Mercedes M. Yardley

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Mercedes M. Yardley is a whimsical dark fantasist who wears poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of Beautiful Sorrows, the Stabby Award-winning Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, Pretty Little Dead Girls, and Nameless. She won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for her story Little Dead Red and was a Bram Stoker Award nominee for her short story “Loving You Darkly.” Mercedes is editor of the dark fiction anthology Arterial Bloom. You can find her at mercedesmyardley.com.

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Mercedes M. Yardley Gwen, that makes me smile!

I released three books last year, and that schedule was a little grueling. I'm giving myself November and December to finish…more
Gwen, that makes me smile!

I released three books last year, and that schedule was a little grueling. I'm giving myself November and December to finish two novellas and possibly work on a novel just for me. I'm hitting the Sequel to Nameless (currently titled Relentless) hard in January. It should hopefully be out next year. It's plotted, just not written. Thank you so much for asking!(less)
Mercedes M. Yardley Hi Lanie! That makes me so happy to hear! Thank you!

I put out three books this year (Whew!) and gave myself some time off. The good news is that Book …more
Hi Lanie! That makes me so happy to hear! Thank you!

I put out three books this year (Whew!) and gave myself some time off. The good news is that Book 2 (and 3) are plotted out. I start writing Book 2 sometime next week. It's much darker than Nameless and it has quite a bit to do with Mouth. Hopefully it will be out in 2015, but we'll have to see. I bit off more than I could chew at one time. ;)

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Pretty Little Dead Girls

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One of my favorite things about Josh Malerman is the diversity of his books. He writes fast, he writes a lot, and each book of his is different. Inspection is a dystopian-type book that begins slow and careens into a powerful ending. It was too slow ...more
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I love that Black Sun brings fantasy to indigenous cultures and also represents different voices, but I struggled to care about most of the characters. I wasn't particularly concerned when they were in danger and felt like the book, as a whole, was t ...more
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Butcher is a lovely, fierce, unapologetic exploration of rage and grief. It manages to be both elevated and accessible, discussing the pain of a loving someone chronically drunk as well as somebody who was murdered. It's both tender and angry, lovely ...more
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Marzioli's collection is SOLID. It's well-written, has interesting twists and turns, and is high quality work. The stories are equally grim and clever, and cover everything from religion to children. He manages to show violence while also showing hum ...more
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This is a practical book written in a warm, friendly tone. It not only contains genuinely helpful advice, but gives several writing prompts and exercises. They won't all be your cup of tea, but if you're dealing with brain fog, this little gem is val ...more
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This book was a lot of fun. It was twisty, turny, and full of stalking, paranoia, and secrets. You'll need to suspend your disbelief for this one and let it take you into some really unexpected places. There were sections that were poignant and other ...more
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“Do you mind,” he asked politely, “if I slide my blade under your skin, just a little?”
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“For the first time I saw Death as somebody to fear instead of the gangly sack of bones who ate all of my Cheetos and saved over my games on the Playstation.”
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“Lu felt his heart do a strange thing. It hurt. It opened. It beat.”
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“For the first time I saw Death as somebody to fear instead of the gangly sack of bones who ate all of my Cheetos and saved over my games on the Playstation.”
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“Lu felt his heart do a strange thing. It hurt. It opened. It beat.”
Mercedes M. Yardley, Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love

“It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.”
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“Do you mind,” he asked politely, “if I slide my blade under your skin, just a little?”
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“Maybe princes aren’t real,” Sada said. Her eyes were crafty and sad at the same time. “But monsters are.” She opened her mouth wide and showed Azhar the wildflowers sitting on her tongue.”
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