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In Your Face = Trigger Warnings

This book contains twenty-two original and reprinted speculative fiction stories dealing with provocative themes. These stories are confronting, but with a firm purpose. They will make you uncomfortable, because they are a bit too hard-hitting or close to the bone. But they will also challenge you, by interrogating these themes and ideas to m
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published 2016 by Fablecroft Publishing
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Lauredhel
This was great! And horrifying, obviously. All the content warnings apply, as you might expect from the description. Most of these stories don't deal with splatter or gore horror so much as a deeper horror - horrendous inequality situations, sexual violence, animal abuse, and very messed-up societies; with a smattering of fantasy to change up the mood. And I finally read Wives. Nearish-future climate apocalypse Australia, where the government is dismantling and becoming replaced by the criminal ...more
Darren Goossens
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Review from https://darrengoossens.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/in-your-face-a-not-quite-impartial-review/.

First, a statement of conflict of interest: I have a story in this book. Having said that, I can easily talk about the strongest stories without mentioning my own...

The front cover of <i>In Your Face</i>. Yes, it's ugly.
The front cover of In Your Face. Yes, it's ugly.

The book sets itself to tackle potentially distressing subject matter, things that challenge what we think is ‘right‘ by showing the justification for the dark side, for example. Or
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Liz
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A disturbing anthology, as it says on the box - and it delivers. Some of the stories weren't up my alley, but all were interesting choices. It took me a while to finish this one, because there was so much to think about. Standouts for me were: Tansy Rayner Roberts' Letters to Cleopatra, and Thoraiya Dyer's Where the Pelican Builds her Nest.
Freya Marske
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Ahh, I waffled hard between 3 and 4 stars on this one, because my main problem with it was that I didn't enjoy the reading experience for a good half of the anthology. Which I partly expected, given the theme of it -- these stories aren't meant to be light or approachable or fun -- but partly didn't. Indeed, some of the stories that made me the most uncomfortable, I appreciated as being excellent stories nonetheless. Standouts for me were Jason Nahrung's "A House In The Blue" (partly because it ...more
Matthew Morrison
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another stellar anthology from Fablecroft Publishing. But tread with caution: trigger warnings abound.

In the interests of full disclosure, I had the pleasure of proofreading this book. But I'm certain I'd gush about it even without that association. The book is packed with short stories from some of the best contemporary speculative fiction authors. And all stories touch on taboo or uncomfortable subjects (which I absolutely relish).

Some of my personal faves were...

Kaaron Warren's 'All Roll Over
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Rivqa
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
From grim misogynistic dystopias to domestic violence very much in the here and now, this book delivers exactly what it says on the tin. While some stories unsettled more purposefully than others, those that hit their mark did so very well (Cat Sparks, Kaaron Warren and Stephanie Lai all contributed stories that have stuck with me, belated as this review is).
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
This book is an entry in the Aurealis Awards for 2016, for which I am a judge. Any review will be withheld until the results of the awards are announced.
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