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From USA Today bestselling author Cassandra Khaw comes The Salt Grows Heavy, a razor-sharp and bewitching fairytale of discovering the darkness in the world, and the darkness within oneself.
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.
CASSANDRA KHAW is the USA Today bestseller of Nothing But Blackened Teeth, and an award-winning game writer, award-nominated author, and former scriptwriter for Ubisoft Montreal. Their work can be found in places like The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. Khaw's first original novella, Hammers on Bone, was a British Fantasy Award and Locus Award finalist. Acclaimed writer Khaw can also talk about anything from punk rock, to mythologies from all over the world, to Lovecraftian horror. Their forthcoming novel with Richard Kadrey, The Dead Take the A Train, is set to publish by Nightfire in Fall 2023.
PAUL TREMBLAY has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and is the author of The Pallbearers Club, Survivor Song, Growing Things, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, and A Head Full of Ghosts. His novel The Cabin at the End of the World has been adapted as a major motion picture directed by M. Night Shyamalan. His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly online, and numerous year’s-best anthologies. He has a master’s degree in mathematics and lives outside Boston with his family.