Reluctant Immortals

Available Now
from Simon and Schuster and Amazon

The UK edition available now
from Titan Books

The audiobook narrated by Carlotta Brentan available now
from Simon and Schuster Audio

For fans of Mexican Gothic, from three-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author Gwendolyn Kiste comes a novel inspired by the untold stories of forgotten women in classic literature--from Lucy Westenra, a victim of Stoker's Dracula, and Bertha Mason, Mr. Rochester's attic-bound wife in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre--as they band together to combat the toxic men bent on destroying their lives, set against the backdrop of the Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, 1967.

Reluctant Immortals is a historical horror novel that looks at two men of classic literature, Dracula and Mr. Rochester, and the two women who survived them, Bertha and Lucy, who are now undead immortals residing in Los Angeles in 1967 when Dracula and Rochester make a shocking return in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.

Combining elements of historical and gothic fiction with a modern perspective, in a tale of love and betrayal and coercion, Reluctant Immortals is the lyrical and harrowing journey of two women from classic literature as they bravely claim their own destiny in a man's world.

"Fans of Gothic horror with a literary twist will be delighted." -- Booklist

"This book will sink its teeth into you." -- Stephen Graham Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians and My Heart Is a Chainsaw

"This fast-paced and fun adventure honors its beloved source material and manages to insert something unique into the conversation. An ode to forgotten women everywhere, a tale where every detail satisfyingly matters as readers rush to the emotional conclusion... (Kiste's) first book from a major publishing house brings her award-winning, feminism-fueled horror to more readers." -- Library Journal

"There's something really magical about Kiste's prose that really pulls you in from the first sentence... Kiste is a master of ripping up much loved tropes and classic cliches and making something really new out of them." -- S.J. Budd of Come and Behold My Dark World

"Reluctant Immortals is a kaleidoscopic, rot-fueled joy to read--the Stoker and Bronte sequels I never knew I needed."-- Dawn Kurtagich, author of The Dead House and Teeth in the Mist

"[A] horror story with bite and heart, conjuring an engrossing novel that I devoured, unable to put it down... I loved every page." -- Lisa Kroger, co-author of the Bram Stoker- and Locus-award winning Monster, She Wrote

"A sharp, feminist reclaiming of the Gothic narrative and classic horror tropes... The perfect blend of darkness and dark humor - by turns biting, heartbreaking, and uplifting." -- A.C. Wise, author of Wendy Darling and Hooked

"This story starts with an attention grabber and then runs straight uphill dragging you along for a fantastic ride. Adding to the lives of already well-known and well-written horror characters of classic literature, Ms. Kiste has done a superb job of bringing the girls back to print and adding to their allure." -- Book Review Crew

Lambda Literary Award Winner for Bisexual Fiction

Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel

Dragon Award Nominee for Best Horror Novel

Featured in Esquire's The 22 Best Horror Books of 2022 and Harper's Bazaar's The 15 Best Books for Spooky Season!

Highlighted as part of Goodreads' recent horror articles New Gothic Tales from the Past Four Years and Scary Reading Recommendations Based on Classic Horror Novels!

Featured as a favorite book of the year at Horror Spotlight, Flyleaf Books and A.C. Wise's annual roundup, and as a horror book higlight of 2022 at The Lineup!

Spotlighted at Book Riot's Summer Scares: 18 Horror Books That Will Chill You to the Bone This Season and Library Journal's Fear Is Always In Season: Horror Preview 2022!

Recently featured at BookTrib., LMFM, The Lineup, The Rumpus, Off the Shelf (three times!), Library Journal, UNSA, Brit + Co, The San Francisco Standard,, Rue Morgue, Nightfire, Gizmodo, Chicago Review of Books, Signal Horizon, Transfer Orbit, This Is Horror, Distractify, Reading Glasses, BiblioLifestyle's The 21 Most Anticipated Summer 2022 Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Books and The Lineup's 8 Modern LGBTQ+ Horror Authors Revolutionizing the Genre!

Appeared in LitReactor's 10 Horror Books Perfect for Summer, Frolic Media's Perfect Pairings: Books and Horror Shows & Movies, Tor Nightfire's All the Horror Books We're Excited About in 2022, 101 Vampire Book Recs, and SFF180's Anticipated Horror 2022!

Also featured at LitReactor's 2022 Horror You Do Not Want to Miss, Every Book a Doorway's Unmissable Fantasy and Sci-Fi of 2022, and Read by Dusk's 50 Most Anticipated Horror Books of 2022 and 60 New Horror Books for Spooky Season 2022!

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