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Sing Your Sadness Deep

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British Fantasy Award-winning author, and Shirley Jackson Award finalist Laura Mauro, a leading voice in contemporary dark fiction, delivers a remarkable debut collection of startling short fiction. Human and humane tales of beauty, strangeness, and transformation told in prose as precise and sparing as a surgeon’s knife. A major new talent!

Featuring "Looking for Laika," w
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Paperback, 236 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Undertow Publications
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Short story collections are my favorite way to get to know a new author. I find that there is always a variety of genres and styles represented, not unlike an artist's portfolio or listening to song samples from an album. You get the basic feel of the writer's skill set as well as what kind of storytelling voice they lean on.
Sing Your Sadness Deep is a debut short story collection from Laura Mauro. I've learned from this collection that Laura has an eye for details. She will turn a phrase that
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Karl
Contents:

011 - "Sun Dogs"
033 - "Obsidian"
049 - "Red Rabbit"
057 - "Letters from Elodie"
069 - "The Grey Men"
081 - "Ptichka"
091 - "When Charlie Sleeps"
103 - "In the City of Bones" (New to this collection)
121 - "The Looking Glass Girl"
135 - "In the Marrow"
153 - "Looking for Laika "
185 - "Strange as Angels"
205 - "The Pain-Eater’s Daughter" (New to this collection)
233 - Acknowledgments
235 - About the Author
Lori
SING YOUR SADNESS DEEP is a force to be reckoned with. Not a bad story in the bunch. In fact, as I read each one I thought, ok, that was amazing, no way she can top that one. And then I'd read the next one and fuuuck me, she does. A must read for fans of strange stories that blur the lines of reality and fiction just enough to make you think "yeah, hell, that could kind of happen". Beautiful and brutal, these stories hit you like a thousand little gut punches, followed with a brief and tender ki ...more
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
This collection makes Laura Mauro an author to watch.

The way Mauro uses language makes you pay attention. Her phrasing would snag in my brain and make me think about the stories in a new way.

She isn’t afraid to go to surreal and weird places in her stories, and she doesn’t feel the need to hold the reader’s hand. It’s sink or swim and I felt gloriously in the middle, sometimes drowning, sometimes riding the wave. I loved the feeling of everything clicking together in a satisfied rush and altern
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Andrew
Aug 07, 2019 added it
Have read for review in Black Static magazine. Will add review and rating here a couple of months after publication in the print magazine.
Sam Edwards
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(1) "Looking for Laika" made me feel emotions on a plane and that's NOT OKAY! I'm suing her. Good Lord, what a beautiful story.
(2) This is an incredible, tragic, fantastic weird collection. All the stories have emotional resonance, and I'm struck by Mauro's ability to so vividly capture so many settings. Deserts, Seas, Taigas. Favorites include "Laika," "Pitchka," "Looking Glass Girl" and "In the Marrow."
(3) Buy it. Review it. Nominate it for the things.
Luke Walker
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've known Laura online for several years so I've been looking forward to her first collection of short stories for months especially after enjoying her debut novella Naming The Bones. Putting aside our friendship, I can honestly say these stories are almost all excellent with only the odd one being a little too abstract for my personal taste (Red Rabbit and In The City Of Bones) while The Grey Men, Strange As Angels and Ptichka were pure class.
This is not anything like standard horror. This is
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Dan Coxon
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God this was good. I've been a fan of Laura Mauro's short stories for a while now - and, admittedly, had read a few of these before - but even bearing that in mind, this collection took my breath away. Beautifully written, underlined by a deep, aching sorrow, but shot through with moments of startling horror (both existential and visceral) - Sing Your Sadness Deep is one of the best collections I've read this year. Expect to see it on awards shortlists next year, and keep your eyes open for what ...more
Adrian
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually read short stories, and shy away from even a hint of the paranormal, but these stories were compelling in their strange clinical descriptions of the otherwise seemingly mundane. The first story particularly will stay with me a long time, and the only ones which I found a tad tedious,, ironically enough,, were those in which she chose to forego the supernatural in favour of rather cliched socio-political preaching
Nevertheless, a very impressive collection..
Priya Sharma
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of us toil away for years, while writers like Laura Mauro seem to appear fully formed, creating original and startling work from the outset. She sings her sadness deep, with assured melodies, strange resonances and beautiful harmonies.

My personal favourites are the luminous "Sun Dogs", the skewed London of "When Charlie Sleeps", the dark fairy tale "In the Marrow", the award winning "Looking for Laika", and the closing story "The Pain-Eater's Daughter".
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