“ALL THE WHITE SPACES is a heady and haunting mix of historical fiction, polar survival horror, and a meditation on gender, identity, and the enduring mysteries of the self. You won't soon forget Jonathan Morgan and his trial by ice.”
– Paul Tremblay, author of A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS and SURVIVOR SONG
"Deeply haunting and full of dread, ALL THE WHITE SPACES beautifully balances grief and loss with concepts of family honor and self-determination, in the midst of frozen survival horror with echoes of Dan Simmons and John Carpenter. Highly recommended."
– Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of ROAD OF BONES
"Frozen into the desolation and isolation of Antarctica, this stunning debut delivers a thrilling tale of survival, terror and strength that will chill you to the core."
– Tim Lebbon, New York Times bestselling author of EDEN and THE SILENCE
"ALL THE WHITE SPACES is a sly and unsettling gem of a book that makes for an immersive read. The storytelling is as taut as the setting is stark, and rife with creeping dread . . . I was chilled to the bone while reading it, and could not put it down. I loved every frostbitten word!"
– Camilla Bruce, author of YOU LET ME IN
“A journey into winter, a growing sense of isolation, a battle with the elements and facing down the ghosts of the past – Ally Wilkes has taken some of my very favorite ingredients and bound them into a deliciously spooky and compulsive tale. Ideal for a dark evening, though you might want to draw a little closer to the fire . . .”
– Alison Littlewood, author of A COLD SEASON and THE HIDDEN PEOPLE
"This story took me to another age, another place . . . I would say it’s timely, but that would hide a more important fact, that it’s timeless."
– Francesco Dimitri, author of THE BOOK OF HIDDEN THINGS
“An intricately described story of loss, self-discovery and belonging . . . Wonderfully immersive; I heard every creak and was bitten by the freezing fog. ALL THE WHITE SPACES is a ghost story of the heart that becomes a harrowing battle for survival in malicious barrens. It reads like The Terror meets The Thing in Antarctica.”
– Louis Greenberg, author of EXPOSURE
"A gripping narrative that is at once explorer’s yarn, trans man’s coming-of-age story, and a tale of a survivor grappling with horrors that defy definition . . . from gritty seafaring challenges to a desperate struggle with demons that blur the line between the supernatural and the subconscious. Fans of historical horror will be enthralled."
– Publishers Weekly
"ALL THE WHITE SPACES is a masterpiece. A journey of discovery that left me breathless and emotional for all the right reasons. With this powerful debut, Ally Wilkes has not arrived quietly on the horror scene; she has scaled a towering iceberg and roared."
– Rio Youers, critically-acclaimed author of LOLA ON FIRE
"ALL THE WHITE SPACES will chill you to the bone – a haunting, claustrophobic tale of a sibling following his late brothers’ ambitions to an inexorable conclusion."
– Marie O’Regan, author of THE LAST GHOST AND OTHER STORIES, editor of PHANTOMS and THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF GHOST STORIES BY WOMEN
"ALL THE WHITE SPACES is an old-fashioned adventure story with a refreshing modern twist and a healthy dose of atmosphere and spookiness. Best savored on a blustery winter night, with a hot beverage and a warm blanket for company."
– Shaun Hamill, author of A COSMOLOGY OF MONSTERS
"Riveting, a tale haunted by the ghosts of war and the frozen terrors of an Antarctic landscape - and the things that wait in the winter dark."
– Angela Slatter, Award-winning author of ALL THE MURMURING BONES
"Eerie and provocative in equal measure. Beautifully written . . . with characters that linger a long while in the imagination."
– J.S. Barnes, author of DRACULA'S CHILD
"An incredibly well-told story of loss, personal discovery, and the dangers of messing with unknown forces, both natural and supernatural. Wilkes masterfully builds a sense of dread and desperation."
– California Reading
"Ally Wilkes is truly masterful, and ALL THE WHITE SPACES is not so much of a debut than an Antarctic blast from the ice-ridden throat of some terrible behemoth, entreated in from the frozen darkness. Desolate, gnawing horror that sinks right to the marrow in the best possible way."
– Matt Wesolowski, author of the award-winning Six Stories series
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"I have three words for you: polar, survival, and horror. I’ve had this debut on my list since late 2021. It should be on your radar, too."
– Gabino Iglesias, LitReactor
"A vivid, immersive tale about a fictional British expedition to the Antarctic in 1919-20 – classic territory, but with a transgender perspective . . . A gripping read. On top of that . . . is the element of supernatural horror. Here, too, the author excels, creating a new sort of ghost story in the empty, icy wastes."
– The Guardian, "The Best Recent Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror."
"The age of Antarctic exploration gets a new (and terrifying) twist."
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"The desolation of the Arctic and human desperation . . . might intrigue fans of The Terror or The Thing."
– Den of Geek, "Best New Horror Books"
"A great debut . . . If you’re into supernatural, psychological thrillers, this is perfect for you. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and you won’t want to put it down."
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