The Rust Maidens

The Rust Maidens

Something?s happening to the girls on Denton Street. It?s the summer of 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, and Phoebe Shaw and her best friend Jacqueline have just graduated high school, only to confront an ugly, uncertain future. Across the city, abandoned factories populate the skyline; meanwhile at the shore, one strong spark, and the Cuyahoga River might catch fire. But none of t Something?s happening to the girls on Denton Street. It?s the summer of 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, and Phoeb...

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Title:The Rust Maidens
Author:Gwendolyn Kiste
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:The Rust Maidens
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:252 pages pages

The Rust Maidens Reviews

  • Ann Tamimi
    Jan 07, 2019
    First the cover art totally pulled me in. I can not say enough about that, and yes covers matter. The book, the writing style of this author u really enjoyed. It was a slow intense burn and one which pulled me in to the main character who was this much disliked trouble maker. And w...
  • Nick Cato
    Oct 16, 2018
    A weird, atmospheric, emotional dark fantasy that hits you in the gut. Full review 10/22/18 at thehorrorfictionreview.blogspot.com. ...
  • Amethyst Shadow
    Jan 13, 2019
    This was a really good book. I didn't want to put it down so I probably ended up messing with my sleep schedule... but it was worth it. I think I'll take a nap. ...
  • Bark
    Jan 07, 2019
    ?Pray for the Rust Maidens Even after all these years, those words suck the breath right out of my chest.? After hearing about this book from several book pushing friends, I had a loud niggling feeling that I was going to enjoy this story from the very beginning but I wasn?...
  • Brian Steele
    Dec 20, 2018
    Absolutely stunning ?Rust-Belt Gothic,? a tale of five young women succumbing to a mysterious metamorphosis in 1980?s Cleveland. Wonderfully developed characters and the era expertly set, the novel also has an unnerving quality thread throughout that builds to the end. Not only o...
  • Jeremy Hepler
    Dec 07, 2018
    Tremendous, atmospheric debut novel that I found worthy of the praise it has received. I'm definitely looking forward to Gwendolyn Kiste's next work. ...
  • Sara Tantlinger
    Dec 06, 2018
    The Rust Maidens is easily one of my favorite books I have read this year. Kiste's prose is as beautiful as the overall story she weaves. The whole concept behind the book offers an original idea that I found myself quickly falling into, desperate to know more. Yet, there is familiarit...
  • Red Lace Reviews
    Jan 06, 2019
    Phoebe Shaw and her best friend Jacqueline want nothing more than to escape Denton Street and see more of the world. After graduation, their plans are set in motion, however the symptoms of a strange sickness strike their neighbourhood; something awful that targets young women. Afraid ...
  • Heather
    Nov 26, 2018
    I?m rather amazed that Kiste managed to bring in elements such as government agents, medical doctors, and tourists without ruining the bleak, inexorable horror of the tale. It?s quite impressive. The prose is soaked with the feel of the run-down industrial neighborhood, the founder...
  • Mindi
    Oct 13, 2018
    There's something about Kiste's writing that just speaks to me. Her stories feel so personal and so intimate. It's almost as if you are reading something that you shouldn't because it feels so personal, and yet you need to, because what Kiste is writing is beautiful and profound. It's ...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Nov 10, 2018
    There are books you read and then there are books you feel?ones that get under your skin and become a part of who you are. Gwendolyn Kiste is a writer like that, one who creates stories that live and breathe, and when they shift into strange darkness, you go with them willingly, almo...
  • Renee M. P. T. Kray
    Jan 03, 2019
    The girls of a small street in a small town attract attention in a big way when they literally begin to rust from the inside out. Oozing dirty water instead of blood, they simultaneously become an attraction and a disgrace to their community. Phoebe Shaw, a survivor of those times, is ...
  • Gareth
    Dec 11, 2018
    Butterflies and an old steel mill The Rust Maidens is a dark fantasy novel about the coming of age of a group of girls, of their transformation. It is told through Phoebe as she struggles to save her best friend Jacqueline. We are introduced to Phoebe in the present day, the sto...
  • Becky Spratford
    Oct 02, 2018
    On the blog and in my Reader's Shelf Column in the 10/1/18 issue of Library Journal: http://raforallhorror.blogspot.com/20... Three Words That Describe This Book: unsettlingly beautiful, two time frames, atmospheric From haunted houses to an entire town haunted by a terrifying e...
  • Lauren
    Jan 01, 2019
    The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste is my first read of 2019 and it set the bar pretty high for all subsequent reads! I am not going to rehash the synopsis of this book because there is so much more to the story than the plot. The plot is interesting, don't get me wrong, but the words ...
  • Emily
    Sep 18, 2018
    "You can't stop the girls from becoming what they became." The Rust Maidens is my third Gwendolyn Kiste book this year, and she has crushed it again. I love everything I've read by her, and The Rust Maidens is going to be a must-read for fans when it's released in November. Gwen...
  • S.J. Budd
    Sep 13, 2018
    The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste is an amazing book and you're all in for a treat. I was very excited to have been given an ARC as this is an author who's work I've been avidly following. Initialy she was mostly a short story writer, gracing the pages of Black Static, Lamplight, Int...
  • Suz Jay
    Jul 27, 2018
    I was fortunate to obtain an advance reader copy (ARC) of this novel. As the daughter of a steel worker, I remember the effects of the strikes and layoffs. The heyday and downfall of the steel Industry. The Christmas parties for the children with Santa and movies, where every kid r...
  • Glenn Rolfe
    Nov 14, 2018
    Gwendolyn Kiste isn?t new to the horror scene, but she is new to me. I?d been hearing about this book that was coming out soon, about this writer and how this was her first novel. Kiste has collections and a novella out there (which I will be hunting down), but this ?THE RUST MAI...
  • Kimberly
    Jan 05, 2019
    THE RUST MAIDENS is the first that I have read by author Gwendolyn Kiste. When I found out that this was her debut novel, I was honestly shocked. During the transition from short stories to a FIRST full-length book, I would expect at least a few things to be "less than perfect". In ...
  • Donna Nova
    Jan 05, 2019
    Coming of age like nothing before I love the title. It drew me in and I had to experience it. This is special. An imagination like no other. I refuse to talk about the premise. It moved me. If you read the blurb you know what it's about. I will be reading everything else Ms. Gw...
  • Josh reading
    Jan 12, 2019
    The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste is so much more than I could have expected. The author is able to spin a tale of tragic circumstances and share it with such lyrical effect. This coming of age story set in Cleveland in 1980 tells of the impending closure of the steel mills that were...
  • David Bridges
    Jan 05, 2019
    A dark gothic story about the loss of innocence as well as the decline of the American promise. The Rust Maidens splits between two time periods in Cleveland Ohio, a time period when factories are beginning to close and current dilapidated times. I am always attracted to stories like t...
  • Adam Carter
    Dec 11, 2018
    ?Don't blame the men. They didn't do this.? So. The Rust Maidens. I'm not sure where to begin here. Reading And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe earlier this year confirmed Gwendolyn Kiste as an author to watch, but The Rust Maidens? this cements her as a new favorite. He...
  • Jan Stinchcomb
    Nov 25, 2018
    Typical Gwendolyn Kiste: heartfelt, lyrical horror, this time set in a small town in Ohio in an atmosphere of social and economic decline. The dark corners of female existence are explored and revealed to be more terrifying than people usually allow themselves to admit. This short nove...
  • Diamond Kennedy
    Jan 03, 2019
    I'm so happy to have finally read this book after seeing so much love for Kiste, and she is definitely a wonderful voice in horror! The Rust Maidens is an exceptional take on body horror, from the story being told by someone who isn't the one undergoing the transformation, to the horro...
  • Eddie Generous
    Nov 06, 2018
    Unnerving Magazine Listen to my interview with the author: https://www.unnervingmagazine.com/sin... The imagery was fun and atmospheric. Heavy on emotion over activity in the way voice-over works in film. Fun payoff in the finale and a super fun sickness. ...
  • Tracy Robinson
    Oct 21, 2018
    ?There?s an echo in this house where my childhood used to be.? Just -how freaking perfect is that?!? Kiste takes us to Cleveland, OH in the 1980s, to a small town that is wrapped intertwined with the success and the decline of the local steel mill. And as the mill declines an...
  • Michelle
    Jan 02, 2019
    "We remembered them as quiet, as sweet, as familiar. We didn't remember them as powerful." ___________ "They wanted girls they could punish, not girls they would bury." ___________ Everything about The Rust Maidens tore at my heart. The metaphors, the flat out in your f...
  • Stephen Fiorentini
    Jan 14, 2019
    Gwendolyn Kiste has got to be one of the best new writers out there - period. Her collection from last year stunned readers in the stories that spanned the spectrum of good storytelling and genres. The Rust Maidens is a coming of age tale (sort of) for a group of young females in a t...