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Vivian Schilling



Vivian is the author of the acclaimed novels Quietus and Sacred Prey, as well as a screenwriter, producer and director of independent films. She recently completed work as co-writer and producer of the French documentary “Bonobos: Back to the Wild” and is currently at work on her third novel. For more information visit biography.

QUIETUS is the haunting story of a young woman brought back from the brink of death to find the world around her irrevocably altered.

“A GREAT GOTHIC RAVEN perched somewhere between Anne Rice and Iris Murdoch. It’s a spooky, sweeping book of death, dreams and psychosexual intrigue. Schilling herself–in her deft melding of mythic animus and modern anxiety–seems like the bastard daughter of Carl Jung and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley…I loved it.”

 —James Ireland Baker, Time Out New York

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Acclaimed author Vivian Schilling delves deep into the mind of a New Orleans loan shark and pits him against his own prejudice and self-righteous greed.


“Screenwriter Schilling shows deft storytelling ability … fresh, lively, and supplied with plenty of suspenseful twists …”
Publisher’s Weekly


“Highly respectable writing … thoroughly gripping.”
Chicago Sun Times


“A psychological thriller you won’t forget … written with an imagination that smacks of part Edgar Allan Poe / part island voodoo … an unforgettable trek.”
The Herald, North Carolina

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Voice Talent Jen Taylor Narrates QUIETUS Audiobook at Seattle’s Cedar House Audio Productions

Recent Interviews and Articles

Women Writers, Women’s Books:Quietus: A Spirit of Thought by Vivian Schilling (3/15/18)

NWA Democrat-Gazette Vivian Schilling: Arkansas is Great Retreat” (7/21/19)

Book Q&A’s with Deborah Kalb: Q&A with Vivian Schilling” (4/9/18)

Mysteristas: Writers talking Mystery and More: Interview with Vivian Schilling” (2/27/18)

Mystery Thriller Week Exclusive Interview with Author/Filmmaker Vivian Schilling” (4/17/18)

“Schilling writes with all the passion of lightning.”

—The Book Reader

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