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Creatures of Want & Ruin

(2018)
(The second book in the Creatures series)
A novel by

 
 
"Profound and enthralling. This book is a delicate dream, mixing its own internal mythology with a brutal tale of prejudice and human frailty. I can't recommend it enough. Tanzer is absolutely one to watch."
- Seanan McGuire, bestselling, award-winning author of In an Absent Dream

Amityville baywoman Ellie West fishes by day and bootlegs moonshine by night. It's dangerous work under Prohibition - independent operators like her are despised by federal agents and mobsters alike - but Ellie's brother was accepted to college and Ellie's desperate to see him go. So desperate that when wealthy strangers ask her to procure libations for an extravagant party Ellie sells them everything she has, including some booze she acquired under unusual circumstances.

What Ellie doesn't know is that this booze is special. Distilled from foul mushrooms by a cult of diabolists, those who drink it see terrible things - like the destruction of Long Island in fire and flood. The cult is masquerading as a church promising salvation through temperance and a return to "the good old days," so it's hard for Ellie to take a stand against them, especially when her father joins, but Ellie loves Long Island, and she loves her family, and she'll do whatever it takes to ensure neither is torn apart.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Molly Tanzer's Creatures of Want and Ruin is a novel brimming with desire. Desires of the flesh. Desires of the soul. Desire for destruction. Though the demons threatening Prohibition-era Long Island are alien and capricious, the more horrifying evils here are the perils of xenophobia and bigotry. Timely, riveting, and weird in all the right ways, this book is full on diabolical!" - Bryan Camp

"The writing in Molly Tanzer's Creatures of Want and Ruin is so smooth you don't notice it past the first word. The story telling takes over and you just want more of Ellie West and the denizens of her world, the dead-on 1920s Long Island historical setting, the Great South Bay, the apocalyptic religious cult, the strangeness, until the end and there's no more story to go. A wonderfully engaging read!" - Jeffrey Ford

"Once again Molly Tanzer demonstrates a bootlegger's knack for transforming glorious pulpy material into human spirit. Creatures of Want and Ruin is a riveting two-fisted weird pulp adventure with demons, smuggling, sex, archery, cults, and crime that doesn't shrink from carving its predecessors open to poke around in their guts. Great fun!" - Max Gladstone

"Molly Tanzer writes human darkness, intimacy, and joy with equal skill and fervor. Her characters blaze with life, straining against the bonds of society. Creatures of Want and Ruin is horrific fantasy that races along at a breathless clip, with family drama as the revving engine. If you haven't read Molly Tanzer yet, this is the perfect time to start!" - Christopher Golden

"Profound and enthralling. This book is a delicate dream, mixing its own internal mythology with a brutal tale of prejudice and human frailty. I can’t recommend it enough. Tanzer is absolutely one to watch." - Seanan McGuire

"Creatures of Will and Temper was my favorite fantasy of 2017, and sequel Creatures of Want and Ruin is even better--a perfect Prohibition-Era cocktail of bootleggers, demons, and high society that will leave you shaken and stirred." - Tim Pratt


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Paperback Editions

November 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Creatures of Want and Ruin (The Diabolist's Library)
Author(s): Molly Tanzer
ISBN: 1-328-71025-4 / 978-1-328-71025-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Joseph Adams Books Paper
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November 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Creatures of Want and Ruin
Author(s): Molly Tanzer
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November 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Creatures of Want and Ruin
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Kindle Editions

November 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Creatures of Want and Ruin (The Diabolist's Library)
Author(s): Molly Tanzer
Publisher: Mariner Books
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