"A book worth burning"


"A chilling and deeply psychological horror work that forces us all to face the deepest fears of our souls..."

~ K.C. Finn, Readers' Favorite


Dear Reader,

What a delight to meet you at last! I imagine you are many things, some good and glorious, some bad and ugly. But I trust there is one thing that you are not: you are not a faint-of-heart. That's why I give you Umbra

It tells the story of Ohno Hoia and her search for belonging. The tale is not a pleasant one, and there is no happy ending. If the story makes you cry, or gives you sleepless nights, please forgive me, Dear Reader. I only hope that the eyes of your soul will not miss the Umbra's strange, uneasy kind of beauty. 

If you are like me, that is - you want to know more about the book before you commit your time to it - please scroll down and see what other readers had to say about it.  

 Always your humble servant, 


                                                                                                   Yana Barbelo.


"Dark fantasy at its best... This is a story for readers who are seekers."

Romuald Dzemo, Readers' Favorite

"A Monumentally Original Work of Art... that must be read not once but several times, to fully appreciate all its nuances."

~ Kevin Cook, Editor

"The creative genius of this novel is fascinating."

~ Gobi Jane, Readers' Favorite 

"I never read anything so beautiful and unnerving at the same time... You need to read this story to discover its beauty."

 ~Ruffina Oserio,  Readers' Favorite

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Yana Barbelo

Russian-American writer, artist, psychiatrist known for her unholy fascination with edges, fringes, brinks, and all manner of liminality. She writes and illustrates literary horror/New Weird fiction which explores the darkest contradictions of human nature.