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A psychological horror novel based on a real Nordic urban legend.

”I LOVED this. So creepy and beautifully written.” – Kirsty Logan, author of The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales and Things We Say in the Dark.

”If you’re up for an adventure, try reading The Black Tongue alone in a hotel room with one flickering light, like I did. I guarantee at least one nightmare.” – LitReactor Magazine

“Hautala has elevated Finnish horror to a new level.”
– Turun sanomat newspaper, Finland

”This is definitely an author to keep an eye on.” – 2 Book Lovers blog

For generations, the urban legend of Granny Hatchet has plagued the quiet residential area of Suvikylä in northern Finland. As the story goes, this immortal killer murders her victims with a hatchet, then buries the hearts in a potato field and eats them after they’ve rotted black. But not everyone is convinced it is just a story.

Maisa Riipinen has returned to her hometown to complete her dissertation on urban folklore at the same time that Samuel Autio has come home to arrange his father’s funeral. As hazy, disturbing memories from their pasts meld with strange events in the present, Maisa and Samuel attempt to make sense of the town’s fearful obsession with the mythical Granny Hatchet. But if it’s only a legend, then why are people still vanishing without a trace?