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Eric Stener Carlson
1918. In the dying days of World War I, the Spanish Flu devastates the small town of Incarnation, Texas. The sheriff closes the church and quarantines the dying in the schoolhouse. The townsfolk huddle alone in their houses to avoid infection. Each new day brings fresh corpses.
But something worse than the flu is coming.
Verge Strömberg, son of the domineering town pastor, is a sickly boy who lives in a world of books. His mother disappeared when he was seven, his older brother ran away. Now his father leaves him to tend a church in another county.
That’s when the Muladona begins to visit him.
Every night, the Muladona, a doomed soul transformed into the Devil’s mule, visits Verge and forces him to listen to a horrific tale. Each night, as Verge huddles under his bed sheets, the monster’s supernatural tales tear his soul apart.
Verge’s search for the demonic creature’s true identity leads him through the dark history of Incarnation, from the murder of the Indians by the Spanish settlers, to the disappearance of his mother.
In the end, Verge will have to confront the Muladona alone to rescue the memory of his mother and to save his immortal soul.
Eric Stener Carlson (Virginia, Minnesota, 1969) is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Having spent more than half his life abroad—in Latin America, Asia, Australia and Europe—he is fascinated by legends about the nature of the soul and the struggle between good and evil. His first novel, The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires, was published in 2009 by Tartarus. He is also the author of I Remember Julia: Voices of the Disappeared, Temple University, 1996, and The Pear Tree: Is Torture ever Justified?, Clarity Press, 2006. His short stories and articles have appeared in magazines and collections in Argentina, the United States, the United Kingdom, Romania and Spain. Carlson currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland.
See also, The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires by Eric Stener Carlson
'Carlson makes Vergil's increasing sense of helplessness as each is told seem palpable and believable. This book will appeal to readers who believe that childhood fears are often the most potent.' Publishers Weekly
'I really liked this book. It took on the tropes of horror and folklore and used them to throw light on very real and human evil.' Tennant at Black Static
'Muladona’s story-within-a-framework structure recalls the Decameron of Boccaccio, though the dark tone is more reminiscent of Dante. It’s a dense tangle of cruelty, anguish, intrigue and history run riot that would be worthy of Borges himself.' Whistlingshade
'Muladona is original, fresh, and above all, it is a thinking person's horror novel ... well thought out and intelligently written ... Highly, highly recommended for readers who enjoy the work of excellent writers and for people who like their horror novels more on the cerebral side. This is a good one, folks.' Oddly Weird Fiction
'Carlson captures the terror of an almost-remembered nightmare, juxtaposing the familiar and the strange with ease.' Rick Kleffel at KQED
'...a brilliant work of American Gothic supernatural horror.' David Longhorn, Supernatural Tales
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