New Release! THE BONE CURSE, A Genre-Bending, Supernatural Medical Thriller


Do you believe in the paranormal?

I wish I did. Life would be more fun. But in reality, a ghost could hit me upside the head with a copy of War and Peace and I’d still find a way to explain it. Thanks to my left-brain skepticism and years of science education, a believer in the paranormal I am not.


That doesn’t mean I don’t find it fascinating, and it doesn’t mean I don’t want to write about it.

The Bone Curse, available today, takes a rational-minded man of science and tosses him into an otherworldly situation, one with curses, dark priests, and Haitian Vodou.

The Bone Curse by Carrie Rubin

After getting cut by an old bone in the Paris catacombs, a skeptical med student must use the occult to stop a deadly curse and a vengeful priest.


The Hero:

Ben, the main character, is not a perfect guy. He’s a med student in Philadelphia who has worked and scrimped to attend medical school. As an introvert who keeps people at bay, he’s intense, driven, and serious, and often so focused on the endpoint, he misses out on the now.


That’s about to change. In the form of a curse. One that requires Haitian Vodou to stop it.

In some ways Ben is like me. (Well, not the promiscuous part, I promise.) I first got the idea for him as a character while watching a supernatural television show. I wondered, “What would it take to get me to believe something like that?”

I fear it would take a lot. Much like it takes Ben. But eventually, if he wants to stop the infection he’s spreading and save those around him, he must look beyond Western medicine for a cure and use the occult instead.

Vodou vs. Voodoo:

A lot of research went into The Bone Curse. I wanted to differentiate Vodou—which is a religion and a way of life for many Haitians—from Hollywood’s version of voodoo, with its dolls and zombies. To ensure I was being respectful and sensitive to the practice, I asked a frequent visitor to Haiti to serve as one of my early readers.


It is a thriller, and thrillers need bad guys. For Ben, that bad guy comes in the form of a dark priest who goes beyond what’s acceptable and moral in Vodou to make Ben’s life a living nightmare. Why? You’ll have to read the story to find out.

If this genre-bending, supernatural medical thriller sounds like something you’d be interested in, maybe you’ll give it a read. (Click for Amazon US link or other retail links.) If not, simply spreading the word helps immensely.

By the way, though The Bone Curse is a standalone novel, it is the first in a planned series in which Ben faces otherworldly situations. In book two, he’ll be a medical resident.

Thank You:

As a final note, I would like to extend a huge thank you to my publisher, Science Thrillers Media, and to everyone who received an ARC of the novel from NetGalley or from a giveaway and left early reviews, either on Goodreads or your blogs. Many of you have already spread the word on social media, and I am beyond grateful for that.

Having a book on NetGalley was a new and frightening experience for me. At some point I’ll write a post on whether I would do it again or not.


I need more distance from the experience first.

What would it take to make you believe in an evil curse?

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early Reviews for the bone curse:

Kirkus Reviews

Foreword Reviews

Boho & Bookish

Book Club Mom

Tome Tender Book Blog

Denzil The Book Owl

JM McDowell

Meeka’s Mind

Writer Site

Review Tales by Jeyran Main

A Ruined Chapel by Moonlight (spoilers)

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standing color cropped tiny for blog postsCarrie Rubin is a medical thriller author with a background in medicine and public health. For full bio and a list of her books, click here.

184 Responses to “New Release! THE BONE CURSE, A Genre-Bending, Supernatural Medical Thriller”

    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you so much. It’s been baby steps with each one: a few more reviews each time, a few more bookstores and libraries that stock it, etc. Without a big publishing house behind a book, it’s hard to get the word out. There’s only so much small presses and indie authors can do. I’ve been told by agents that medical thrillers are passé, so I’m currently working on a different genre. We’ll see…


  1. Bumba

    Congrats!!!! Sounds interesting. Interesting to see your path as a (published) writer, and interesting to see how your various medical personages explore uncharted waters.

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  2. cinthiaritchie

    Reblogged this on Cinthia Ritchie and commented:
    I’m reading Carrie Ruben’s “The Bone Curse” this very minute and people, it’s soooo good. In fact, it’s way past my bedtime and I’m still up and reading, sitting alone in the dark living room, the best place to read about voodoo and curses, don’t you think?

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  3. Florence Russell

    Having read every single exciting book you’ve written, I really look forward to this one. I lost fingernails as I finished
    the last book. Sounds like I’ll be hiding under the covers reading this one.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Haha, thank you so much! I hate to think of you fingernail-less though. 😄

      So nice of you to stop by. I always enjoy bantering with your daughter. And such a cute new grandson you have!


  4. Berthold Gambrel

    Despite the fact that I love to read stories about ghosts and monsters etc. (and even write some) I also am a skeptic. If I were in Ben’s shoes in “The Bone Curse”, I’d probably just think someone was perpetrating some giant, complicated con against me.

    Congratulations on the book! I’ll keep spreading the word about it–it deserves to be read by everyone who likes a good thriller or scary story!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate that. And like you, I’d be majorly skeptical if I were Ben. Mambo Tina would have to smack me a good one until I got on board. 😄

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you, Lisa! By the way, I was just telling my 17-year-old son about your book “Paw” the other day. That’s the type of book he enjoys, but he doesn’t read ebooks. I told him he should get it from my Kindle library and read it, but just now I was looking on Amazon and I see it’s in paperback! I’m going to order it for him. He has a birthday coming up.

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      • L.E. Henderson

        Wow, thanks Carrie! I feel so honored that you enjoyed “Paw” enough to recommend it to your son. I hope he enjoys it! I very much relate to what you said about being willing to entertain paranormal ideas in fiction that you are skeptical of in real life. Some people on Twitter were shocked that I identified as a skeptic despite writing fantasy. There is actually no contradiction at all for anyone who can make the distinction between fiction and reality, which is why I can write a book about talking bipedal cats without ever having met any. 😉


        • Carrie Rubin

          Exactly. And just because I’m a skeptic doesn’t make me right. My sister believes in ghosts. Who’s to say she’s wrong and I’m right? I’m just too science-minded to entertain the idea.

          And you’re very welcome. I think he’ll really like it.

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  5. thefolia

    How exciting! Congratulations on completing another book, the cover is amazing and I’m intrigued with the storyline. Happy reading to all!

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  6. Lori

    Congratulation, Carrie! They did a great job with the cover. From your description of the book, it really fits well. The story sounds intriguing. Your last novel was pretty scary. Is this one even more scary? I like stories about the supernatural, but this one seems a little different. Very exciting!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Lori! I think it’s more suspenseful than scary, but others might find parts of it scary. There may be some blood sacrifice involved… Mwahahaha.

      The cover artist at Envelup Designs is really great. He did Eating Bull’s cover too. He really captures the essence.

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