by Jason Hrivnak | :: Jump to Buy Links ::
Thomas hears voices, and the worst of these voices belongs to a demon called Dinn.
In a series of increasingly horrific rants, the demon re-frames Thomas’s declining mental health as a part of a secret training program, an occult procedure designed to cultivate the demons of tomorrow.
In the distorted world depicted by Dinn, gateways to hell lie behind every door. Friends and family are the enemy. And the only way for Thomas to survive his training is to dedicate himself to the demon’s prescribed rituals of loneliness, ill health, and pain.
Equal parts ferocious and seductive, Mutilation Song is a boundary-shattering horror novel that uses a hallucinatory narrator to explore the extremes of mental illness.
Praise for Jason Hrivnak
“Dinn’s powers are immense, and when he enumerates them in the ear of Thomas, his ‘apprentice demon,’ the most blasé of readers cannot repress a shiver. . . . Jason Hrivnak, who, with The Plight House, made a masterful entry into the literature of malaise, now gives us this new Song added to hell, this poetical call to damnation.”
—Alain Nicolas, L’Humanité
“The almost clinical language in which these hallucinatory states are described . . . at the same time holds a subterranean current . . . the idea that there is, despite all, a space of purity, or in any case incorruptibility, of the human soul. It’s this delicate seed that the demon aims to suppress, to annihilate, to reduce utterly to ashes. And that, yet, is omnipresent.”
—Nikola Delescluse, Paludes, Radio Campus Lille
“A new trap, this is what Jason Hrivnak proposes in Mutilation Song. . . . A fabulous nightmare of hypnotic logorrhea, strewn with visions worthy of a Clive Barker on acid.”
—Nicolas Winter, Just a Word
“Dazzling and suffocating, this violent plunge into the demonism of schizophrenia opens an entire world-in-a-book, a labyrinth of shifting voices, of truths to be deciphered. . . . A truly great novel.”
“Profoundly disturbing and resolutely magnificent.”
—Hugues Robert, Librairie Charybde
—Tony Burgess, author of Pontypool Changes Everything and People Live Still in Cashtown Corners
“Reading like the occult love child of Georges Bataille and David Lynch, Hrivnak’s Mutilation Song is an unnerving and surreal meditation on the demons that haunt us and on the nature(s) of evil. Compelling and unsettling, and definitely worth the read.”
—Brian Evenson, author of Last Days
“Lyrical and hallucinatory, Jason Hrivnak’s Mutilation Song is a sensual atrocity, like The Screwtape Letters for demonomaniacs. Imagine the unholy daisy-chain of C.S. Lewis, J.G. Ballard, and Bret Easton Ellis and you have Mutilation Song.”
—Bracken MacLeod, author of Come to Dust and 13 Views of the Suicide Woods
“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?