The Butcher of the Forest (Paperback)

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The Butcher of the Forest (Paperback)

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A horror-tinged fantasy novella about a nightmarish forest and a woman desperate to save two children lost inside. The tension remains high throughout the entire story, with a conclusion you won't forget. Perfect to read in one sitting.

— RJ

"A perfect mix of horror and fantasy."—The New York Times

“The Butcher of the Forest” shows exactly why Mohamed is one of fantasy’s rising stars."—The Washington Post

"The Grimm brothers can’t hold a candle to Premee Mohamed and her fever dream of a fantasy novella."—Polygon


A world-weary woman races against the clock to survive a deadly forest in this dark, otherworldly fairytale from Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author Premee Mohamed.

At the northern edge of a land ruled by a merciless foreign tyrant lies a wild, forbidden forest ruled by powerful magic.

Veris Thorn—the only one to ever enter the forest and survive—is forced to go back inside to retrieve the tyrant's missing children. Inside await traps and trickery, ancient monsters, and hauntings of the past.

One day is all Veris is afforded. One misstep will cost everything.

Premee Mohamed is a multiple award-nominated Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is an Assistant Editor at the short fiction audio venue Escape Pod and the author of the 'Beneath the Rising' series and other works.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250881786
ISBN-10: 1250881781
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: February 27th, 2024
Pages: 160
Language: English

"Fast-paced, tense, fantastical and uncanny, “The Butcher of the Forest” is a perfect mix of horror and fantasy. The perilous dimension hidden inside the forest is full of wicked shape-shifting beings, undead deer and other monstrosities, but it’s Mohamed’s beautiful prose and endearing characters that make this a powerful story."—The New York Times

"Mohamed excels at telling the stories of ordinary people trapped by dark forces, and she infuses these characters with astounding tenderness and compassion. “The Butcher of the Forest” shows exactly why Mohamed is one of fantasy’s rising stars."—The Washington Post

"The Grimm brothers can’t hold a candle to Premee Mohamed and her fever dream of a fantasy novella."—Polygon

Woven with the dark and dreamlike intricacy of a medieval tapestry, this novella implicates the reader as an accomplice in its monstrosity. It’s exactly the kind of punishment we as readers deserve.”—Hiron Ennes

"Nothing in nature matches the uncannily sweet murdermirth of Premee Mohamed. She will show you yearning in a scrap of cheese or the whole world in the rules of a game. This book is bigger inside than out... by a large margin."—Meg Elison, winner of the Locus Award

"Hansel and Gretel meet Annihilation in Premee Mohamed's The Butcher of the Forest, a fairytale that shifts into a meditation on war and grief, one that asks questions about who is innocent and who is complicit in oppression. Come for the eldritch monsters; stay, as always, for Mohamed's critiques of power."—S. Qiouyi Lu

"An enchanting, bite-sized adventure. . . . Readers will be rapt."—Publishers Weekly

"Recommended for readers of magical-bargain and forest-journey novels, such as Emily Tesh’s “Greenhollow” duology and Peter S. Beagle’s The Way Home."—Library Journal