I am performing girl performing slut performing real person performing fantasy. It’s a complex performance and I am very good. I am so good that it becomes confusing.
“[Banzhaf] writes like heaven, and it’s a drug I badly want. Wolf down Pony Castle, then eat every last sweet, singing crumb.”
– Lynn Crosbie, author of Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
“Sofia Banzhaf creates a captivating world where nothing is free and anything can happen.”
– Chelsea Hodson, author of Pity the Animal
“Pony Castle reads like a line of crushed pill up the nose: a quick breath in and then the rush. Banzhaf’s writing is a straight chute to the most depraved of human behaviors, but within this brutal world, she finds grace and humanity.”
– Sarah Gerard, author of Binary Star
Life is snaking its way through the characters in Pony Castle. Bad things are happening to good people. Winner of the 2015 Metatron Prize, Sofia Banzhaf’s literary debut is enthralling, like staring into the dark and seeing a prism.
Sofia Banzhaf was raised in Germany and Newfoundland. She now lives in Toronto. Pony Castle is her first book.
Pony Castle was handpicked by Amazon and published as a Kindle Single. Available here.
First edition, second printing
Cover art by Flora Hammond
Press & Reviews
“Never quite poetry, and yet always dancing along those lines.”
“Banzhaf grants us access to the internal narrative of mundane actions. Then her language turns them into poetry.”
“Sofia Banzhaf’s Pony Castle is a work of beautiful entropy that centres on a dark metamorphosis.”
“THIS BOOK IS THE KIND OF SAD THAT MAKES YOU FEEL EMPTY. READ IT & READ IT BUT REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT EMPTY.”
“Pony Castle is raw and honest, with incredibly striking images blooming from stripped down vocabulary. It is captivating and vulnerable.”
“[Pony Castle] makes me want to never want to read male writers again in my life.”
“Pony Castle is like a tart candy.”
– Daphné Cheyenne, Drawn & Quarterly’s November 2015 Staff Pick