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"… hauntingly lyrical and delightfully strange .... highly original in tone, concept, and execution .... visceral and evocative imagery."

- Booklife Prize (Publisher's Weekly)

Finalist in the 2019-20 Australasian Horror Awards

Love meets madness on a 19th century frontier at earth’s end.


He’s been sent to investigate the wreck of a mysterious expedition ship off the wild coast of New Zealand. But the locals are strange, and the explorers driven insane.


There’s one hope he still holds dear, a long-hoped-for reunion with the final survivor, yet that connection proves the most twisted and troubling of all.

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C J Halbard


Author C. J. Halbard lives in Wellington, New Zealand, in a wooden house surrounded by hills and sky.