Hello, dear readers and friends. If you checked up on this page at any time in 2022 you probably wondered if I had fallen off the face of the earth. The answer: kinda?
If you follow me on any social media channels you may have seen from my intermittent posting there that I’ve been dealing with an ongoing, undiagnosed illness since late 2020 that occasionally prevents me from doing anything at all. While my condition is still undiagnosed and I continue to have issues, I’ve now got some medication that helps with some aspects of my illness and makes life a little more bearable. It also makes me more functional so I’m hoping to return to in-person events this year – more info on that to come!
I did sign a contract for two new books to be published with Berkley/Penguin Random House – GOOD GIRLS DON’T DIE, which will be out in November of 2023, and BRIGHT HORSES, which will be out some time next year. GOOD GIRLS DON’T DIE is in the copyediting stage, and BRIGHT HORSES has been sent to my editor for revisions. When I have cover info and preorder links I’ll share those here and on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
Happy new year! I know 2020 was a tough one for everyone but we made it through. Unfortunately the pandemic stopped all appearances after March so I wasn’t able to see as many of you as I would have liked. I’m particularly sorry that my UK tour didn’t go off as planned but I hope to try again when it’s safe for everyone to gather and travel.
I had two books out last year – Looking Glass, a collection of novellas set in the world of The Chronicles of Alice, and The Ghost Tree, a stand-alone coming-of-age horror novel. If you missed either book you can find more information and order links here for Looking Glass and here for The Ghost Tree.
I’m very excited about my upcoming 2021 releases, Near the Bone and Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow. You can find more information, covers for Near the Bone (covers for Horseman to come) and preorder links where available below.
I hope that 2021 will be a good year for all of us, and I wish you health and happy reading.
A woman trapped on a mountain attempts to survive more than one kind
of monster, in a dread-inducing horror novel from the national
bestselling author Christina Henry.
“Mattie can’t remember a time before she and William lived alone on a mountain together. She must never make him upset. But when Mattie discovers the mutilated body of a fox in the woods, she realizes that they’re not alone after all.
There’s something in the woods that wasn’t there before, something that makes strange cries in the night, something with sharp teeth and claws.
When three strangers appear on the mountaintop looking for the creature in the woods, Mattie knows their presence will anger William. Terrible things happen when William is angry.”
Covers and preorder links for HORSEMAN are not yet widely available – so far there is just this Amazon link, but I will add more information as it goes up on various sites. You can check out the back cover copy below:
In this atmospheric, terrifying novel that draws strongly from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the author of Alice and The Girl in Red works her trademark magic, spinning an engaging and frightening new story from a classic tale.
Everyone in Sleepy Hollow knows about the Horseman, but no one really believes in him. Not even Ben Van Brunt’s grandfather, Brom Bones, who was there when it was said the Horseman chased the upstart Crane out of town. Brom says that’s just legend, the village gossips talking.
Twenty years after those storied events, the village is a quiet place. Fourteen-year-old Ben loves to play “Sleepy Hollow boys,” reenacting the events Brom once lived through. But then Ben and a friend stumble across the headless body of a child in the woods near the village, and the sinister discovery makes Ben question everything the adults in Sleepy Hollow have ever said.
Could the Horseman be real after all? Or does something even more sinister stalk the woods?
Some quick release news for all of you – LOOKING GLASS, the final volume in The Chronicles of Alice, is now available! If you haven’t been able to get out to your local bookstore because of shelter-in-place orders, now is a great time to browse your local shop and pick up a few books. If they don’t have a copy of LOOKING GLASS in stock they can always order it for you.
Many local businesses have been hard hit by COVID-related lockdowns and bookstores need your support more than ever.
If you don’t have a local shop in your area a great alternative is Bookshop.org. Books ship directly from the distributor and the profits are distributed to local bookstores. You can check out their mission statement here.
In other news, the release date for THE GHOST TREE has been moved up to September 8, 2020. I’m so excited for all of you to read this book, which is very close to my heart. More information about THE GHOST TREE can be found here.
I’m extremely sorry that my U.K. tour for LOOKING GLASS with Tim Lebbon was cancelled due to the COVID epidemic. I hope to see all of you in the future.
When I completed
the writing of RED QUEEN in 2015 I thought I was finished with Alice and
Hatcher’s story. Alice and Hatcher would go on into the wilds of your
imagination. Their story would continue but it would remain unwritten.
Then, last year,
I heard a strange voice in my head, someone crying out – “Don’t do that, sister
Sister of Alice, I thought. Who on earth is this sister of Alice?
Most of my
stories begin with a question that I want to answer, so I wrote a story so I
could find out about this sister of Alice.
And that got me wondering about what Alice and Hatcher were doing, so I
wrote two stories about their continuing adventures. Writing about Hatcher
prompted me to wonder about young Hatcher and his life before Alice, so I wrote
a story about that, too.
This collection was a labor of love, a last visit with two characters that have meant so much to me. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I’ve loved writing it.
You can find more information on each story below, as well as the GORGEOUS U.S. and U.K. covers and preorder links.
In four new novellas, Christina Henry returns to the world of Alice and Red Queen, where magic runs as freely as secrets and blood.
Lovely Creature In
the New City lives a girl with a secret: Elizabeth can do magic. But
someone knows her secret–someone who has a secret of his own. That
secret is a butterfly that lives in a jar, a butterfly that was supposed
to be gone forever, a butterfly that used to be called the
Girl in Amber Alice and Hatcher
are just looking for a place to rest. Alice has been dreaming of a
cottage by a lake and a field of wildflowers, but while walking blind in
a snowstorm she stumbles into a house that only seems empty and
When I First Came to Town Hatcher
wasn’t always Hatcher. Once, he was a boy called Nicholas, and Nicholas
fancied himself the best fighter in the Old City. No matter who fought
him he always won. Then his boss tells him he’s going to battle the
fearsome Grinder, a man who never leaves his opponents alive…
The Mercy Seat There is a place hidden in the mountains, where all the people hate and fear magic and Magicians. It is the Village of the Pure, and though Alice and Hatcher would do anything to avoid it, it lies directly in their path…