Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone

Stefan Kiesbye


Shirley Jackson meets The X-Files in this riveting novel of supernatural horror

The village of Hemmersmoor is a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition: There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. This is where four young friends come of age—in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. Their innocent games soon bring them face-toface with the village’s darkest secrets in this eerily dispassionate, astonishingly assured novel, evocative of Stephen King’s classic short story “Children of the Corn” and infused with the spirit of the Brothers Grimm.

Dara Van Dusen

Sound by
David Clarke

Produced by
Film 14

Blair Leiberman and Luke Hallum


A very elegant nightmare, so appalling and so beautiful.

Audrey NiffeneggerAuthor of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry

By turns creepy, sensitive, unsettling, and beautifully written, but best of all, it provokes dark stirrings while always providing great pleasure. Stefan Kiesbye would be a writer to watch out for if he had not so clearly already arrived.

Daniel WoodrellAuthor of Winter’s Bone

Creepy in a way that actually made me quite nervous.

Ben LooryAuthor of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

With a chilling twist here and there, a sly, stark wit, and a fascinating cast of lost boys and girls, Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone is part nostalgia trip and part horror show, as honest and heartfelt as The Virgin Suicides in its portrait of adolescent yearning, anxieties, and heartbreak.

Timothy SchaffertAuthor of The Coffins of Little Hope

A brilliant amalgam of Faulkner, the Brothers Grimm, and Günter Grass as if condensed for intensity.

Josip NovakovichAuthor of Fiction Writing Workshop and Writing Fiction Step By Step
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Stefan Kiesbye

Stefan Kiesbye has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. Born on the German coast of the Baltic Sea, he studied in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Portales, NM, where he teaches creative writing at Eastern New Mexico University. He is also the arts editor of Absinthe: New European Writing. For more visit