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A Human Stain

By Kelly Robson
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Publisher Description

Winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novelette!

"A Human Stain" by Kelly Robson is a disturbing horror novelette about a British expatriate at loose ends who is hired by her friend to temporarily care for his young, orphaned nephew in a remote castle-like structure in Germany.

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22 Reviews

“Just a log, that’s all. MY FRIENDS CHOOSE MY TBR: PART 1 Welcome to a project where I tell my friends to pick a number between 1 and whatever number of books I have on my TBR. Kicking off with pick #1234: A totally skint English woman is roped into becoming a governess for a young orphaned boy who lives in a German castle. The boy has a French nursemaid who has no teeth. Something is in the lake of the castle. Two somethings. Maybe more. I think the first part of this was written brilliantly. I adored the details of the setting, the gothic furniture, and Helen trying to integrate into an environment that wants to push her out as far as possible. But then the climax just kind of ruins it — I liked the way it was written but I also couldn't entirely tell what was happening. And then ? Either way an interesting read. I'm hoping to read more horror eventually!”
“This is honestly one of the BEST horror stories I've ever read, and I've read a lot! It also has a unique lore that I can genuinely say I've never heard or seen before. Robson has a way of writing that is so reminiscent of gothic writers (I was reminded of Poe and Stoker reading this) that it almost feels like it was actually written back then... By the time I got to the end it was almost like a door slamming in my face, because I could have easily done with a whole novel of this story with its dark atmosphere and strange characters. The best part? It's free! I highly recommend taking a few minutes to visit TOR.com and reading this novella. You won't regret it!”

About Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson’s Tor.com novella Waters of Versailles won the Aurora Award, and was a finalist for both the Nebula Award and World Fantasy Award. She has also been a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award and the Sunburst Award. Her work has been selected for numerous Year’s Best anthologies. Kelly lives in Toronto with her wife, fellow SF writer A.M. Dellamonica.

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