Mother Walked Into the Lake by Alana I. Capria
Mother Walked Into the Lake, Alana I. Capria's second novel, merges fantasy, feminism, and horror into a brilliant but disturbing allegory on motherhood and mental illness. The story follows three children who come face-to-face with the consequences of their Mother's drowning. The novel explores the complicated nature of Motherhood and how women uniquely carry this onus of self-sacrifice, responsibility, and all-consuming love.
Cover art by Joshua Lawyer
"Alana I. Capria dives headlong into memory and madness with Mother Walked Into The Lake. A perfect blend of horror and fantasy, this story of three children coming to terms with their mother's drowning serves as an extraordinary meditation on what motherhood means in terms of self-sacrifice and love. Mother Walked Into The Lake is both sublimely beautiful and hauntingly grotesque; in this work we see, as we do in all timeless novels, something of ourselves."
-Richard J. O'Brien, author The Garden of Fragile Things
and Infestation: Bud McCracken and the War Against the
"Mother Walked into THE Lake is one of those books that truly grabs you and doesn't let go. When the mother walks into the lake, you walk into the lake, and when she drowns, you drown, and when she returns to her home and finds her children, so do you, and it's from there Alana I. Capria takes you on a wild ride that is both surreal and macabre. Filled with terror and liberation, often within the same page, Mother Walked into a Lake is a great book, and one you will think about long after you've read the final word."
- Jonathan R. Rose, author of Carrion
"Switching between extended metaphor and brutal, visceral description, Capria demonstrates that every home is a horror. Mother is a powerful work, part haunted house and part commentary which will demand the reader's attention, digging its claws into them until they forget to breath."
-S. L. Edwards, author of "Cabras" and "And the Woman
Loved Her Cats"
Alana I. Capria is the author of the story collection Wrapped in Red (Montag Press, 2014), the novel Hooks & Slaughterhouse (Montag Press, 2013) and the chapbooks Organ Meat, Killing Me (Turtleneck Press, 2012) and Lilith (dancing girl press, 2015). She resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband and rabbit. www.alanicapria.com