My first book for RIP was The Bone Mother by David Demchuk. What a wonderful cover, it is dark and spooky all at the same time. This is the first novel by Mr. Denchuk and I hope that it will not be the last. This was such and amazing take on the mythical creatures of Eastern Europe. This book includes Rusalka, Vovkulaka, Strigoi, Dvoynik, and of course The Bone Mother.
I loved the story of Nicolai this told the story of the Vovkulaka they way it was explained what a sad story. There is the story of a Golem and a stolen home. There are just to many to put into a short blog post.
Each chapter is a new character and each character has a photograph. The photographs were taken by Costica Acsint between 1935 and 1945 and they are now being preserved by the Ialomita County History Museum. This adds to the book, to see faces of the the people who lived and believed in these stories.
For me the other cool thing about this book was that it included LGTBQI characters. There is one about the Green Girls, that was just amazing to see in a book. The only fault that I have with this book is me. I do not know enough about the tales from the Romanian/Ukrainian border.