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Familiar Spirit

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781782068723

Price: £1.99

ON SALE: 25th July 2013

Genre: Fiction & Related Items

‘By the time it was over I was so thoroughly violated that I needed to scrub my brain with steel wool’ Tor.com

In Award-winning author Lisa Tuttle’s first solo novel Sarah is looking for a fresh start and a home of her own, but something is waiting for her in the night . . .

When Sarah breaks up with the partner she has shared her home with for the last year, she is determined to make a new start. The house she finds, nestled in the woods just back from the road, seems like the perfect place to do that. Almost from the moment she looks at it, Sarah knows that it should belong to her.

But this house has invisible eyes that watch Sarah from the darkness. For the previous owner, Valerie, is keeping a secret: one that involves the house, a ritual . . . and a spirit called back from the grave.


Tuttle is a sweet relief. By the time it was over I was so thoroughly violated that I needed to scrub my brain with steel wool . . . Tuttle's books are messy and chaotic. They feel desperate. They feel human. They feel like real life.
Grady Hendrix, Tor.com
Lisa Tuttle has become a major force in macabre fiction
Stephen Jones, in ‘Fantasy Review’ on Lisa Tuttle
Tuttle manages to combine the restless, biting curiosity of a natural SF writer with an ability to project a real feeling.'
Evening Standard on Lisa Tuttle
She brings to the literature a subtlety and power, which, sometimes shading into horror, is a quite distinctive voice demanding to be heard . . . exceptional, very female, art
Independent on Sunday on Lisa Tuttle
I'm not sure if she should be considered just a horror writer. She's much more, a great storyteller who defies labels, a fine writer talking about feelings and emotions we all have experienced some time in our lives. Most of her stories leave us not frightened, but uneasy with the feeling of how lonely and melancholic the human existence can be behind its shiny façade
Infinity Plus on Lisa Tuttle
Lisa Tuttle is good - very good
New Scientist on Lisa Tuttle
Lisa Tuttle's best fiction is like a slow settling of vast planes of thought and emotion-luminous, quiet, wry, and often bitter
The New York Review of Science Fiction on Lisa Tuttle
Lisa Tuttle is one of the all-time best because she writes not only some of the scariest stuff around, but also the most meaningful.
Pat Cadigan on Lisa Tuttle
Lisa Tuttle's contributions to SF and horror fiction have always been characterized by subtlety and adroitness.
Time Out on Lisa Tuttle