Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 02/05/2024
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captivatingly tense!
Wow. A chilling, thrilling, angry book. I inhaled this. Incredible!
emily collins
A perfect book of feminine-rage.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge horror fan, especially of those books that straddle the line between genre and literary fiction, with Mariana Enriquez being... READ MORE
Feminist rage and family drama
Lately there has been such an uprising in what I would call the sad-girl genre. Depressed women bemoaning their lives, society, men....this is the opposite... READ MORE


‘Tense, chilling’ Mariana Enriquez, author of Our Share of Night

'Lays bare intergenerational horror, feminine rage and the taking back of power' Stylist

'Incredible' Financial Times

The house breathes.

The house contains bodies and secrets.

The house is visited by ghosts, by angels that line the roof like insects, and by saints that burn the bedsheets with their haloes.

It was built by a small-time hustler as a means of controlling his wife, and even after so many years, their daughter and her granddaughter can’t leave.

They may be witches or they may just be angry, but when the mysterious disappearance of a young boy draws unwanted attention, the two isolated women, already subjects of public scorn, combine forces with the spirits that haunt them in pursuit of something that resembles justice.

Layla Martínez’s eerie debut novel Woodworm is class-conscious horror that drags generations of monsters into the sun.

Translated by Sophie Hughes and Annie McDermott

**Readers love Woodworm**

‘It draws you in and slams the door behind you’
‘A monstrous debut’
‘I want to read this book again and again’
‘Biting and inventive’
‘Shirley Jackson by way of Lina Wolff’
‘Deeply, and wonderfully, unsettling’
‘Evokes horrific imagery with a poetic, gnashing tongue’

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781787303973
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Weight: 228g
  • Dimensions: 205 x 135 x 17 mm

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