Tell Me I'm Worthless (Paperback)Alison Rumfitt (author)
A multi-layered, extremely graphic horror novel that tackles themes of trans identity and the rise of fascism, Tell Me I'm Worthless traces the paths of three young women and the night in an abandoned house that has left them emotionally and physically scarred.
Three years ago, Alice spent one night in an abandoned house with her friends Ila and Hannah. Since then, things have not been going well. Alice is living a haunted existence, selling videos of herself cleaning for money, drinking herself to sleep. She hasn't spoken to Ila since they went into the House. She hasn't seen Hannah either.
Memories of that night torment her mind and her flesh, but when Ila asks her to return to the House, past the KEEP OUT sign, over the sick earth where teenagers dare each other to venture, she knows she must go. Together Alice and Ila must face the horrifying occurrences that happened there, must pull themselves apart from the inside out, put their differences aside, and try to rescue Hannah, who the House has chosen to make its own.
Cutting, disruptive, and darkly funny, Tell Me I'm Worthless is a vital work of trans fiction that confronts both supernatural and real-world horrors as it examines the devastating effects of trauma and the way fascism makes us destroy ourselves and each other.
Publisher: Cipher Press
Number of pages: 1
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Punk in every sense of the word, this is a debut unlike anything you've read before. Tell Me I'm Worthless builds a thoroughly British haunted house, and terrorises its readers inside; Rumfitt's horrifying talent shrieks out from every page and rings in your ears for days.' - Eliza Clark, author of Boy Parts
'A sharp and visceral novel which bend the horror genre to its will. Tell Me I'm Worthless holds a gruesome mirror up to the way it feels to live now. I absolutely tore through this book' - Julia Armfield, author of Our Wives Under the Sea
'Rumfitt's is an important book, as transgressive and trans as they come. This is the sort of literature we haven't seen in the UK for too long, if not ever' - Isabel Waidner, author of Sterling Karat Gold
'Gripping, unsettling, compulsive, spicy, and, in the end, deeply moving. I loved it.' - Molly Smith, co-author of Revolting Prostitutes
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