THIRD Starred Review for BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE

BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE just got its THIRD starred review!

 

This one is from Shelf Awareness. Here’s an excerpt:
“Krause (A Dress for the Wicked) invents here an original folktale that is part Johnny Appleseed, part “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” and uses dual narratives to tell two distinct, engrossing stories that intertwine in unexpected ways. Her prose is descriptive and delicate, her mythical world populated with creatures both intriguing and terrifying. Krause delivers an excellently creepy legend perfect for Halloween reading.” –Shelf Awareness, starred review
Read the full review here
I’ll definitely always remember getting it forwarded to me by my editor this morning and will always treasure her noting that “three starred reviews is rare.”
I’ve never felt like someone who naturally excels at anything or for who anything comes easily so this is something I will hold onto forever
At the start of this, I only hoped for reviews that weren’t negative
I would’ve adamantly said three trade starred reviews was not possible
But I underestimated the power of a story that wishes to be told
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE stretched me in so many ways. It demanded that I listen to the story it wanted to be, even as I worried it didn’t fall into typical genre conventions 
 
Seeing it get stars from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and now Shelf Awareness has been incredible 
 
Even more so, anytime I get tagged in a positive review by a reader, I’m just so hopeful that there is a place for my twisty, literary, peculiar, imaginatively offbeat tales
I’m just so very grateful 

BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE is out!

Once upon a time four years ago, I got the first inklings of an idea for a book about cursed apples & Faustian deals with the devil

It was a peculiar tale but the more I thought about it, the more fascinating threads unspooled in my head to form the book I’m writing about today: BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE

I knew it was outside the typical conventions of mainstream fiction—fast-paced yet very literary with intricate characters inspired by books that have always fixated me: Paradise Lost, Inferno, Sleepy Hollow, 1922 by Stephen King, the collected poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, fables and folklore and Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales, along with my own unique heritage of being a triracial author whose family has had a long history here, filled with its specific hardships but also so so so much love—but I wrote it anyway

I definitely lost my faith in it as editors fell in love yet balked at how to market it. Then my acquiring editor read it in one sitting and bought it at auction

It’s since gotten two starred trade reviews and was chosen as an Amazon Editor’s Pick

But most importantly, it already seems to have found its readers 🖤 as an author, there is nothing more I can ask for

If you’ve journeyed into my dark folklore tale that’s full of odd whimsy or plan to, thank you from the bottom of my heart

This story is for you and always has been

BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOURE HERE: out now 🥹

New Book Announcement: GRAVE FLOWERS

I am so happy to announce the title and share the synopsis of my next book

It’s title is

GRAVE FLOWERS

The flowers in my book are called “Grave Flowers” because in this dark royalcore world of floral magic, the grim odds are that they will more than likely adorn your grave than sit in a vase

What you can expect:

🥀 A Hamlet meets Boleyn family inspired fantasy

🖤A floral magic system–AND I’m making up my own breeds of flowers, which I have just had the literal best time doing. These flowers are beautiful…but they bite!

🪦A princess bride, Madalina, set on a deadly quest to assassinate her betrothed, the prince. Which should be easy because she detests him, right? She definitely doesn’t find him attractive at all. NOT AT ALL

🏛️An eerie ghost story meets twisty murder mystery

Here’s the official announcement/synopsis in Publisher’s Marketplace:

Author of BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE Autumn Krause’s GRAVE FLOWERS, a twisty, dark-royalcore YA fantasy that combines the courtly intrigue of Hamlet with the vicious ambition of the Boleyn family, in an decaying but opulent world of flower magic; when Madalina’s twin sister, who was betrothed to the heir of a powerful kingdom, appears to her as a ghost, Madalina agrees to take her sister’s place to investigate her sister’s murder, knowing that whoever killed her sister is sure to wish her dead as well, to Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen, for publication in fall 2025 by Susan Hawk at Upstart Crow Literary (world).

Naturae vis maxima ~ The greatest force is that of nature

So blessed and overjoyed that I get to keep writing books!

Book Tour Dates & Stops

I am so thrilled to announce the book tour stops for BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE! It’s a small, two-state tour but I’ve never had one before and am so grateful to these bookshops for having me. If you’re in the area, I would love to meet you and make a copy of my book all pretty for you

Here are the dates and the information:
Oct 7 at 6pm at Barnes and Noble, Huntington Beach, Ca
This is the big official book party celebrating the release of BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE. Chelsea Ichaso will be moderating, book signing immediately to follow
If you’re local and want the official invite for this event, please don’t hesitate to email me via my contact page
Oct 8 at 4pm at The Ripped Bodice, Culver City, Ca
I will be moderating Laura Taylor Namey’s book event for A BRITISH GIRL’S GUIDE TO HURRICANES AND HEARTBREAK and will also be signing BTDKYH
NOTE: This is a ticketed event. Tickets are available here (scroll down to find the event) and include a copy of Laura’s book.
And then, at this point, I have a baby so there is a gap in the timeline continuum and we resume things in January:
January 18 at 7pm at Blue Willow Books, Houston, Tx
Fellow author Kate Pentecost will be moderating and we will be talking all things books, book signing immediately following
January 20 at 6pm at Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, Waco, Tx
Fellow author Hilary Yancy will be moderating, book signing immediately to follow
Will I be seeing you?? I hope so!

Submit Your Receipt for a BTDKYH Pre-Order Gift

Preorder BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE to receive the pre-order gift suite:

a poison apple corner bookmark featuring Catalina’s hand with a lace cuff

an envelope with woodland art scene

a surprise sticker of a classic art piece, leaf, or rose

Submit your proof of purchase here

Full Starred Kirkus Review for Before the Devil Knows You’re Here

The entire starred Kirkus review for Before the Devil Knows You’re Here is up on the Kirkus website. You can view it here or read it below:

“Folklore, fantasy, and horror are interwoven in this story of a 17-year-old’s journey to save her brother set in 1836 Wisconsin.

The story unfolds as Catalina’s father dies and her brother, Jose Luis, is stolen by the Man of Sap, a monstrosity of bark and leaves. Pa ranted about the terror of the Man of Sap’s deadly apples before he succumbed to them, but when the monster disappears with her brother, Jose Luis, Catalina’s world falls apart. Taking a satchel of supplies, Mamá’s beloved book of poetry by Sor Juana de la Cruz—a treasure from her Mexican homeland—and a knife that belonged to her white Pa, Catalina sets off to find her brother and destroy the Man of Sap. Along the way, she finds friendship, terrifying creatures, whispers of magic, and the key to believing that love is not always lost. Surrounded by poetry, both that of de la Cruz and her own personal writing that she cannot finish, Catalina finds words are a redemptive force. Readers are thrown into an exploration of the heartbreak and loneliness following death and loss, and each character, whether human or otherwise, brings introspection and courage to the tale. Mesmerizingly told through the eyes of both Catalina and the monster, the book invites readers to travel with characters who are reckoning with greed, fear, and love as they consider what makes a monster—and whether monsters can be redeemed.

Highly imaginative and powerfully affecting. (author’s note) (Speculative fiction. 14-18)” — Kirkus, Starred Review

Starred Kirkus review for BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE

I’m thrilled to share that BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE received a starred Kirkus review!

Kirkus can be so tough and I was feeling so anxious every time I thought about being reviewed by them. I simply hoped the review would be positive but never imagined it would be starred.

Only 10% of the 7000 traditionally published books that Kirkus reviews gets starred and its a designation for “books of exceptional merit.” I was beyond shocked to see the famous “starred review” after the title when my editor forwarded me the news

You can read the full review here

And here is an excerpt:

“Mesmerizingly told through the eyes of both Catalina and the monster, the book invites readers to travel with characters who are reckoning with greed, fear, and love as they consider what makes a monster—and whether monsters can be redeemed.

Highly imaginative and powerfully affecting.” -Kirkus, starred review