Karen Runge is a rising star of dark fiction whose stories have been published to much acclaim in dozens of magazines and anthologies. Seven Sins is her debut story collection, to be followed by her first novel, Seeing Double (Grey Matter Press). Born in Paris, she now lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Seven Sins

Stories by Karen Runge

A singularly rich, dark imagination fills this collection of seven stories that explore a multitude of sins, both familiar and strange. Love turns to lust. Crimes escape punishment. The ordinary turns strange. Women take control – or lose it. Blood flows, flesh ripens. And throughout, the innocent and guilty find themselves in the inescapable grip of desire. With the disturbing but undeniable stories she tells in Seven Sins, Karen Runge makes her dazzling first mark as a writer – one with a brilliant future ahead.



“Karen Runge’s Seven Sins is dark and disturbing; these all-too-real and unforgettable nightmares will leave you deeply shaken. The desire and despair of her characters is intelligently and compassionately rendered, and you’re made to feel every drop of spilled blood. A stunning debut collection.”
– Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock

“In this finely crafted debut collection, moments of horror peel away in layers to reveal the tender small bones of human frailty. Karen Runge writes with an unsettling confidence that makes Seven Sins as compulsive as it is terrifying, creating stories so dark they give nightmares, writing so sharp it leaves scars.”
– Kate Horsley, author of The Monster's Wife and The American Girl