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WINNER, Short Story Collection of the Year, THIS IS HORROR
Contains the BRAM STOKER AWARD-nominated story "Sing Me Your Scars"

Sometimes a thread pulled through the flesh is all that holds you together. Sometimes the blade of a knife or the point of a nail is the only way you know you’re real. When pain becomes art and a quarter is buried deep within in you, all you want is
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Apex Book Company (first published February 15th 2015)
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Janie C.
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like the title story, Sing Me Your Scars is a book of many parts. Each part has it's own voice, and each voice has it's own way of expressing what it is made of. These stories are built from pain and damage, healing and magic. Desolation gives way to the promise of light, while dark abilities are used for positive reconstruction. The characters in this book are striving to be whole. But before they can reach their goal, they must search within themselves so that they can say - to borrow a quote ...more
Althea Ann
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the title story only, which is available for free online: http://www.apex-magazine.com/sing-me-...

A disturbing but ultimately empowering tale of a mad doctor and his amalgamate creation. I've read a lot of stories inspired by 'Frankenstein,' but this one brings a fresh twist to the genre - although it abandons the ethics-of-scientific-research concern for more of a serial killer/victim theme.
Walters is a new author to me, but after reading this, I'll have my eye out for more by her.
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
This is a remarkable book of short stories. Most of these stories share the common thread of loss. There a stories that are so disturbing that they hit a nerve. There is one story, in particular,that I wished had been a full length book,it was both sorrowful and enchanting.
The writing is engaging, moving,and pleasurable. I will continue to follow this author,I Highly recommend their work.
Frank Errington
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The Apex Voices series continues with book #03, Sing Me Your Scars, a winning collection of speculative shorts from Damien Angelica Walters. If you've not heard of Damien Angelica Walters, well that's sort of the point of this series, which aims to introduce the reader to writers who are making waves, but are still relatively unknown.

This collection fittingly begins with the title story which is one of the best shorts I've ever read. The way it was told was a bit like piecing together
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Ian Welke
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sing Me Your Scars is aptly titled. It hits hard, leaves a mark or a scar, and many of the stories feel as if they’re being sung in a mythic sense. There’s a fairytale like feel to many of the stories, not in the “happily ever after” meaning of fairytale, but more in the brutal unvarnished original versions of the tales. Characters are often referred to as “the woman” or “the girl” , “the man” or “the boy,” and while the characters feel real in the story they also take on an archetypal sense. Th ...more
Spencer
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written collection of dark fantasy and intimate horror. Despite the variety of themes raw emotion imbues all of these stories, bringing them together in a collage of pain and despair. Damien Angelica Walters is an exceptionally talented writer that never disappoints!
Ian Casey
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Memories are the real magic, perhaps the only pure magic left in the world. Hold them tight as long as you can.

It's weird fiction, Jim, but not as we know it. Whilst Sing Me Your Scars doesn't completely defy the form, it does deviate from the average. For one thing, it has a generous helping of what I'd call magical realism, albeit that term is notoriously ill-defined. And while there's certainly some horror here, the collection focuses heavily on the intimate and the personal whilst eschewing
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John Smith
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These are emotionally wrenching tales sculpted from the body, digging to the bone, the brain, the essence of what it means to be alive and human and, primarily, female, though any reader with a wee bit of empathy can fully relate to the splendor, dread, and often grim circumstances overcome in many cases. Rich, enthralling, felt as much as read. Walters’ tales wipe me out, exhaust me; it’s as if I live in them, an astonishing experience. She’s one of our best and a writer well worth the attentio ...more
Suzanne Rooyen
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A literary festival of the macabre with devastatingly exquisite writing. Full review coming soon...
Justin
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, short-stories
Part I: Here
“Sing Me Your Scars”
A bunch of girls cut up and sewn together try to find freedom from their creator and doctor. The concept, characters, and style captivated me with its originality and dark elegance. 5/5

“All the Pieces We Leave Behind”
A woman who works at a bookstore and lives in the city struggles to find her authentic self—this explored human selfishness and altruism manifesting in external forms of color enveloping us. 4/5

“Girl, With Coin”
A girl born without the ability to feel
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Carina Bissett
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The day I stumbled upon the gorgeous prose of Damien Angelica Walters was a happy accident – one that has had a profound impact on me as both a reader and a writer. The first story I read by this warm-hearted woman was “Grey in the Gauge of His Storm,” originally published by Apex Magazine and included in the third part of Walters' short story collection debut "Sing Me Your Scars." With the first paragraph, this lyrical story hit me hard.

“Pattern:
Every lining has a cloud, be it a worn spot, a me
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Anthony
It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Damien Angelica Walters' work, and so I was overjoyed that Apex was releasing her first collection of short stories this year. The collection does not disappoint and lives up to the description on the back cover. Walters' stories range from retellings of classic myths (Medusa in "Always, They Whisper") and variations on classic horror themes (Frankenstein-ian monsters / golems in "Sing Me Your Scars;" the zombie apocalypse in "And All The World Says Hush") ...more
J.D.
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was given an electronic copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. This is a solid, rich collection, with quite a bit of horror—some of it in the “sensitive readers be advised” range—but also stories in the magical, surrealistic end of things.

Walters has a deliberately clear style, and if this would be music, I’d say these are pieces written for the violin; they’d make in the reader’s mind a distinctive, high-pitched sound, lovely but at times screechy, and occasiona
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Jaffa Kintigh
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Frankenstein myth turns the concept of Monster on it's head. Is it the entity who's pieced together from the previously dead parts of multiple people? Or is it the scientist who'd even venture into said types of experiments?

This unique variation filters through the mind of Kimberly, the predominant personality of a pieced-together person that died naturally in an Influenza Pandemic. However, she can hear the voices and personalities of her body's component parts. The doctor, meanwhile, isn'
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Nicole
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Haunting, colourful, filled with anguish and tears and sometimes even hope, Sing Me Your Scars is a wonderful collection of short stories by the deeply talented Damien Angelica Walters. Each story took my breath away. They all were filled with such emotion that it was hard to separate myself from each character and what they were going through.

If I had to choose a favourite story, it would be Girl, With Coin, about a young woman who can cut herself open but the wounds heal quickly, so that she d
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E.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I know zee author, but that doesn't take away from the delight in this book. What's swell is, if you've been following Damien's fiction online, there are EIGHT NEW STORIES in here. Stories you can't find ANYWHERE ELSE, so gracious sakes, pick it up!
M Griffin
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very fine collection, beautifully written, harrowing and painful. Damien Angelica Walters is one of my favorite writers.
S.J. Budd
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Damien Angelica Walters can often be found gracing the pages of every fiction magazine other writers dream of appearing in; Black Static, Apex, Interzone, Shimmer, Nightmare Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.



Sing Me Your Scars is Damien Angelica Walter's debut short story collection. Composed of three parts it contains 20 stories of suffering and sorrow, of misfits and damaged people. These are the stories of a dark underworld that
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Paul S
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a darkly beautiful collection of stories! Tearing, stitching, reweaving...these stories of transformation, defiance, loss and sorrow are told with skill and openness. Transcending narrow genre labels, graceful even at their most disturbing, the tales in this collection will linger long in my memory and, I am certain, reward frequent revisiting in the future. I was not familiar with Damien Angelica Walters' work prior to reading Sing Me Your Scars, but I will now eagerly seek out her past an ...more
Clint
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I don’t often review short story collections, despite the fact that the SS is what I read the most of. Rarely do I read a collection straight through, preferring to read several collections at once as I nibble at one volume only to switch to a different volume for heavier/lighter fare as the case may be; however, I mostly read themed collections consisting of multiple authors.

I picked this collection up based upon a review I read earlier in the year at Cemetery Dance (a magazine of horror, once
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Scott Hallam
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dark, emotional short stories that wrench your heart. Damien Angelica Walters is a master of her craft. If all you read is King, take a chance with Walters, and you will be rewarded. If your heart can handle it. Highly recommended.
Jc11king
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

Sing Me Your Scars 2
All the Pieces We Leave Behind 1
Girl, With Coin 1
Paskutinis Iliuzija (The Last Illusion) 4
Glass Boxes and Clockwork Gods 1
Sugar, Sin and Nonsuch Henry 4

Running Empty in a Land of Decay 3
Scarred 5
The Taste of Tears in a Raindrop 3
Always, They Whisper 3
Disphonia in D Minor 3
Shall I Whisper to You of Moonlight 4
Immolation: A Love Story 3

Melancholia in Bloom 2.5
Iron and Wood, Nail and Bone 3
And All the World Says Hush 1
They Make of You A Monster 2
Paper Thin Roses of Mayb
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Ken Jensen
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing collection. Pick this up.
Christa
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's rare that I absolutely LOVE every single story in a single-author collection, but that has happened with 'Sing Me Your Scars.' Paskutinis Iliuzija (The Last Illusion) is perhaps one of my favorite short stories of all time. It was just so beautiful, I went back and read it a second time, which for a self-professed book addict who is always looking for her next fix, is an unheard of way to spend valuable reading time. I also felt that the last three stories, 'Paper Thin Roses of Maybe,' 'Gre ...more
Caragh
May 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, lter, short-stories
Note: I received this collection free from librarything early reviewers club in exchange for an honest review.

Damien Angelica Walters is a new author to me, and to be honest, a bit of a mixed success. When it works, it really works: some of the stories are absolutely beautiful, if heart-breaking. Others are lovely and horrific. But when it doesn't work, it's just... bland. The last section of the book is the best.


The title story, Sing Me Your Scars, did not impress me very much honestly. I read
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Eviscerating Pen
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Damien is one of a recent rash of writers who are reclaiming the term Speculative Fiction, reminding us that, in these imaginary worlds, literally anything is possible. It reminds me of some the the old weird fiction of the early 20th century, without the rampant racism, classism and sexism. This is a woman who can give us the point of view of a cloth doll torn to pieces by violence and love (in “Grey in the Gauge of His Storm”), rose petals and an old wooden box that hold pieces of the past for ...more
A.F. Grappin
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to think when I picked up this anthology. I quickly got sucked into the stories, though, and there were some really great narratives in this collection. There were a fair few I didn't care for, but the majority were engaging and compelling, and I hated it when they ended. Maybe a handful of them were so interesting to me that I wanted them to be novels in their own rights.

Overall, I was intrigued with the variations on the theme of pain Walters explored. From physical to emoti
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Claudia
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Because I loved Paper Tigers so much I had to search out more work from Walters. Sing Me Your Scars is filled with anger, pain, frustration, terror and despair that is presented to the reader in a way that is both delicate and powerful. There are stories in this collection that require immediate re-reading. "Grey in the Gauge of His Storm" is the most thoughtful and realistic story of abuse and women's inability to escape that I have ever encountered. The fabric metaphor is stunning.
"Girl With
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Evija
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won this book through librarything.com giveaway. When I started to read, I had no clue what kind of stories those will be, so that first story really came as a surprise. I couldn't and couldn't grasp what is going on there till I got in the middle of it. I was suprised and shocked but wasn't disgusted at all. I think it's a great and original style of talking about problems we encounter every day, and it's a fine way to give to the feelings and emotions the body and soul.
All stories were reall
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Nikki Kincaid
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first heard of Damien Angelica Walters through a quick reference somewhere or another. It's not important. The important thing is that after having read that blurb, I immediately bought Sing Me Your Scars. I knew immediately that I wanted to read Walters, and I wasn't disappointed. Her short stories are gripping, unique, and subtle (but not so subtle that you have no idea what's going on). I loved her writing style and the way she's able to elicit atmosphere and texture in her prose through a ...more
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Damien Angelica Walters is the author of the forthcoming The Dead Girls Club, Cry Your Way Home, Paper Tigers, and Sing Me Your Scars, winner of the 2015 This is Horror Award for Short Story Collection of the Year. Her short fiction has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award, reprinted in The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and The Year's Best Weird Fiction, and published in various an ...more