Catriona Ward

Catriona Ward was born in Washington DC and grew up in the US, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen and Morocco. She studied English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford followed by the UEA Masters in Creative Writing. After living in New York for 4 years where she trained as an actor, she now works for a human rights foundation and lives in London.

Her literary debut, Rawblood was shortlisted for the Author’s Club Debut Novel of the Year and winner of Best Horror Novel at the British Fantasy Awards. A second novel, Little Eve, was published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in Summer 2018.

Praise for Rawblood:

‘Eerie… a gripping and gruesome story of death, war, mental health, scientific experimentation, opium addiction and ill-fated, fateful love. Chillingly good.’ Daily Express

‘From Victorian ghost story to anti-war polemic and back again: I raged, wept and hid under the bed covers. As full of science as it is the supernatural, this is a hauntingly brilliant virtuoso performance.’ – Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing

‘Genuinely frightening.. Like the best classic Gothic novels (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Castle of Otranto), Rawblood relies on partially informed narrators telling their own stories… As a meta-examination of the Gothic genre and as a straightforward tale of grisly haunting, Ward’s novel is remarkably successful.’ The Spectator

‘An impressively hectic spin on the Gothic tradition’ The Telegraph

‘The ghost story is back’ The Guardian

‘An extended stalk through the history of the English ghost story.. the pleasures of the ghost story are presented in such abundance, and carried off in such fine style.. savour the allusive gusto..’ Literary Review

‘Ward perfectly balances sensory richness with the chills of the uncanny’ Publishers’ Weekly (starred review)

‘Beautifully written, in equal parts both terrifying and heart-breaking, Rawblood is a dazzlingly brilliant Gothic masterpiece.’ Sarah Pinborough

Rawblood is a cleverly interwoven Gothic tale of love and madness. Ward’s atmospheric writing and chilling story drew me in from the first page, and kept me up at night, right through to the disturbing and tragic ending.’ Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days

‘Grabs you like a vivid dream and won’t let you go.. A brilliant piece of fiction’ Lovereading

‘All the elements of a real chiller.. Had me on the edge of my seat’ Woman and Home

‘Gloriously dark and claustrophobic, Rawblood is a haunting gothic novel of intelligence and complexity. It has many echoes of the classics but is entirely its own book’. Essie Fox, author of The Somnambulist

Praise for Little Eve:

‘’A layered, fantastic and fantastically moving tale of self delusion, faith, and family […] A smart and moving examination of self-delusion and the lengths people go to keep faith…I raced through it’ Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink & Stars

‘You liked The Wasp Factor? Jog on Banks. Meet Little Eve.’ Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

‘It’s as if a sinister precursor to the Manson Family has mingled with the folk horror of The Wicker Man on a remote Isle in 1920s Scotland. I was immediately bewitched by this chilling mystery story. It’s both tender and shocking by turns, the writing always sensory. Little Eve also proves that Rawblood is not only a startling debut, but clearly the beginning of a dark vision that Catriona Ward has continued to express, with an equal power and intensity, in this story. That’s some feat.’ Adam Nevill, author of The Ritual

‘Magnificent… shades of Shirley Jackson and the Loney’, Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat

‘Little Eve brims with dark energy, full of haunting, surprising turns. You will be guessing and gasping till the end.’ Philip Womack, author of The Broken King

Agent Name: Sam Copeland

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