May Day - Emma Coleman

A novella.

Emma Coleman, whose first published short story caught Ellen Datlow's eye and was included in the recommended reading list in Year's Best Horror, makes her long-form debut with this, the third of our stand alone novella series.

May is just seventeen when the factory goes up, killing her parents and her sister in their home. In a split second, she has been rendered an orphan.

The war is at its height and May has no option but to relocate to the country, moving in with her father’s sister, a strict church-going woman who never did approve of May’s mum nor her heathen ways. Despite Aunt Celia’s disapproval, May continues to practice the superstitions her mum drummed into her.

Until the one time she doesn’t; at which point something dark and deadly arises and proceeds to invade her life, determined to claim her as its own...

“A truly original tale of terror, founded on a vivid sense of period and place and in traditions that feel both occult and uncannily familiar.” – Ramsey Campbell

“Full of uniquely nihilistic verve and eerie vision. In this tale Emma Coleman’s gorgeously classic writing racks up to a terrible tension, attaining nerve-racking pace. Blood spills as the bleak collides with the beautiful. A novella richly worth an award.” – Ian Watson

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Release date: April 6, 2021
Genres: horror
Expectation rating: 7.00/10
Total ratings: 2
Updated: April 06, 2021