Carving Up the Truth: Review of Nibedita Sen’s “Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island”

It has been a while since the day job has allowed me time to read and review a speculative short story. And just as I put away the school year for the summer, I read "Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island" by Nibedita Sen in Nightmare Magazine, a … Continue reading Carving Up the Truth: Review of Nibedita Sen’s “Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island”

Transporting the Soul: Review of T. K. Lê’s “2086”

I am teaching an introductory literature course on speculative fiction this semester, and I always feel a responsibility to teach my students a broad range of perspectives and approaches in the class. So, instead of primarily teaching the "classics," I like to present a mix of new and old stories. A week or so ago, … Continue reading Transporting the Soul: Review of T. K. Lê’s “2086”

A Witch’s Woes: Review of “Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, and I Love You” by L’Erin Ogle

Metaphorosis is a speculative fiction journal rising in recognition and it hosts an array of stories in keeping with its tagline: Beautifully Made Speculative Fiction. In honor of having a few days off from work, I read Ogle's poignant story "Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, and I Love You." Self-identifying as a mother and an emergency-room nurse, … Continue reading A Witch’s Woes: Review of “Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, and I Love You” by L’Erin Ogle

Skinchanger: Review of “The Pull of the Herd” by Suzan Palumbo

  The great thing about Palumbo's story (well, one of the many great things) is the complexity of the relationships in it. "The Pull of the Herd" appears in issue 5 of Anathema, the title of which should already give you a hint about their editorial focus: to provide a home for the "exceptional work … Continue reading Skinchanger: Review of “The Pull of the Herd” by Suzan Palumbo

Contamination: Review of “The Singing Wind and the Golden Hour” by Nicole Feldringer

Feldringer's protagonist, Kala, is a photographer--and evocative images are strewn throughout this fascinating story. "The Singing Wind and the Golden Hour" is July's story on GigaNotoSaurus, a webzine that caters to stories with high wordcounts. The story tracks the attempts of Kala, and her friend Abe, to expose the truth behind an illness that suddenly … Continue reading Contamination: Review of “The Singing Wind and the Golden Hour” by Nicole Feldringer

Revolutions: Review of “Seven Turns Around the Sacred Fire” by Meera Jhala

"Seven Turns Around the Sacred Fire," by Meera Jhala, appears in the Summer 2018 issue of Kaleidotrope. It is a story about a married couple who endures many lifetimes together (seven in accordance with their marriage ritual to take seven turns around a sacred flame). And it is beautiful. It won me over. The contextualization … Continue reading Revolutions: Review of “Seven Turns Around the Sacred Fire” by Meera Jhala

Words as Tools: Review of “The Bridge” by Yukyan Lam

Sometimes you read a story that just makes you revel in the words themselves--words like obsidian, amaranth, and tenebrous. The words are sensuous, jewel-like and complementary to the plot. In this case, the words primarily speak to sight, but sight and emotion are very closely linked in Lam's "The Bridge." This story appears in Issue … Continue reading Words as Tools: Review of “The Bridge” by Yukyan Lam