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Little Sister Death

William Gay

The most terrifying novel you’ll read this year…

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Little Sister Death is the stunning ‘lost’ horror novel of the late William Gay. Inspired by the famous 19th Century Bell Witch haunting of Tennessee, it follows the unravelling life of David Binder, a writer who moves his young family to a haunted farmstead to try and find inspiration for his faltering work.

Beautifully written and structured, Little Sister, Death is a loving and faithful addition to the field of classic horror writing, eschewing any notions of irony or post-modern tricks as it aims, instead, straight for your soul.

Critic Reviews

'A beautifully written, deeply unsettling haunted house story that lingers with the power of a half-remembered nightmare.'

Critic Reviews

William Gay's Little Sister Death is a dark, shimmering gift to readers. Marshaling all his monumental narrative powers and with prose as sharp and glittering as a scythe, he brings a tale so sinister, lush and spellbinding, it haunts your dreams long after you reach its final pages.

Critic Reviews

'The late William Gay is pure Tennessee Gothic. He is what Cormac McCarthy would have become if he had stayed in Tennessee writing about murder, incest, necrophilia and backwoods love. It's hard to find writing this dark that feels this authentic.'

Critic Reviews

'One of the most terrifying ghost stories I've ever read. Gay effortlessly conjures up an atmosphere of sheer terror and eldritch malevolence as writer David Binder and his family settle into an old isolated farmhouse in the deep South. Drawing on 19th Century myths and modern anxieties, he ratchets up the tension as he leads you towards his stunning conclusion ... It's as if Cormac McCarthy had been asked to write the sequel to The Blair Witch Project.'


William Gay was born in Hohenwald, Tennessee. After high school, he joined the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War. For many years he made his living as a carpenter, drywall-hanger and house painter before publishing, in 1998, his first novel, The Long Home, at the age of 57. He went on to publish the story collection I…

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