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Jason Hrivnak
Mutilation Song



Thomas hears voices, the most prominent of which is that of a demon called Dinn. The demon re-frames Thomas’ declining mental health as a kind of nightmarish adventure, an opportunity to leave behind the world that he has known and join the forces of hell. When Thomas takes the demon at his word, applying himself to his so-called training, he finds himself being called upon to perform unspeakable acts. But Dinn has painted the world in such dark, forbidding colours that soon Thomas lacks both the will and the means to seek the help he so desperately needs.


Praise for Jason Hrivnak's The Plight House:

“Hrivnak succinctly posits a triple-barrelled theme: grief bound tightly with innocence and guilt . . . [He] is an elegant and often incisive prose stylist, skilled at image-making and intent on exploring difficult questions of personal and societal responsibility.” —The Globe and Mail

“First Rule of The Plight House: everyone talk about The Plight House. Hrivnak writes like a crazy angel in this addictive, astonishing debut.”
—Lynn Crosbie, author of Where Did You Sleep Last Night and Life is About Losing Everything


Genre: Fiction—Literary Horror
Length: 198 pages (ms)
Publication Date: September 2018

North America English rights, ChiZine Publications

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Author Name
Born and raised in Toronto, JASON HRIVNAK studied literature at Queen’s University and publishing at Humber College. He has worked in the Canadian book industry for more than a decade, most recently in marketing and sales. His first novel, The Plight House, was published by Pedlar Press in 2009, earning praise from readers of both horror and literary fiction. Highlights include a shortlist nomination for the ReLit Award and inclusion on Dennis Cooper’s web-showcase “Three books I recently read and loved.” A Japanese article and excerpt appeared in English Journal 10 (Oct. 2015), translation by Motoyuki Shibata. A French edition of the novel will be will be published by Éditions de l’Ogre in January 2017, translation by Claro. Mutilation Song is his second novel. Early work on the project was supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s Writers’ Reserve Program. An excerpt, titled “The Novice”, appeared in the 2016 edition of the Tokyo-based annual Monkey Business.