The Lizard and The Maiden (3.2)

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Award-winner Tracie McBride brings Maori legends and culture firmly to the shores of Refuge with this tale of revenge, sadistic brutality, and a mystical lizard called Whiro. A few sprinkles of Refuge's political intrigue has been added to make this tale pivotal to the over-arching story that weaves between the tales from Refuge... Art by Will Jacques. Proceeds to Sanctuary Australia Foundation
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About Tracie McBride

Tracie McBride is a New Zealander who lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in over 80 print and electronic publications, including Bleed, FISH and the Stoker Award-nominated anthologies Horror for Good and Horror Library Volume 5. Her debut collection Ghosts Can Bleed contains much of the work that earned her a Sir Julius Vogel Award. She helps to wrangle slush for Dark Moon Digest and was the vice president of Dark Continents Publishing (2010 - 2014). Visitors to her blog are welcome at

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Reviews of The Lizard and The Maiden (3.2) by Tracie McBride

Lee Murray reviewed on March 7, 2016

When the sister of Mahi’s boyfriend turns up from New Zealand to visit her in Refuge, it isn’t for a friendly catch up. Instead, she’s in for a night of unspeakable torture. Rescue comes from an unexpected source, and as a result Mahi finds her true calling. A vital tale in the Refuge story, this one appealed to me for its evocative prose and links to Maori mythology. But don’t be fooled into thinking this story is all beautiful maidens and ferns in soft-focus. Nuh-uh. McBride doesn’t pull any punches. Blood and viscera guaranteed.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Leigh M. Lane reviewed on Feb. 26, 2016

Creepy, atmospheric, and well written. The darker aspects of this story are sure to haunt me for some time.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Oscillate Wildly Press reviewed on Feb. 23, 2016

An interesting story of loss and revenge. Mahi is an intriguing character with a strong cultural identity and personality. Horror comes in the most curious forms, especially in 'The Lizard and the Maiden.' A fascinating read of personal loss and retribution.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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