Marko Hautala – The Black Tongue

Maisa Riipinen has returned to her hometown to complete her dissertation on urban folklore at the same time that Samuel Autio has come home to arrange his father’s funeral. As hazy, disturbing memories from their pasts meld with strange events in the present, Maisa and Samuel attempt to make sense of the town’s fearful obsession with the mythical Granny Hatchet. But if it’s only a legend, then why are people still vanishing without a trace?


”I LOVED this. So creepy and beautifully written.” – Kirsty Logan, author of The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales and The Gracekeepers.

”I was utterly pulled into this story and shocked at how it all came together. This is definitely an author to keep an eye on.” – 2 Book Lovers blog.

“The character of Granny Hatchet carries such a chill that the temperature in the pit of a reader’s stomach seems to go down a few degrees.”
– Helsingin Sanomat
newspaper, Finland

“Hautala is a trailblazer who has elevated Finnish horror to a new level.”
– Turun sanomat newspaper, Finland

”The Black Tongue ended up being much weirder and scarier than I was expecting.” – A Bookish Type blog

”Suspenseful and well-written, The Black Tongue is a thoughtful coming-of-age story set in a small town on the coast of Finland. Hautala deftly moves between past and present, exploring the intersection between characters’ lives and myth and reality (…) It’s a genre-bending ”literary horror” or ”literary thriller” work, which contributed to my enjoyment.”


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