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Things We Say in the Dark

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A shocking collection of dark stories, ranging from chilling contemporary fairytales to disturbing supernatural fiction, by a talented writer who has been compared to Angela Carter.

So here we go, into the dark.

Some things can’t be spoken about in the light of day. But we can visit our fears at night, in the dark. We can turn them over and weigh them in our hands and maybe
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published October 3rd 2019 by Harvill Secker
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Amalia Gkavea
‘’A house is family. A house is history. A house is a body. One subject that comes up again and again in horror, both new and classic, is houses. Haunted houses, home invasions, axe murderers lurking in the attics and chasing us into the basements. Our homes are a site of endless terror.
We are afraid that someone will come into our house when we don’t want them to. We are afraid that the thing we fear is already inside. We are afraid that we can’t make it leave. We are afraid that the lock on
Sep 20, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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"Just in time for Halloween comes Kirsty Logan’s deeply, deeply unsettling and brilliant collection of short stories. Some feature horror, nearly all feature dread and, in the manner of Shirley Jackson, all will burrow their way into your brain and not let go." - Stylist

"In a literary world seemingly saturated with gaudy horror that attempts to induce fear through the ill-treatment of women and the harmful othering of disabilities, Kirsty Logan is he
Dannii Elle
"We tell ourselves stories, we stoke our fears, we keep them burning. For what? What do we expect to find there inside?
What are we all doing to ourselves?"

This collection of short tales can definitely be classified as belonging in the horror genre, and yet they are unlike anything I have ever read there. No ghostly apparitions appear and no monsters lurk in the shadows, but uneasiness creeps steadily throughout each tale and it seeps out from inside of reader and characters alike, where the true
Eric Anderson
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the books listed for this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize one that I was most eager to read was Kirsty Logan’s new collection of stories “Things We Say in the Dark”. Logan is a writer who has produced a number of fictional books which creatively engage with traditions in horror writing and fairy tales to innovatively say something which is both current and personal. These new stories continue in this vein focusing specifically on themes to do with the home, family and birth. Many invoke ima ...more
Renee Godding
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Ever since its announcement in early 2019, Things We Say in the Dark has been high up on my most-anticipated list. It’s no secret that I’m as close as it gets to a fangirl when it comes to Kirsty Logans work. I’ve adored everything she’s written thus far, and was expecting a collection of horror-short-stories in her style to be a 5-star experience for me as well. I didn’t even consider the possibility that I wouldn’t be able to finish it. Yet here we are…
I have to say in advance: it’
Hannah Rials
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stunning. Horrifying. The fastest I've ever read a short story collection. I can't get enough of this writer!
I almost (almost) wish this had been released in time for me to read during my own residency in Iceland - although I think that would have been too much for my poor, fragile, terrified heart to take. Especially in the first few days of the residency, when I had for some reason decided to go three days early, alone, very ill (having missed and postponed my first flight to Reyjkavik the day before), dragging too many kgs of canned food over the 1.5 kilometre walk from the bus-stop to the residency ...more
Resh (The Book Satchel)
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
I ADORED this book. I am not a fan of horror stories but these are just the right kind for me. I jumped on this collection because of what an excellent writer Kirsty Logan is. And this was everything i hoped the short story collection would be. Creepy, unsettling, poking towards uncomfortable etc. This also makes it a very difficult collection to review.

The book starts off with one-page descriptions in italics which are kind-of autobiographical. Logan herself was at Iceland while writing the bo
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Her best collection yet. Daring, challenging, dark and dreadful (in the most literal sense), this is a book about women's fears, human fears, the fears of being a person. This is a short story writer at the top of her game.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Kirsty Logan's prose; I love its mysterious quality, its beautifully dark and evocative imagery, and the wildness which exists within it.  I was so looking forward to picking up her newest collection of short stories, Things We Say in the Dark, and am pleased to say that it lived up to my very high expectations.

Logan has been compared, variously, to Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, and Jeanette Winterson.  I can see elements of their work echoed in hers, but Logan has something
Lauren James
Dec 24, 2019 added it
Shelves: lgbtqia
horror short stories with a queer bend, these include a lot of scottish mythology and are truly delicious
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
And it started off so well too! :(

I’m really surprised by this latest short story collection by Kirsty Logan - I adored her previous book, A Portable Shelter, and was incredibly excited for this one but sadly the latter half of this book left me thinking ‘what was the point of them? And are they dark for dark’s sake?’

My favourite section BY FAR was part 1 which focused on various stories all discussing home and how and where we feel at home and why. These stories were certainly very surreal an
Many of these 20 stories twist fairy tale imagery into nightmarish scenarios, enumerating fears of bodies and pregnancies going wrong. Body parts are offered as tokens of love or left behind as the sole evidence of an abduction. Ghosts and corpses are frequent presences. I also recognized some of the same sorts of Celtic sea legends that infuse Logan’s debut novel, The Gracekeepers.

Some stories are divided into multiple parts by headings or point-of-view changes. Others are in unusual formats li
Caspian Reid
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this! I love horror but have found it hard to find horror books that capture a genuine unsettling feeling - this delivers in spades. I've loved Kirsty Logan's work for years, and reading this felt like a natural expansion of her previous works. The folklore, relationships, and smooth writing style are all familiar, but the depth of darkness and grossness are new. It felt real and present to see queer individuals and couples, not just as dying side characters but with their own plots and ...more
Geraldine O'Hagan
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, horrible, perfect.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to steal the words from her mouth, swallow them and then spit them out as if they were my own! I think I’m beguiled?
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-to-read
Dark and terrifying. Loved it.
Katarína Laurošková
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book starts with a short introduction from the “author” herself, where she is set in Iceland, in a remote village without any distractions. The collection carries many autobiographical features, as Logan was actually writing this book in Iceland. From short passages, we can observe how the book is being written, which gives us a bit of break between individual stories. She wanted to add this dimension into the story as it gives the reader the feeling of comfort and realisation, that the stor ...more
A dark and feminist collection of short stories. As with most collections, there were stories I felt were really strong and some that I found weak, but overall a good collection. I don't think it will appeal to everyone (it is quite strange in places), but then again it is not meant to.

My absolute favourite was "Girls are Always Hungry When all the Men are Bite-Size", which fired my imagination and has me itching to write something about mediums and spiritualism, albeit in a Victorian setting.
Callum McLaughlin
Sometimes a book sounds so tailored towards your taste that it could never possibly live up to your sky-high hopes. I fear that was the case for me with Logan’s Things We Say in the Dark, a collection of feminist horror stories that was easily one of my most anticipated releases of the year.

There are definitely lots of things to admire here. Logan’s prose is always readable, but it’s punctuated by moments of linguistic beauty, with vivid and evocative imagery peppered throughout. Some of these d
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
In a 100 years, this would be seen as something similar to what Edgar Allan Poe is to us now, the writing is easy to read but in a 100 years?? Possibly seen as moree more classic-like, being hard to eead. Same thing with the dark, gothic, horror themes. Of course, this covers topics that are more "modern", particular, the fact that there was so much about women and female issues, which was fantastic.

I definitely enjoyed this, it was dark but really easy to stay focused and I usually don't like
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-english, 2019
Read October 2019
Kirsty Logan has done it again. I loved this one so much! It’s different, much darker, than her previous books, but at the same time still so recognisably her with the writing and story themes. Looking forward to see what she does next!
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Fantastic. Not a single bad story. Dark, engrossing, heartbreaking, and terrifying.
Jadey (the Bookish)
Such a consistently astonishing, awe-ful, creepy collection of short stories.

I adored this, and you will too, if unsettling stories centred on (a lot of the time Sapphic) women are your kind of thing. My favourite stories from the set were 'Half Sick of Shadows', 'Good Good Good, Nice Nice Nice', and 'Birds Fell From the Sky and Each One Spoke in Your Voice'. But honestly, there really wasn't a bad story included and the majority I rated 4 or 5 stars individually.

Kirsty Logan is an amazing write
There were some very good stories in this collection, but the quality was very uneven. There were a lot of stories that felt false and contrived - weird for the sake of being weird. There was also a lot of repetition and way too many stories about babies (my least favourite subject to read about).
Alexandra Pearson
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some of the stories here were worth 5 stars and some were worth 3 and some genuinely horrified me and made it hard to sleep, which is pretty hard to find. Kirsty Logan really managed to get into my head with this collection, and I loved the thread that was pulling it all together. I really enjoyed The Gloaming and this is a fabulous, incredibly dark follow-up.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an experience. Some of these stories rattled me to my core and will stick with me for some time to come. Definitely a re-read candidate.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There was something not quite right with this from the beginning. The dark cover, the unusual font, the structure. Immediately, I was overcome by something, and slowly, as I read, that something reached out of the pages and smothered me in it's arms. A constant feeling of something lingering behind me, an unknown anxiety behind my eyeballs, a relatable nostalgia, a plague. I’m both glad and sorry I’ve now turned the final page.

Logan plucks at all of your fears here, even fears you weren’t sure y
Gabriela Pop
DNF'ed close-ish to the end.
I will say that is absolutely more on me than it is the book; I rarely find short story collections that appeal to me as a whole and I feel like while I can objectively admit that the stories were really smart and haunting and I can see what the author was trying to achieve, not enough of them struck a chord with me so that they'd keep me engaged and wanting to read on.
Quite a few of the ones in the first part of the book stood out to me and I think they were memora
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-autumn-tbr
this was a weird one.

if you’re looking for short stories that are unsettling, eerie, and queer, this fits the bill.

i’m not much one for short stories, i’m finding, and horror isn’t my go-to genre, though the horror depicted here is a odd melding of old fairy and folk tales, grim realities, and the truly bizarre, which made it a lot more readable than i’d expected, given there were themes familiar to even my uninitiated horror reader self.

many stories were really quite gross and a few i had to
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Kirsty Logan is a professional daydreamer. She is the author of two novels, The Gloaming and The Gracekeepers, and two story collections, A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales. Her fifth book, Things We Say in the Dark, will be published on Halloween 2019.

Kirsty lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue dog. She has tattooed toes.

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