About Victoria Hetherington

Victoria Hetherington is a Toronto-based freelance copywriter and communications specialist. Called a “stunning debut” (Globe and Mail), “a stylish puzzle of a story; feral and absorbing” (Toronto Star), and “this generation’s persuasive answer to Atwood” (Vancouver Sun), Victoria’s debut novel Mooncalves was shortlisted for the Amazon First Novel Award in 2020. Her novel Autonomy is forthcoming with Dundurn Press in 2022. Her work has appeared in Hazlitt, Joyland, The Puritan, EVENT, and Taddle Creek. Victoria serves as Fiction Editor for Broken Pencil Magazine and is a member of the Writers Union of Canada. 

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From the publisher:

Mooncalves follows the bloody implosion of a cult in Sainte-Pétronille, Quebec, understood through the urgent voices of the living and a ring of ghostly, shape-shifting watchers. Sensing the impending dissolution of society by technological progress, the charismatic, utterly unhinged Joseph Reiser forms “Walden”, a collective of Luddite devotees—most still in their teens. A vicious act of sexual violence shatters the collective, and devotee Erica Strickland barely escapes with her life. Through its tale of buried crime in rural Quebec and the mechanism of cult leadership, Mooncalves explores the unshakable hold of first love, the warped influence of unchecked ambition and sexual obsession, and the uncomfortable gaze of the accumulating dead


“Eerie, disturbing, stunning … A thoughtful literary fiction that has important things to say about the human condition.”

Vancouver Sun

“A stylish puzzle of a story; feral and absorbing.”

Toronto Star

Finalist for the 2020 Amazon Canada First Novel Award