“Damnation Island should be your page-turning horror read for the summer. Horn’s book is uniquely arranged almost like a guide book, venturing from one institution to the next, discovering intimate stories of mayhem and malfeasance more unbelievable than the last.” —The Bowery Boys Podcast
“Teeter-tottering between a history textbook and a murder mystery, Stacy Horn’s Damnation Island is fast moving and entrenched in detail … What’s even more horrifying—it’s all real.” —BUST
This is a picture of the Workhouse, a penal institution for people convicted of minor crimes like disorderly conduct, intoxication and vagrancy. It was the largest penal institution in America at the time.