Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Worm in Every Heart” as Want to Read:
The Worm in Every Heart
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Worm in Every Heart

by
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  5 reviews
IN THE SHADOWS OF WAR AND HISTORY, THE MIRROR BETWEEN MAN AND MONSTER BREAKS . . . From the haunted hills of Roman Britain to the sewers of occupied Warsaw... in the bloodied streets of Revolutionary Paris, and the anarchy World War II Shanghai... out of the wilds of America, India, Africa and Europe... down the long savage darkness of the centuries, monsters have fed upon ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Prime Books
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Worm in Every Heart, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Worm in Every Heart

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 67)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Julian
Gemma Files wields her language like a scalpel. This collection of horror stories is immaculately constructed. The horror most often comes from very human characters who populate her stories, and not from the terrors that surround them.
Adam Nevill
Reminiscent of Poppy Z Brite, Koja and Kiernan. A multi-sensory, lyrical writer of the grotesque and erotic and the terrible across many periods of history. Impressed.
Kate O'Hanlon
A lot if this wasn't to my interests, but when Files scores she really knocks it out of the park.
Genevra Littlejohn
GORGEOUS. If you can ever find it, buy it, you won't be disappointed.
John Muñoz
John Muñoz marked it as to-read
Jul 08, 2015
Kyle Muntz
Kyle Muntz marked it as to-read
Jul 07, 2015
Faith Saoirse
Faith Saoirse marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2015
Macsbrains
Macsbrains marked it as to-read
Jun 12, 2015
Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts marked it as to-read
Jun 08, 2015
Spencer
Spencer marked it as to-read
May 20, 2015
Nick Gucker
Nick Gucker marked it as to-read
May 13, 2015
Daemon Peterson
Daemon Peterson marked it as to-read
May 10, 2015
Maxine Marsh
Maxine Marsh marked it as to-read
May 01, 2015
J.R.
J.R. marked it as to-read
Apr 29, 2015
Ariel Cummins
Ariel Cummins marked it as to-read
Apr 29, 2015
Stephen Rosenborg
Stephen Rosenborg marked it as to-read
Feb 15, 2015
Pedro G. L. Martins
Pedro G. L. Martins marked it as to-read
Feb 05, 2015
Kathleen
Kathleen marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2015
Kristine Claire
Kristine Claire marked it as to-read
Nov 01, 2014
Laci
Laci marked it as to-read
Feb 21, 2015
Earicka
Earicka marked it as to-read
Oct 05, 2014
Neverdust
Neverdust marked it as to-read
Aug 19, 2014
David W.
David W. is currently reading it
Aug 15, 2014
Heidi Ward
Heidi Ward marked it as to-read
Jul 25, 2014
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
765702
Previously best-known as a film critic for Toronto's eye Weekly, teacher and screenwriter, Gemma Files first broke onto the international horror scene when her story "The Emperor's Old Bones" won the 1999 International Horror Guild award for Best Short Fiction. She is the author of two collections of short work (Kissing Carrion and The Worm in Every Heart) and two chapbooks of poetry (Bent Under N ...more
More about Gemma Files...
A Book of Tongues (Hexslinger, #1) A Rope of Thorns (Hexslinger, #2) A Tree of Bones (Hexslinger, #3) Kissing Carrion We Will All Go Down Together

Share This Book

“The primal sin of those like myself, mes amis, is that because we were once people who acted like beasts, we are forever cursed to be beasts who know they were once men. (“In The Poor Girl Taken By Surprise”)” 7 likes
“Parental love is a matchless thing; if it weren't for that, most of us wouldn't have a pot to piss in, affectionately speaking. But even at its most irreplacable, it's still pretty cheap. Any ape loves their children; spiders lie still while theirs crawl around inside them, happy to let them eat their guts.
The only reason anybody unrelated is ever nice to anyone else, meanwhile, is as a sort of pre-emptive emotional strike - to prevent themselves from being treated as badly, potentially, as they might have treated other people. Which makes love only the lie two brains on spines tell each other, the lie that says: "You exist, because I love you. You exist, because you can see yourself in my eyes."
So we blunder from hope to hope, hollowed and searching. All of us equally incomplete.
And after all these years, still the sting comes, the liquid pressure in the chest and nose, the migraine-forerunner frown. Phantom pain. The ghost without the murder.
But what the fuck? That's all it is, ever. You want to be loved. You tell other people you love them, in order to trick them into loving you back. And after a while, it's true. You feel the pull, the ache.”
3 likes
More quotes…