Cassandra Khaw, The Salt Grows Heavy

Thursday, May 4th, 2023, 6:30 p.m. at Gibson's Bookstore

Horror writer Cassandra Khaw visits Gibson's Bookstore to haunt up the place, bringing a new novella to delight and frighten us, The Salt Grows Heavy, a razor-sharp and bewitching fairytale of discovering the darkness in the world, and the darkness within oneself.

“Devastatingly effective…a folklore-infused world that feels wholly unique. Expertly blending a gothic atmosphere with elements of splatterpunk, this brilliant novella is not to be missed.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

“A feverishly gory, grotesquely beautiful and baroque fairy-tale-meets-love-sonnet. Cassandra Khaw’s imagination is limitless.” —Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts

You may think you know how the fairytale goes: a mermaid comes to shore and weds the prince. But what the fables forget is that mermaids have teeth. And now, her daughters have devoured the kingdom and burned it to ashes.

On the run, the mermaid is joined by a mysterious plague doctor with a darkness of their own. Deep in the eerie, snow-crusted forest, the pair stumble upon a village of ageless children who thirst for blood, and the three “saints” who control them.

The mermaid and her doctor must embrace the cruelest parts of their true nature if they hope to survive.

If you cannot make this event, signed copies of The Salt Grows Heavy may be ordered from the Gibson's Bookstore website.

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Event date: 
Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
The Salt Grows Heavy By Cassandra Khaw Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250830913
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Nightfire - May 2nd, 2023

“Khaw’s poetic prose and stylish approach to gore make it a blood-soaked, unforgettable gem.” The New York Times

From Cassandra Khaw, USA Today bestselling author of Nothing But Blackened Teeth, comes The Salt Grows Heavy, a razor-sharp and bewitching fairy tale of discovering the darkness in the world, and the darkness within oneself.


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Nothing But Blackened Teeth By Cassandra Khaw Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250879516
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Nightfire - August 30th, 2022

A USA TODAY BESTSELLER • A Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Award Finalist! • An Indie Next Pick! • An October LibraryReads Pick! 2022 RUSA Reading List: Horror Winner!

Cassandra Khaw's Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists.


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