The Smelly Hand: and Other Dreadful Stories from Uhriniituntakainen

Reading material

Finnish edition

Original title: Haiseva käsi ja muita kauheita tarinoita Uhriniituntakaisesta

Published: 2016

Publisher: Karisto

Class/genre: Young Adults

Pages: 229

Zombies, ghosts and bogeymen don’t exist. Are you sure?  In a small village like Uhriniituntakainen, you can never be sure of that . . .

The school chemistry teacher’s hand starts to smell worse day by day.

Irina and Hope catch the train to visit their granny one day and a thin woman with insect-like spectacles gets on the train.

A doll won in the lucky dip at the funfair turns out to be rather unusual.

A collection of creepy stories, The Smelly Hand promises to scare as well as entertain, while tackling weightier issues that trouble youngsters, such as bullying, divorcing parents, and loneliness.

“…well-balanced and suitably chilling.” Ibby Finland blog

“This book comes highly recommended for horror fans, both younger and older alike.” Kirjastonkummitus blog, Finland

Magdalena Hai

Magdalena Hai is a lover of cross genre fiction and all things strange, and her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Besides writing Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.


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