Hiron Ennes presents 'Leech'

 "Gothically bloody, beautifully written, and sharp as a scalpel to the amygdala."—Freya Marske


Third Place Books welcomes writer and musician Hiron Ennes to our Ravenna store! Ennes will be discussing their debut novel Leech, a chillingly inventive Gothic horror story. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Copies of Leech will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About Leech. . .

A surreal and horrifying debut, Leech defies our understanding of identity, heredity, and bodily autonomy.

In an isolated chateau, as far north as north goes, the baron’s doctor has died. The doctor’s replacement has a mystery to solve: discovering how the Institute lost track of one of its many bodies.

For hundreds of years the Interprovincial Medical Institute has grown by taking root in young minds and shaping them into doctors, replacing every human practitioner of medicine. The Institute is here to help humanity, to cure and to cut, to cradle and protect the species from the apocalyptic horrors their ancestors unleashed.

In the frozen north, the Institute's body will discover a competitor for its rung at the top of the evolutionary ladder. A parasite is spreading through the baron's castle, already a dark pit of secrets, lies, violence, and fear. The two will make war on the battlefield of the body. Whichever wins, humanity will lose again.


Praise for Leech. . .

“A wonderful new entry to Gothic science fiction, impeccably clever and atmospheric. Think Wuthering Heights...with worms!”
Tamsyn Muir, author of Harrow the Ninth

“Emotionally complex, wildly inventive, and full of squirming terror...This is a must-read for readers looking for something new from the horror genre.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Part of me admires the sheer level of craft that Ennes put into this book, but another part of me feels it must surely have been unearthed, whole and eerie and throbbing, in a box in a dark attic. Gothically bloody, beautifully written, and sharp as a scalpel to the amygdala. I loved it."
Freya Marske, author of A Marvellous Light

Hiron Ennes is a writer, musician, and student of medicine based in the Pacific Northwest. Their areas of interest include infectious disease, pathology, and anticapitalist healthcare reform. When they're not hunched over a microscope or word document they can be found playing in the snow or playing the harp (though usually not at the same time). They're queer in every sense of the word, and they really want to pet your dog. Leech is their first novel.

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