most promising horror debut of 2016." A finalist for the British Fantasy award and the Locus Award for Best Novella!


John Persons is a private investigator with a distasteful job from an unlikely client. He’s been hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid’s stepdad, McKinsey. The man in question is abusive, abrasive, and abominable.

He’s also a monster, which makes Persons the perfect thing to hunt him. Over the course of his ancient, arcane existence, he’s hunted gods and demons, and broken them in his teeth.

As Persons investigates the horrible McKinsey, he realizes that he carries something far darker. He’s infected with an alien presence, and he’s spreading that monstrosity far and wide. Luckily Persons is no stranger to the occult, being an ancient and magical intelligence himself. The question is whether the private dick can take down the abusive stepdad without releasing the holds on his own horrifying potential.

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User Review  - JosephCamilleri - LibraryThing

This is what you get when you merge Chandler and Lovecraft and add a contemporary edge. PI John Persons is hired by a ten-year old client to kill the child's abusive stepdad, McKinsey. Persons speaks ... Read full review

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User Review  - Damiella - LibraryThing

I originally bought this book as a present for my 15 year old niece. On reading, I'm thinking my sister would hunt me down if I gifted it. I loved it but it's a bit too much for her. (not to mention I don't believe she's read any Lovecraft which definitely sets the tone) Read full review

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CASSANDRA KHAW is an award-winning game writer, and currently works as a scriptwriter for Ubisoft Montreal. Khaw's work can be found in places like The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. Khaw's first original novella, Hammers on Bone, was a British Fantasy Award and Locus Award finalist.

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