“Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance” edited by Mitzi Szereto

Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance is a collection of fifteen erotic short stories featuring ghosts, werewolves, vampires, and things that go bump (see what I did there?) in the night.  The stories draw on the gothic literary tradition, which at its heart has always paired romanticism with apprehension of the unknown.  This is oneRead more

“The Doll Collection” edited by Ellen Datlow

Dolls are a staple in horror media, and for good reason.  They’re similar enough to us that we can see ourselves in them, and yet alien enough to be unnerving.  The Doll Collection, edited by anthologist Ellen Datlow, presents seventeen short stories, each of which feature dolls.  But the dolls in this collection are not themselves soRead more

“Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances” by Neil Gaiman

Trigger Warning is a new collection of short stories (and a handful of poems) by Neil Gaiman, an author much loved for his ability to craft worlds that are breathtaking and disturbing.  I’ve read many of Gaiman’s previous books, and so was delighted to hear that he was releasing another collection of stories.  While I’veRead more

“Falling in Love with Hominids” by Nalo Hopkinson

Falling in Love with Homids is a short story collection written by Nalo Hopkinson, an award-winning Canadian/Caribbean fantasy author. Her books have been on my radar for some time now, and when Tachyon Publications offered me a copy of her newest anthology, I was excited to dive right in. The introduction to the collection explainsRead more

Mini-Review: “Kabu Kabu” by Nnedi Okorafor

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You know that feeling when you read something by an author and then are like “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!” because you’re blown away by these vast and rich worlds that are different that anything you’ve read about in your entire life, and you can’t stop thinking about the stories for weeks?  That’sRead more

“Unexpected Stories” by Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler (1947-2006) is one of my all-time favorite authors.  She uses the platform of speculative fiction to deeply explore themes of race and gender, dominance and submission, and the use and abuse of power.  She sheds light on the dark side of human nature and shows how exploitation can become entrenched within a people’sRead more

“Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed” by Ray Bradbury

When I was in around third or fourth grade, I read a story in a textbook that captured my imagination and helped me discover a lifelong love of reading.  Like most stories that one reads in school as a child, it faded in my memory, even though it played an important role in my life. Read more

“There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories” by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

I’m in a particularly grumpy/bitter mood tonight, so this is a perfect time to review this book. I’m too cynical to take most stories of happily ever after seriously, and love triangles make me want to puke.  This book is different. Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s most excellent collection of love stories, entitled “There Once Lived a GirlRead more

“The Call of Cthulhu” by H. P. Lovecraft

“That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” This week I chose to read “The Call of Cthulhu” by H. P. Lovecraft for Short Stories on Wednesdays, hosted by Breadcrumb Reads. I had been working my way through a collection of Lovecraft’s stories during the R.I.P. Challenge,Read more