DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS
Little House On The Scary
released OUT NOW! 231 pages | Paperback/ Ebook
Author Amy Lukavics
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Daughters Unto Devils is surely one of the most adult horror stories ever published under a children’s imprint.
Little House On The Prairie meets The Blair Witch Project, Amy Lukavics’s debut is a clammily claustrophobic tale of backwoods occultism that doesn’t spare its young adult readership the gory details.
In the depths of a harsh mountain winter where “the days pass like molasses”, 16- year- old Amanda Verner is convinced she’s seen the devil in the woods. Come summer, the family ups sticks for the prairie, fixing up an abandoned cabin that will make the perfect homestead – when they’ve washed the blood off the walls.
What unfolds is a visceral tale of demonic possession with a queasily infant- fixated line in body horror: prairie ants crawl in the mouth and eyes of a deafblind baby, and there are dark folktales of scarecrows with the heads of murdered children. Amanda, meanwhile, suffers a miscarriage and is haunted by the ghost of her unborn child.
Despite the occasional lapse into poor taste, Daughters Unto Devils is a vivid, beautifully written slice of American gothic horror. Paul Kirkley
Lukavics was herself raised in a small mountain town, where she discovered her mother’s Stephen King collection.