Mutilation Song

Mutilation Song

by Jason Hrivnak
  • from-ontario
  • horror
  • literary

Mutilation Song delves into the extremes of mental illness by using a hallucinatory nemesis as narrator to horrifying and heartbreaking effect — Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves and Joyce Carol Oates’ Zombie meet The Evil Dead in this incredible, exquisite nightmare of a novel.

Thomas hears voices, the most prominent of which is that of a demon called Dinn. The demon re-frames Thomas’ declining mental health as a kind of nightmarish adventure, an opportunity to leave behind the world that he has known and join the forces of hell. When Thomas takes the demon at his word, applying himself to his so-called training, he finds himself being called upon to perform unspeakable acts. But Dinn has painted the world in such dark, forbidding colours that soon Thomas lacks both the will and the means to seek the help he so desperately needs.


Jason Hrivnak, author

Born and raised in Toronto, Jason Hrivnak studied literature at Queen’s University and publishing at Humber College. He has worked in the Canadian book industry for more than a decade, most recently in marketing and sales. His first novel The Plight House was published by Pedlar Press in 2009, earning praise from readers of both horror and literary fiction. Highlights include a shortlist nomination for the ReLit Award and inclusion on Dennis Cooper’s web showcase “Three books I recently read and loved.” A Japanese article and excerpt appeared in English Journal 10 (Oct. 2015), translation by Motoyuki Shibata. Mutilation Song is his second novel. Early work on the project was supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s Writers’ Reserve Program. An excerpt, titled “The Novice”, appeared in the 2016 edition of the Tokyo-based annual Monkey Business.

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Cooke International



rights sold: North America English (ChiZine Publications), French (World, Editions L’Ogre)

rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 198

publication date: 09/01/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: complete manuscript