Slavic Supernatural Story Lineup

Do you like fantasy inspired by Slavic folklore and mythology? Stories about Morana, the magical shapeshifting krsniks, the mysterious woodland leshy or the sinister rusalka?

If you do, we’ll soon have a book worth checking out! Our first anthology has all that, and more, collected in 11 fresh stories suffused with magic and Slavic culture.

We’re bringing you Slavic Supernatural: An Anthology of Slavic-Inspired Speculative Fiction, featuring the following stories:

  • Once Upon a Winter by Ivan Botica
  • Traveling Spring by Lidiana Bunda
  • Where the Birch Trees Sing by Greg Gajek
  • The Gentleman Hat by Ivana Geček
  • Kresnik and Zlatorog by Robert Norok
  • Out of Linden and Oak They Made You by Srebrenka Peregrin
  • Hunting Down the Unholy by Petra Rapaić
  • The Deep Woods by Josh Reynolds
  • From the Swamps by Miha Trochael
  • Morana’s Song by Petra Valković
  • Death Will See by Laura J. Veligor

Keep an eye on this space and our social media (@shtrigabooks) for future information about the pub date, the upcoming cover reveal, for a chance to meet our awesome authors and to learn more about their story inspirations!

The anthology is edited by Antonija Mežnarić and Vesna Kurilić.

New Release Alert That Will Eat You Alive

It Eats Us From the Inside by Antonija Mežnarić is now out in the world! This aquatic horror novella with a pinch of eco horror and Slavic folk horror is a genre mix about changes, ecological disasters, parental estrangement, stubbornness, small towns, queer love, and everything that eats ut as. It’s sad, disgusting, claustrophobic, and bittersweet. And it awaits you to take it with you to the beach to read while sunbathing in the scorching sun.
Get the ebook wherever you like to get your ebooks. The paperback is available on Amazon.

The cover is made by amazing Antonio Filipović, who read it and said: slimy things are a must!


The only reason Doris agreed to go back to her hometown on the Northern Adriatic coast was her wife’s insistence to go and visit her father, house-ridden and slowly dying from a mysterious illness that eats at him from the inside.

But under the surface of the family reunion lie old tales and hidden regret, while from the sea comes a creeping threat to the town and beyond, slowly but surely spreading farther from the coast.

Taken at the tide of change, nothing and no one will stay the same.

Cover Reveal: Girls Across World

Lina and Karol continue their adventure in the multiverse! And Korina Hunjak continue to impress us with their gorgeous covers. The face for the fourth installment of our queer retrofuturistic mystery romance series Ranger Paraversum is here.

What awaits us in the fourth book?

It’s early 1946, the Cartographer chapter of the City of Rijeka is in turmoil, and the worlds of the known paraversum are under threat.

As their bosses combine their resources to stop the elusive, mysterious chapter that’s taking out others one by one, the girls find themselves at the forefront of a clandestine task force faced with a new conundrum…

How do you find someone when you don’t even know who they are?

Out October 13, 2022!

You can pre-order the book now at this link. And if you didn’t yet get the chance, check out the first book in the series, Johnny’s Girls, available in paperback and ebook!

Folk horror, romantika i urbana fantastika: Shtriga na SFeraKonu 2022!

Brojimo sitno do prve ovogodišnje domaće konvencije fantastike – SFeraKona 2022. – koji će se održati od 13. do 15. svibnja 2022. na zagrebačkom FER-u. S obzirom da Shtriga ove godine po prvi put sudjeluje u programu, odlučili smo vam predstaviti neke od naših autora, u dijalogu sa svojim urednicama, kroz sva tri dana konvencije.

Naši će autori s posjetiteljima i čitateljima podijeliti svoje dugogodišnje iskustvo u raznim podžanrova: folk horroru, romantičnoj fantastici i urban fantasyju, te će biti dostupni i za potpisivanje knjiga!

U petak – na Petak trinaesti, ni manje ni više! – u 19h u prostoriji A-201 u točki “Tradicija straha: folk horror s autoricom Antonijom Mežnarić” saznajte sve o folk horroru, pogotovo onom na našim krajevima.

Jeste li slušali krvave narodne priče kad ste bili mali? Palili krijesove, prisustvovali folklornim ritualima kojima se tjera zima, a priziva proljeće? Folk horror crpi inspiraciju iz tradicije, ali ne gleda je kroz ružičaste naočale, nego stisnutog daha očekuje ono najgore. Pridružite nam se na razgovoru s autoricom folk horrora Antonijom Mežnarić i njenom urednicom Vesnom Kurilić, na kojem će pričati o ovome podžanru, slavenskom folkloru kao izvoru strave i užasa, te otkriti možda pokoju preporuku za čitanje i gledanje.

U niskom startu za veliko finale Eurovizije, kojem se i naši autori vesele, – Shtrigin program nastavljamo u subotu u 14h, u Sivoj sobi, točkom “Romantika u spekulativnoj fikciji s autoricom Vesnom Kurilić”.

Romantični zapleti idu ruku pod ruku sa spekulativnom fikcijom još otkako postoje i jedni i drugi. Od antičkih mitova preko AO3, višetomnih urban fantasy serijala i modrokožih aliena, pa sve do naše male, cvatuće, domaće žanrovske scene, presuda je jasna: oboje je bolje! O tome kako i zašto čitati i pisati romantične podžanrove, što sve pisci romantičnih zapleta mogu ponuditi čitateljima i fanovima, te koje su najčešće “nevidljive” greške kad se bacimo naglavačke s balkona kuće Capuleti direktno među zvijezde, razgovarat će Vesna Kurilić, autorica serijala Ranger Paraversum, i njena urednica, Antonija Mežnarić.

Sferakonski vikend završavamo u velikom stilu, u nedjelju u 13h u dvorani D1, točkom “Urbana fantastika od New Yorka do Rijeke: razgovor s autorom Igorom Rendićem”.

Kako od ljubitelja urbane fantastike nastane pisac iste? Ima li mjesta za jednu malu Rijeku na svjetskoj karti slavnih, velikih, magičnih gradova? Svi putevi možda vode u Rim, ali na ovom SFeraKonu, višestruko nagrađivani autor Igor Rendić, u razgovoru sa svojom nakladnicom, odvest će vas na magično putovanje tajnim urbanim sredinama i putem preporučiti nove knjige za vaš TBR.

Pridružite nam se na SFeraKonu, te u susretima s našim autorima iz prve ruke otkrijte kako nastaje fantastika!

Vidimo se u Zagrebu!



Bacite oko na cjelokupan, bogat ovogodišnji program SFeraKona 2022. – i naći ćete još puno zabavnog programa, pogotovo iz književnosti! Raspored je podložan promjenama od strane organizatora.

A Cover Reveal That Will Eat at You

As promised, today we’re sharing with you the cover for our upcoming summer release: a horror novella of aquatic dread and eco disasters, It Eats Us From the Inside by Antonija Mežnarić.

Are you ready?

This suffocatingly great cover was made by Antonio Filipović. He’s an illustrator and graphic design artist, and as a part of the collaboration with our local Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka, he’s previously worked on the illustrations for a story in the Mistress of Geese collection. We’re happy that we got him to work on Antonija’s newest book, too!


The only reason Doris agreed to go back to her hometown on the Northern Adriatic coast was her wife’s insistence to go and visit her father, house-ridden and slowly dying from a mysterious illness that eats at him from the inside.

But under the surface of the family reunion lie old tales and hidden regret, while from the sea comes a creeping threat to the town and beyond, slowly but surely spreading farther from the coast.

Taken at the tide of change, nothing and no one will stay the same.

It Eats Us From the Inside will be out on June 23rd, 2022, in ebook and paperback.

Pre-order links and more info coming soon.

You can add it on Goodreads and The Storygraph.

Coming This Summer: a Tale of Regret and Aquatic Dread

We have exciting news for this summer season. A brand new horror novella, It Eats Us From the Inside, by Antonija Mežnarić, will take you to the slumbering coastal town on the Northern Adriatic where strange things are brewing under the surface of the calm sea. Perfect reading for the beach. Or is it?

The only reason Doris agreed to go back to her hometown on the Northern Adriatic coast was her wife’s insistence to go and visit her father, house-ridden and slowly dying from a mysterious illness that eats at him from the inside.

But under the surface of the family reunion lie old tales and hidden regret, while from the sea comes a creeping threat to the town and beyond, slowly but surely spreading farther from the coast.

Taken at the tide of change, nothing and no one will stay the same.

It Eats Us From the Inside is a quiet, claustrophobic near-future horror novella about changes from the outside and from within, ecological disaster, aquatic dread and Slavic folklore.

The novella will be published in ebook and paperback on June 23rd 2022. Cover coming soon.

Donation Announcement

As a Slavic-owned publishing house which specializes in local folklore and themes—and as Slavic people ourselves—we’ve been watching the news from Ukraine with heavy hearts and an even heavier conscience. Especially since, as Croatians, all of us—owners and writers at Shtriga—have lived through the war for Croatian independence as children, so this hits close and we wanted to add in our contribution, if small, to keeping people in Ukraine safe.

After careful consideration, and with the time constraints, as of today, in agreement and with thanks to the authors currently with Shtriga, all of our royalties made this week, from all of our titles on all platforms, will be donated to Vostok SoS – an Ukrainian based NGO helping people during this crisis. We hope our tiny drop of support will bring at least a tiny drop of relief to somebody there. We also encourage you, if you’re in the position, to donate on your own, to any of these organizations: United Help Ukraine, Nova Ukraine, Voices of Children, Sunflower for Peace (fundraiser), Project HOPE, Save the Children, or check your local Red Cross and Caritas organizations for other types of help.

Thank you and keep safe!

Book Club Kit: A Town Called River

We’re always overjoyed when we learn that a book club somewhere is interested in our books and want to read them and discuss them. So, we wanted to make a little something for those who want to host a discussion for our Slavic urban fantasy novel A Town Called River by Igor Rendić, who is an active book clubber himself.

We present to you the ATCR book club kit:

Inside you can find: Igor’s letter to his readers, a little something about folklore behind the story and a few interesting tidbits about the town of Rijeka (the town called River), a personality quiz, and, of course, discussion questions suggestions. Book Club Kit is available for free download.

Also, good to know is that A Town Called River is available on services like OverDrive, Bibliotheca, Borrow Box, Scribd and for, Croatians, ZaKi Book (so if you know your library uses ZaKi Book, but don’t see this book in you ebook catalogue, you can try to request it through your library).

Let us know how it went and feel free to tag us @shtrigabooks on social media. 🙂

Open Call: Slavic Supernatural Anthology

Shtriga is currently open for short story submissions for our first ever anthology. We’re looking for supernatural stories inspired by Slavic mythology and folklore. It can be any type of fantasy subgenre—for example, urban, epic, dark and historical fantasy, paranormal romance; any type of horror, gothic romances and such—it just needs to have a supernatural element based on, or directly inspired by, Slavic myths or folktales.

Think of stories with the Slavic pantheon, or stories with creatures from folklore, like the rusalka luring people to the river, the pesky aždaja living in the lake and brewing trouble, shapeshifting štrigas or, maybe, a modern twist on the Baba Yaga dealing with climate change. You have a favorite Slavic folk tale and want to do a modern retelling? We also accept that! It just needs to be your original story and previously unpublished in English (so, no reprints—and please make sure that you still hold worldwide English rights).

Length: 4000 – 8000 words
Payment: $35 per story, one-time payment
Format: ebook and paperback
Deadline: May 2nd, 2022
Language: English

We accept simultaneous submissions—please let us know if that’s the case with your story—but no multiple submissions (only one story per author). We’re open internationally and you don’t need to be Slavic to submit a story to this anthology, you just need to have a PayPal account to receive the payment. Please note that we will be accepting work which has been previously unpublished in English only. The anthology is planned for publication in late 2022.

Email your submission to shtrigabooks@gmail.com with “Slavic Supernatural [your name] [your story title]” in the subject line. We accept submissions in .odt and .docx. Please use Times New Roman 12, double spaced, with no tabs (use indentations instead). Please include author name and manuscript title in the document header. 

We’re looking forward to reading your stories!


Shtriga is a small indie publishing cottage from Croatia, with a background in horror, urban fantasy and retrofuturistic mystery. All of our books are produced with love and by a small team of local professionals. We believe in diverse stories and high quality speculative fiction for all.


Artwork by Antonio Filipović, inspired by Polish sculptures known as the “Old Prussian Hags”.

Newest Release: A Town Called River

Are you interested in urban fantasy? How about Slavic folklore? Stories about people with supernatural powers, like krsniks, who are tasked with the responsibility of keeping the powerless safe from those who would harm them. Or stories about dangerous moras who hunt while you sleep. Or tales about evil shtrigas out to get your… blood? Well, then, you’re in luck, because our newest book, A Town Called River by Igor Rendić, is now out and available to read. Step on a journey with Paul, a new krsnik who’s plunged unexpectedly into this secret world of magic after the death of his powerful grandma. He came back to his hometown to get his inheritance, thinking it will only be a stuffy apartment. Instead, he got magic, secrets and a stack of unsolved problems.

The city of Rijeka lost its great protector and the heir is a bit lost in translation.

Get this tale about legacy, family, identity and belonging through your favorite store.

Meanwhile, if you prefer paperback, it’s going to be out in a few more weeks. Follow this space or our socials for the paperback release date.


The publication of this book has been funded by the City of Rijeka.