White Horse by Erika T. Wurth
January 31, 2023 7:11 AM - Subscribe

White Horse is a gritty, vibrant debut from Erika T. Wurth about an Indigenous woman who must face her past when she discovers a bracelet haunted by her mother’s spirit.

Some people are haunted in more ways than one.

Heavy metal, ripped jeans, Stephen King novels, and the occasional beer at the White Horse have defined urban Indian Kari James’s life so far. But when her cousin Debby finds an old family bracelet that once belonged to Kari’s mother, it inadvertently calls up both her mother’s ghost and a monstrous entity, and her willful ignorance about her past is no longer sustainable…

(blurb from the author's website)
posted by quatsch (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just finished this, and while I have some quibbles, it was a propulsive read and I'd recommend it to horror readers!
posted by quatsch at 7:22 AM on January 31, 2023

I don't read a lot of horror books but I liked this too, partly because I live in Denver and appreciated her reference to real-life places like the hi-dive and the Hornet and the Stanley Hotel. Wurth is actually part of a growing movement of Native American writers in Colorado that includes Stephen Graham Jones, who also writes horror, and David Husk Wanbli Weiden, whose debut crime novel was nominated for an Edgar Award a couple of years back.
posted by Clustercuss at 8:16 AM on February 2, 2023

Clustercuss, that's cool to hear! I wanted to say that it had a great sense of place, but I wouldn't really know because I've never been to Denver. I definitely felt transported, though. I love Stephen Graham Jones and his blurb is one of the things that compelled me to read this, but I'll have to check out Weiden's work as well!
posted by quatsch at 7:29 AM on February 3, 2023

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