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Oct 10, 2023 | ISBN 9781804291856

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Praise

“A perfect literary debut for a one-of-a-kind filmmaker. And that cover!”
—Sophia Stewart, Most Anticipated Books of 2023, The Millions

“A provocative work that adds layers of meaning as one becomes addicted to this page-turner of a book, Bluebeard’s Castle is a bit of Alfred Hitchcock mixed with André Breton’s Nadja.”
—Tosh Berman, author of Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World

“Written by the filmmaker of 2016’s The Love Witch, this debut novel has a similar romantic haze and a retro hyper-aesthetic swirl…stylish, scary, and peak modern Gothic.”
—Maggie Lange, Most Anticipated Books, Bustle

“Anna Biller’s sly feminist dissection of gothic tropes is as lush and layered as her cinema…Biller skillfully portrays the gaslighting and abuse that reduce her heroine to making excuses for her boorish husband.”
—Molly Odintz, Most Anticipated Books, CrimeReads

“Though the story is set in the present day, Biller paints a beautifully creepy atmosphere full of billowy dresses, darkened woods, burning candles, and castle corridors full of ghosts and secrets. The novel’s timeless quality helps drive home the unending nature of male violence against women.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Apparently, there’s nothing Biller can’t do, because she’s bringing her gothic-meets-midcentury-camp aesthetic to the page with Bluebeard’s Castle, a retelling of the famous fairy tale that also seems to be in conversation with Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.”
BookPage (“Most anticipated mystery and suspense”)

Bluebeard’s Castle is a truly great novel…it’s a delightful page-turner; multilayered and multi-dimensional. While a book of this nature is a risk in any era, it’s safe to say that Anna Biller can now add novelist to her sensational register of artistic achievements.”
We Are Cult

“Equally steeped in the traditions of the Gothic genre and the women’s picture, Bluebeard’s Castle follows a romance novelist, Judith, as she’s dragged into a whirlwind marriage with the dangerously charming Gavin. Its horror stems not just from the crumbling and potentially haunted castle, but from the terror of being trapped with a man who is a relative stranger to her.”
—Alexandra Coburn, Screen Slate

“This gothic thriller cheekily transports readers to a bygone era by drawing heavily upon classic horror movies and literature, utilizing highly stylized language, tropes, and dated gender roles while generating conversation regarding contemporary issues of consent, agency, domestic abuse, and gaslighting. The author contextualizes the self-sabotage that perpetuates toxic relationships, and fans of the author’s film The Love Witch (2016) will enjoy this gothic novel.”
Booklist

“Biller flexes her mastery of pastiche, vividly sumptuous detail, and the subversion of classic female archetypes. In this, her first novel, a tale that begins in the style of gothic romance turns legitimately terrifying, rooted in the all too real fear of sociopathic male violence.”
—Rufus Hickok, BUST

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