Books by Alana I. Capria
Hooks and Slaughterhouse
A spooky journey of hungry hooks, bodily fluids, and more familiar myths.
“Once upon a hollowed out moon, my liver withers…”
The Bloodless girl is haunted by confusing memories of her cannibalistic worm mother. Did the Bloodless girl bury her worm mother in salt? Where have all the worm siblings gone? And how did the Bloodless girl end up on a curving rural road that leads to nowhere and everywhere? The Bloodless girl can’t remember. All she knows is that dust fills her arteries and the worm mother is gone. Accompanied by a skeletal pumpkin and devil tree, the Bloodless girl journeys through the New Jersey backwoods in search of a hilltop slaughterhouse that is the key to regaining her blood and learning the truth about the worm mother’s disappearance.
Illustrations by Rita Okusako.
Wrapped in Red
A young woman’s organs plot a slow and torturous cannibalization of her body. Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel poison their bodies with gardens worth of parsley while devouring their many princely suitors. Lilith and Eve usurp Adam’s throne in Eden. An anthropomorphic uterus withers as it travels through a rotten landscape of spoiled deserts and collapsed streets. A woman makes a home in the confines of a small room while refusing to allow her spouse inside.
Throughout the stories in Wrapped in Red flesh starves and is consumed, reddens and collapses, all while clamoring through putrid forests and dilapidated factories. The bodies might be beautiful but that doesn’t mean they aren’t killers.