The False Sister

Briar Ripley Page

Illustrated by Sadia Bies

Knight Errant Press



ISBN: 9781999671372


Publication date: 10 August 2023

Rights: World EnglishUK & CommonwealthUK & Ireland



It’s 1994, and Jesse Greer’s troubled older sister, Crys, has run away from home. Shy, socially awkward Jesse assumes that she has returned to her old haunts in the big city — until he discovers Crys’ remains in the woods behind his family’s house. Traumatised, Jesse runs to his parents for help, only to find that Crys has returned home, alive.

Imagine if Shirley Jackson was a little imp who lived in a hole in a tree.

With The False Sister, Briar Ripley Page cuts a path forward for queer horror, linking our nightmarish cultural moment to timeless anxieties concerning disembodiment, the agency of children, and disability. As humane and moving as it is unnerving.

– Gretchen Felker-Martin (Manhunt, 2022)

The False Sister is a quiet dark gem of small-town horror: grim but filled with a resounding emotion you can’t help but feel in your gut.

– Eris Young, author of Ace Voices

With great clarity and precision Briar Ripley Page summons the quiet horror of small town adolescence, and the fear we feel growing up not fully understanding ourselves, or the world around us. Perfect for fans of Eric LaRocca, Angela Carter, and The X-Files.

– Alex Thornber, Book Talk

Briar Ripley Page

Briar Ripley Page is the author of two books for adults: Corrupted Vessels (about a tiny cult) and Body After Body (erotic dystopian horror). He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and made the Brave New Weird award shortlist in 2022.