Right before meeting her girlfriend Amber’s parents for the first
time, the unnamed narrator of Helen House learns that she and
her partner share a similar trauma: both of their sisters are dead.
As the narrator wonders what else Amber has been hiding, she
struggles with her own secret–using sex as a coping mechanism–as
well as confusion and guilt over whether she really cares about
Amber, or if she’s only using her for sex. When they arrive at the
parents’ rural upstate home, a quaint but awkward first meeting
unravels into a nightmare in which the narrator finds herself
stranded in a family’s decades-long mourning ritual. At turns
terrifying and erotic, Helen House is a queer ghost story
about trauma and grief.
illustrations by Kira Gondeck-Silvia.