Dead Animals

Phoebe Stuckes


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11 April 2024
ISBN: 9781399728133
160 pages

From the publisher

There is something creeping at the edge of your vision, lingering somewhere just out of focus. All it would take is to let your mind wander, to let it come into view.

I May Destroy You meets It Follows: a short, sharp, shock of a novel about an act of violence, a woman haunted by the memory of what happened, and her lover with a plan for revenge.

A young woman wakes after a house party with scratches and bruises - and a gap in her memory.

As the violent truth comes back to her - a series of events she struggles to name - her anger grows.

Solace comes in the form of enigmatic, captivating Helene, who knows what the man at the party did, has suffered at his hands too. An act of violence demands one in return and Helene is planning revenge.

But who can afford to ask for justice, when the cost is murderously high?

'Searing' Observer

'A blistering, unbearably tense read' i

'Wonderfully chilling . . . a delectable slice of defiantly queer menace' -
Leon Craig, author of Parallel Hells

'A brilliant, chilling, furious novel. Real, relatable, and unputdownable' -
Rachel Long, author of My Darling from the Lions

Dead Animals is a novel about trauma and sexual violence. Yet, in the same way Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You exceeded the bounds of the term 'post-MeToo narrative', Stuckes' book is generically slippery and hard to pin down. Dead Animals is as much a novel about hospitality work, disaffection, privilege, the rental market, and supernatural hauntings as it is about sexual trauma. Or perhaps it is all of these things bound together that make it such a powerfully compelling work of queer horror -Eloise Hendy / Dazed

Dead Animals is creepy, claustrophobic and deeply unsettling. The prose is razor-sharp and the overall effect is intoxicating. -Kylie Whitehead, author of Absorbed