Sundial is a new, twisty psychological horror novel from Catriona Ward, author of The Last House on Needless Street.

“The new face of literary dark fiction.” —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

You can’t escape what’s in your blood…

All Rob wanted was a normal life. She almost got it, too: a husband, two kids, a nice house in the suburbs. Far from her childhood home, Sundial, hidden deep in the wild Mojave Desert.

But beneath the veneer, Rob is terrified for her oldest daughter, Callie, who collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends. Rob sees a darkness in Callie, one that reminds her too much of the family she left behind.

Running from her past has led her directly back to it — what’s buried at Sundial could never stay a secret forever, and Rob must risk one last trip out there to protect her family, and her future.

“A true nerve-shredder that keeps its mind-blowing secrets to the very end.” —Stephen King on The Last House on Needless Street

Cover art by Corey Brickley
Cover design by Katie Klimowicz


CATRIONA WARD was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She studied English at the University of Oxford and later earned her master’s degree in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Ward won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel for her debut, The Girl from Rawblood, and again for Little Eve, making her the first woman to win the prize twice. Little Eve also won the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, and will be published by Nightfire.


Praise for The Last House on Needless Street

“Sensational….I can’t recall another novel in recent years that dares so much and succeeds so wildly.” —A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“Brilliant. Breathtaking. Terrifying. A masterpiece to read at your own peril.” ―Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger

“A brutal, twisty, puzzle box of a book. I stayed up way past my bedtime.” —T. Kingfisher, author of The Hollow Places

 “A chilling and beautiful masterpiece of suspense… I was completely enthralled.” —Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman

“A risky, gleeful descent into a house without windows or doors. It’s a must-read for horror fans.” ―Sarah Langan, author of Good Neighbors

“A perfect horror novel, but not in the way you expect. It’s stunningly good.”  —Alex North, author of The Whisper Man

“A stunning and immersive tale of psychological horror.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“Dark and creepy, sad and wonderfully strange. It kept me glued and guessing right up to the end—I loved every inch of it.” Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy

“This masterful horror novel packs an emotional wallop that lingers.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“One perfect sentence after the other… I’m thrilled that Ward pulled off this trick of a book.” —Rachel Howzell Hall, author of And Now She’s Gone

“A breathtakingly ambitious book, gorgeously written, and never once shies away from showing you its fangs and its beautiful, blood-filled heart.” —Paul Tremblay, author of Survivor Song


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