A troubled girl, a haunted book, a house of illusions and enchanted mirrors. Anna Carrow just wants to make things right between her and her mum, to please her stepdad, and keep out of the way of school bullies. But her efforts only seem to lead her further and further from reality, deeper and deeper into paranoia and delusion, until she finds herself tangled inside a twisted fairytale, face to face with the sinister cully king. Now Anna has to decide which version of reality to believe in. But how can you know who to trust, when your mind is playing tricks on you?
"Georgina Bruce is casting some serious fairy magic here. Glittering and terrible, a bit sexy and totally dangerous" Gemma Webster, Fiction Unbound
"A powerful work, a powerful battle of works, too, and I am still dwelling on everything that I have experienced today in my incredible reading journey..." Des Lewis
"Georgina Bruce’s debut novella is deliciously evocative and self-consciously Gothic, steeped in dark and surreal imagery. Sometimes the narrative is disorienting, as our protagonist Anna, who is mentally ill, repeatedly questions reality and her sanity, as though caught in the reflection between two mirrors. Other times, the story reads like a prose poem, with its own dreamy internal logic. As someone who is utterly fascinated by dark faery tales and Gothic fiction, I was pretty keen to read Honeybones, finished it in a single sitting, and immediately reread it after the revelatory conclusion" Archita Mittra, Strange Horizons
"Dark, dreamy (or 'dreemy'), slippery, topsy-turvy writing bordering on poetry at times. It really does pack a punch. You absolutely should get a copy" Jack Westlake
"The characters in Honeybones inhabit a world in which dreams and night terrors are no less real than what we designate 'reality'. The writing is taut, intoxicating, fierce. Highly recommended" James Knight
"A beautiful house of mirrors of a book, a puzzle that gradually unpeels its layers of mystery and meaning until we reach the shattering heart of the story. There are mirrors and dolls and complex shifting relationships. It’s a beautifully written book too; Georgina’s words conjure a rich atmosphere of fairy tale that almost completely envelops you. A wonderful book. Highly recommended" Simon Avery
"We have a haunted mansion, confined mad women, shapeshifters, vampires, monsters, creepy dolls and spells, but there is nothing derivative here. The novella is a truly original reworking of these gothic tropes, which are tightly woven. Georgina Bruce experiments with typography and self-referencing without that being a gimmick that obscures the emotional storytelling and clear narrative, which makes it a very satisfying read. It’s the age-old story of abuse but told with a fresh and nuanced voice. There are true chills here and pure glory" Priya Sharma
"Read this in a blaze of white heat ... holy shit this is fucking brilliant and anyone who loves horror, folklore and twisted fairy tales needs to read this like NOW" Jonathan Thornton
"A hypnotic haunting read... In turns beautifully dark, terrifying and worrying this is an intelligent and powerful work of storytelling" Runalong The Shelves
"Georgina Bruce has crafted something truly special here, a dark and twisted fairy tale refracted through sinister funhouse mirrors that continuously surprises and delights. The beauty of the writing carries the reader through a disturbing meditation on madness and abuse, resulting in a powerful and unforgettable experience" Ginger Nuts of Horror
"Honeybones deals with ugly subjects in beautifully written prose. Bruce explores mother-daughter dysfunction and self-/ social concepts of feminine beauty and personal worth. Madness (or is it the supernatural?) also tempts the girl to succumb. Is young Anna strong enough to overcome all this? A horrific tale one hopes will end with triumph" Paula Guran, Locus
B-format paperback with wraparound cover art by Vince Haig.