"Some of the best survival horror we’ve read in years, with a uniquely menacing adversary at its heart."
– Vulture, "The Best Horror Novels of 2022"
"Wilkes’ grueling epic is uniquely committed to unpacking the sub-genre’s chauvinistic myths . . . The novel contains all the gritty, muscular details that makes stories like this so grimly enjoyable, but at the same time, it deconstructs those very same tropes. The inclusion of various queer identities is a masterstroke. It distinguishes All the White Spaces from other Antarctic fiction, offering a bleakly heartening suggestion that, in times of hardship, prejudice can give way to compassion and collaboration."
– Esquire, "The 22 Best Horror Books of 2022"
“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 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
"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,