Friday, April 27, 2018

She Walks In Shadows

She walks in Shadows is an all female collection of short stories, poetry and artwork, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles, and published by Innsmouth Free Press. I got a pre-order copy for my birthday back when it was released in October and finally got round to reading it over the xmas break, and have just finished reading it (2015, I take a long time to write and finish these posts sometimes).

As with all collections of short stories, there are some that resonate with you and draw you in, making you wish they were longer, and others that just don't catch your imagination. With this collection, I am glad to say there were more of the former than the latter.

Without going into an in depth analysis of each story, I'll just pick out a couple of the stories I really liked.

Violet is the Colour of your Energy by Nadia Bulkin, was a particularly creepy one. Essentially a modern retelling of the The Colour out of Space. What was unnerving about this was that it was written from the first person perspective, worse, that of the wife who ends in the attic. More on the reasoning behind the tale (as well as a playlist to go with it) can be found here.

Another of my favourite stories in this volume was Magna Mater, by  Arinn Dembo which delves into the mythos behind the Lovecraft tale, Facts concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family. This one really got my gaming juices flowing, leading to this post on some thoughts on a Pulp Cthulhu game/campaign. but more of that in a future post.

In all, I really enjoyed this book, and you should go check it out.

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