Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The book will be published on February 3, 2015, and is available to pre-order on Amazon. There are still things that profoundly upset me when I encounter them, whether it’s on the web or the word or in the world. They neverContinue reading “Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman”

August Heat by W.F. Harvey

The story, August Heat by W.F. Harvey, can be read online here. It stands on a jagged border separating horror from philosophy. Its mood is simple and alluring. This story is better listened to than read. Here is a twelve minute audio version of the story. An artist paints a picture of a man condemnedContinue reading “August Heat by W.F. Harvey”

John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by Angela Carter (from American Ghosts and Old World Wonders)

When I discovered that Delia at Postcards from Asia and Caroline at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat were hosting the Angela Carter Week from 8th to 15th June, I immediately signed up. Then I skipped off to Wikipedia and saw, alongside that interesting picture, that she was an English writer known for her feminism, magicalContinue reading “John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by Angela Carter (from American Ghosts and Old World Wonders)”

Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night by Shelly Lowenkopf

About the book: Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night brings a number of Shelly Lowenkopf’s previously published short stories together in a single volume. All the stories revolve around life in Santa Barbara, the oceanside city north of Los Angeles, where people go after they’ve burned out in San FranciscoContinue reading “Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out Late at Night by Shelly Lowenkopf”

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke

This is my first read for the Once Upon a Time VIII challenge, for the Short Story Quest. The Once Upon a Time Challenge is a reading and viewing event for the four broad genres of fairy tale, fantasy, folklore and mythology. I plan to participate with Quest the First (reading at least five booksContinue reading “The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke”

A Good Marriage (from Full Dark, No Stars) by Stephen King – Wrapping up King’s March

A Good Marriage is the final story in this amazing short story collection, Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King. It’s a 100 page novella and makes a greatly disturbing read. If I think about it, this story has less gore as compared to Big Driver, hardly any violent graphic detail unlike 1922 and itContinue reading “A Good Marriage (from Full Dark, No Stars) by Stephen King – Wrapping up King’s March”

Big Driver & Fair Extension (from Full Dark, No Stars) by Stephen King + a few links

First of all, I think Full Dark, No Stars is right up there with the bests of Stephen King. Not for the first time, he’s proved that ghosts don’t have to be translucent white spirits that lurk in and around abandoned houses. These are stories about the terrible frightening ghosts in our minds.  I readContinue reading “Big Driver & Fair Extension (from Full Dark, No Stars) by Stephen King + a few links”

1922 (from Full Dark No Stars) by Stephen King

(I love this book already, and my new Stephen King bookmark, which I’m going to take with me everywhere I go. This review is for King’s March.) The back cover of the book asks us a question, hinting towards the nature of the whole collection of stories: What tips someone over the edge to commitContinue reading “1922 (from Full Dark No Stars) by Stephen King”

Fiction (from Too Much Happiness) by Alice Munro

I read Dimension by Alice Munro a little less than a month ago – after reading about her at Viktoria’s Bookshelf. It’s a haunting story published, like many others by Munro, in the New Yorker. When I realized it was part of a collection, ironically titled Too Much Happiness, I could hardly wait to getContinue reading “Fiction (from Too Much Happiness) by Alice Munro”

Reading Hector Hugh Munro aka Saki

Last night I noticed this huge monster of a book on the shelf called the World’s Great Selected Short Stories. I’d always thought it looked kind of dull, had never opened it and vaguely knew that it had stories by just the kind of renowned writers, whom I have only ever read in text books.Continue reading “Reading Hector Hugh Munro aka Saki”