Conditions may apply. You must be 18+ to enter this preorder campaign. US only. Promotion ends 8/13/24. For full Official Rules, see bottom of page.

“Debut author Anderson crafts a truly unsettling gothic horror story. Horror fans will be rattled.”—Publishers Weekly

“Desolate, heartrending, and genuinely scary.”—Gretchen Felker-Martin, author of Manhunt

Submit your preorder receipt to receive a Sunshine Corral Hotel keychain and signed bookplate!*

*Keychain and bookplate available while quantities last. Please note that it may take a few weeks after the preorder campaign closes for your items to be shipped.


How do I submit my receipt?

Send Quirk Books a photo of your The Unmothers receipt using the Google form linked below. (Note: please make sure your full name, book title, and the date purchased are all visible on your receipt.)

If you have trouble uploading your receipt to the Google form, please send an email to [email protected] with the requested information and include [UNMOTHERS Preorder Campaign] in the subject line.

We will send you your items once the campaign is closed after August 13, 2024.

All receipts must be dated August 6, 2024 or earlier and submitted by 11:59pm EST on August 13, 2024. Please note that it may take a few weeks after the campaign closes for your items to be shipped.


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Send Quirk Books a photo of your receipt using this Google form, or email [email protected].


About the Book

In this raw and lyrical folk horror novel, a journalist sent to a small town begins to unravel a dark secret that the women of the town have been keeping for generations.

Marshall is still trying to put the pieces together after the death of her husband. After she is involved in a terrible accident, her editor sends her to the small, backwards town of Raeford to investigate a clearly ridiculous rumor: that a horse has given birth to a healthy, human baby boy.

When Marshall arrives in Raeford, she finds an insular town that is kinder to the horses they are famous for breeding than to their own people. But when two horribly mangled bodies are discovered in a field—one a horse, one a human—she realizes that there might be a real story here.

As she’s pulled deeper into the town and its guarded people, her sense of reality is tipped on its head. Is she losing her grip? Or is this impossible story the key to a dark secret that has haunted the women of Raeford for generations?

Unbearably tense and utterly gripping, this atmospheric tale of female rage, bodily autonomy, and generational trauma hails the arrival of a masterful storyteller.

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Praise for The Umothers

“Nauseatingly tense and crushingly insightful. This book represents an absolutely vital entry into the horror canon.”—Sarah Gailey, nationally best-selling author of The Echo Wife and Just Like Home


“At the crossroads of True Detective and Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder, this equine Wicker Man manifests a mood equal parts majestic and terrifying, tragic and sublime.”—Clay McLeod Chapman, author of What Kind of Mother and Ghost Eaters


“Leslie Anderson writes with searing honesty and a palpable compassion for her characters in this story about the terrifying ways people cling to—and weaponize—belief systems. The Unmothers is riveting; the evil it depicts is insidious and real.”—Anne Heltzel, author of Just Like Mother


The Unmothers is a grimly beautiful novel about the terrifying collective power of women’s sublimated hope, grief, and rage.”—Emily C. Hughes, author of Horror for Weenies and former editor of


The Unmothers is brilliant. It is beautiful, heartbreaking, terrifying, and sharply intelligent.”—Sam Rebelein, author of Edenville

IMPORTANT: Please read these Official Rules before entering the The Unmothers Preorder Campaign (the “Preorder Campaign”), presented by Quirk Books (“Sponsor”). By entering the Preorder Campaign, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. These Official Rules shall govern in the event of any inconsistency with other Preorder Campaign-related materials.
ELIGIBILITY: The Preorder Campaign is open to residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia and Canada who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. All federal, state, and local regulations apply. LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED. Employees of Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, and agencies, and their immediate family members and persons living in their household are not eligible to enter the Preorder Campaign.
ENTRY PERIOD: The Preorder Campaign begins at 4:00 PM (ET) on Friday, June 21, 2024 and ends at 11:59 PM (ET) on Tuesday, August 13, 2024.
HOW TO ENTER: Online entry only. Enter by completing and submitting the entry form as instructed at If you have trouble uploading your receipt to the Google form, please send an email to [email protected] with the requested information and include [UNMOTHERS Preorder Campaign] in the subject line.
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Every entrant who proves they have preordered a copy of Such a Bad Influence by June 4, 2024 will receive the following, while quantities last:
1. A Sunshine Corral Hotel keychain (quantity: 200)
2. A signed bookplate (quantity: 250)
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