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Selkie Stories Are for Losers by

selkie

Read online at Strange Horizons Our unnamed narrator is a teenage girl, working in a restaurant after her mother left, trying to get her father to understand that she isn’t interested in college. All she cares about is getting to a land-locked state, whether or not she should kiss Mona, and the fact that she hates selkie stories. Selkie stories,

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The Book of Apex : Vol 4

The Book of Apex - vol. 4

Part of the Apex Blog Tour hosted by The Little Red Reviewer The problem I always have with reviewing a collection of short stories is that it is, as described, a collection of different stories. What if you hate one and love another? And especially when it is a collection by different authors. Maybe you like one author’s style and

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Apex blog tour – guest post by Ian Nichols

The Book of Apex - vol. 4

Welcome to my first part of the Apex Blog Tour, kindly organised by the Little Red Reviewer, celebrating The Book of Apex: Volume Four of Apex Magazine. I’m happy to introduce Ian Nichols who wrote the guest post below on horror and monsters. DRACULA VERSUS THE HEDGEHOGS I’d really like to talk about monsters. I’ve been a reviewer for The

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Bloodstones

Bloodstones ed. Amanda Pillar

A collection of horror stories, edited by Amanda Pillar. Part of my RIP VIII reading. Table of contents Introduction – Seanan McGuire The Bull in winter – Dirk Flinthart Euryale – Nicole Murphy A small bad thing – Penelope Love A moveable feast – Jenny Blackford Dead inside – Pete Kempshall Smoke gets in your eyes – MLD Curelas Sanaa’s

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The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man’s Whore by

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via Metafilter Inspired by classic American murder ballads and folk songs such as In the pines and Knoxville Girl this tells the story of a girl, taken by a haint. There isn’t much point in me recapping the plot. There is little enough story to it, but what there is, is well told. Demory’s short story is atmospheric and wonderfully

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The Martian Chronicles by

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

First published in serial form in the 1950s The Martian Chronicles is a collection of short stories that together tell the story of humanity colonising Mars. Almost all the stories are entirely set on Mars, and deal with the effects that people have on the planet. The story opens in January 1999 with the heat of the rockets melting away

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Rappacini’s daughter [essay] by

courserascifi

This week’s essay for my Coursera Course got a 5. W00t Beatrice, Beatrice, let down your hair. Giovanni is not a pregnant woman, but his longing looks[1] into the enclosed garden next door echo the desires that resulted in Rapunzel being taken from her parents. Beatrice may live with her father but she shares many similarities with Rapunzel; she is

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Bajazzle by

cracklescape

Okay, do you remember when I “reviewed” The Isles of the sun and I said that I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on it? Well that goes double for this story. I really liked it. Was a bit squicked out by parts of it. But I have no idea what it means. Has anyone read it? If not, why

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Brutal women by

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Author Kameron Hurley has been getting a bit of coverage in the sff-world lately on account of her debut novel God’s War and to tie in with this publicity a collection of her short stories has been released. Many of these have been previously published before, but some have never been seen before. I haven’t read God’s War but it

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