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Strange California is 26 tales of strangeness, lavishly illustrated, that will pull you into another world, a world where migrant girls stand up to witches who live in orange groves, where trickster magpies try to steal souls from Russian sisters in the early days of Fort Bragg, where water is both currency and predator, and Gold Rush-era ghosts wander the streets of San F ...more
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Falstaff Books
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Michael Burnam-Fink
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, horror, fantasy, fiction
As the introductory essay makes clear, California is a state at home with the uncanny. Defined by generations of seekers and dreamers, from the Gold Rush to Hollywood to Silicon Valley, California is the kind of place where strange and normal are neighbors in the same ticky-tacky subdivision. What you get in this collection are 26 stories (and beautiful cover artworks) about California ranging from horror to fantasy to scifi, but mostly in that liminal gothic slipstream genre pioneered by (adopt ...more
Elizabeth Forest
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I participated in the Kickstarter campaign to publish this book and was very happy with the result. I knew one of the authors from being in workshop with her. I loved her work and wanted to support it, but there are many well-known sf writers included here, as well. There are a range of styles - from horror to lyrical fairy tale to noirish realism with an unexpected twist. I enjoyed it very much.
Loren
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's an amazing variety in this big book of short stories set in a spectrum of Californias that are not quite the world we know. The book opens with Seanan McGuire's "Great Tarantula Migration of 1972." The horror story moves like a spider, creeping forward slowly before it pounces. Marion Deeds' "Magpie's Curse" is a lovely Russian fairy tale. Tim Pratt's "Seamonster in the Bathtub" is a timely and satisfying urban fantasy. In S. Qiouyi Lu's "From Something Emerging," two predators face off ...more
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D. E.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you live or have ever lived in California then this book of short stories is one of the best. One of the best about California. The stories are interesting enough to hold your attention from the beginning to the end.....DEHS
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