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Alexis Henderson

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Alexis Henderson is the author of The Year of the Witching and House of Hunger. She is a Goodreads Choice Award finalist. Writing in the horror and fantasy genres, the New York Times has likened Alexis to ‘a modern-day Anne Rice.’

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Alexis Henderson is a Goodreads Choice Award finalist and author of The Year of the Witching and House of Hunger. Her third novel, An Academy for Liars, is forthcoming. The New York Times has likened Alexis to ‘a modern-day Anne Rice’ and she’s received glowing endorsements from authors like Tamora Pierce, Alix E. Harrow and Hannah Whitten, among others.

‘House of Hungers Dickensian plot and gorgeous Victorian steampunk setting make it a pleasure to read. Like a modern-day Anne Rice, Henderson has a gift for creating a world engorged with desire and death.’—The New York Times

‘The Year of the Witching tells a universal, timeless story about women’s power.’—O, the Oprah magazine

Breathlessly paced and dripping with Gothic decadence, Henderson’s second novel (after The Year of the Witching) cements her status as one of horror’s best new voices.’—Publishers Weekly

Alexis enjoys writing dark stories that straddle the hazy boundary between horror and fantasy. Her work balances speculative elements with real world issues and universal themes like grief, class, and questions of identity. She loves immersive stories that enchant, thrill, and subvert expectations. When Alexis isn’t writing, you can find her hanging out with her cats, browsing antique shops, or drinking tea.

‘I’m a dark, speculative fiction author who loves writing stories about complicated, intense, and sometimes violent women. Books often come to me in my dreams.’

Alexis Henderson
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The Year of the Witching
The House of Hunger
An Academy for Liars

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Alexis Henderson

The Year of the Witching

The Year of the Witching

In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.

But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood. Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.

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The House of Hunger

The House of Hunger

Marion Shaw has been raised in the slums, where want and deprivation are all she knows. Despite longing to leave the city and its miseries, she has no real hope of escape until the day she spots a peculiar listing in the newspaper seeking a bloodmaid.

Though she knows little about the far north—where wealthy nobles live in luxury and drink the blood of those in their service—Marion applies to the position. In a matter of days, she finds herself the newest bloodmaid at the notorious House of Hunger. There, Marion is swept into a world of dark debauchery. At the center of it all is Countess Lisavet. The countess, who presides over this hedonistic court, is loved and feared in equal measure. She takes a special interest in Marion. Lisavet is magnetic, and Marion is eager to please her new mistress. But when she discovers that the ancient walls of the House of Hunger hide even older secrets, Marion is thrust into a vicious game of cat and mouse. She’ll need to learn the rules of her new home—and fast—or its halls will soon become her grave.

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An Academy for Liars

An Academy for Liars

Lennon Carter’s life is falling apart.

Then she gets a mysterious phone call inviting her to take the entrance exam for Drayton College, a school of magic hidden in a secret pocket of Savannah. Lennon has been chosen because—like everyone else at the school—she has the innate gift of persuasion, the ability to wield her will like a weapon, using it to control others and, in rare cases, matter itself.

After passing the test, Lennon begins to learn how to master her devastating and unsettling power. But despite persuasion’s heavy toll on her body and mind, she is wholly captivated by her studies, by Drayton’s lush, moss-draped campus, and by her brilliant classmates. But even more captivating is her charismatic adviser, Dante, who both intimidates and enthralls her. As Lennon continues in her studies, her control grows, and she starts to uncover more about the secret world she has entered into, including the disquieting history of Drayton College. She is increasingly disturbed by what she learns, for it seems that the ultimate test is to embrace absolute power without succumbing to corruption... And it’s a test she’s terrified she’s going to fail.

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