This one’s not releasing until October 2021, but mark your calendars because it’s worth it. I mean, just look at that cover. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can read the full review here, and then go check out Khaw’s other work until this one is available.
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
With lush and striking language, Khaw has created a novella that feels weightier than its relatively brief page count. When five estranged friends gather for a wedding ceremony in an abandoned Japanese manor rumored to be contain the bones of thousands of women–well, it’s hardly a surprise when things take a turn for the worse. Khaw’s rich prose is delightful, but the dread grows steadily until the moment it explodes into disgust and horror. Through her protagonists’ own discussions, Khaw is aware of the traditions she is writing in, but Nothing but Blackened Teeth finds fresh life in its cultural influences as well as its ability to deliver ongoing surprises, even when you might think you know where its all headed.
Woven through with themes of mental health and relationships stretched past the breaking point, Khaw’s characters face terror both fantastic and tangible. It’s a book that wonders whether some things are simply inevitable, carrying its characters to the brink even as it brings the reader on a twisting ride through dark, surreal passageways perhaps better left undisturbed. This novella is a gripping achievement and well worth the time of any horror fan.
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