Nothing But Blackened Teeth

Cassandra Khaw’s Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists.

A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company.

It’s the perfect venue for a group of thrill-seeking friends, brought back together to celebrate a wedding.

A night of food, drinks, and games quickly spirals into a nightmare as secrets get dragged out and relationships are tested.

But the house has secrets too. Lurking in the shadows is the ghost bride with a black smile and a hungry heart.

And she gets lonely down there in the dirt.

Effortlessly taking the classic haunted house story and turning it on its head, Nothing but Blackened Teeth is a sharp and devastating exploration of grief, the parasitic nature of relationships, and the consequences of our actions.

Cover art by Samuel Araya
Cover design by Peter Lutjen


CASSANDRA KHAW is an award-winning game writer, and former scriptwriter at Ubisoft Montreal. Khaw’s work can be found in places like Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. Khaw’s first original novella, Hammers on Bone, was a British Fantasy award and Locus award finalist, and their forthcoming novella, Nothing But Blackened Teeth, will be published by Nightfire in October 2021.


Praise for Nothing But Blackened Teeth

Beautiful and brutal and heartbroken. Absolutely recommended.” —Seanan McGuireNew York Times bestselling author of Every Heart a Doorway

“Brutally delicious! Khaw is a master of teasing your senses, and then terrorizing them!” —N.K. JemisinNew York Times bestselling author of The Fifth Season

“Delicate and disgusting…Each page holds an image more finely drawn and disturbing than the last.” —T. Kingfisher, author of The Twisted Ones

“This book burns and crackles and slithers, its prose as beautiful and deadly as its horror. Cassandra Khaw is a master of the terrifying tale.” —Sam J Miller, Nebula-Award-winning author of Blackfish City

Nothing But Blackened Teeth reads like the ghost-punk noir you never knew you needed. It’s sharp, playful, and nasty as hell.” —Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts

 “Khaw’s got a sterling premise, enduring lore, and the fresh talent to voice it.” —Josh MalermanNew York Times bestselling author of Bird Box

“This is Hill House for this century, this is Belasco House with people we’ve known since third grade, and it’s got a smile so wicked you might just have to grin along with it. I know I did.” —Stephen Graham JonesUSA Today bestselling author of The Only Good Indians

“Reading Cassandra Khaw is akin to watching a nightmare ballet, full of beauty and elegance, pain and fragility, and breathless terror. Nothing but Blackened Teeth is mesmerizing. Don’t miss it!” —Christopher GoldenNew York Times bestselling author of Red Hands

“Khaw’s tale seems to come at you straight, setting up your story expectations, but then twists the knife at the last minute, leaving you reeling, but wanting more.” —Richard KadreyNew York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series

“Khaw is a prose wizard who has quickly become an auto-buy for me. This story of a wedding at a malevolent manor is as unexpected and delightful as her poetic approach to horror, and I loved every sharp, delicious twist of it.” —Kevin HearneNew York Times bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles

“Compulsively readable….This was a wonderful haunted-house story.” —Kij Johnson, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards

“This book is so magnificently rotten it writhes with literary maggots, and deserves a place of honor among its peers in horror.” —C. S. E. Cooney, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Bone Swans: Stories

“The kind of story you lose sleep over.” —Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World


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