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Unspeakable contains eighteen Gothic tales with uncanny twists and characters that creep under your skin. Its stories feature sapphic ghosts, terrifying creatures of the sea, and haunted houses concealing their own secrets. Whether you're looking for your non-binary knight in shining armour or a poly family to murder with, Unspeakable showcases the best contemporary Gothic ...more
Published February 28th 2020 by Nyx Publishing
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Rebecca Crunden
Feb 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
A Queer. Gothic. Anthology.

UM, YAS?!
El
Full review: https://inkandplasma.wordpress.com/20...

I'm only going to cover a handful of the short stories in this actual review because otherwise it's going to be a novella in itself, but you can click through on this tweet ( https://twitter.com/inkandplasma/stat... ) to see my as-it-happens reactions to reading each short story. There's not a single one that I didn't love, and it was so hard to pick a few to review. I limited myself to six of the total eighteen, but all eighteen are worth
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Celine
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unspeakable contains eighteen Gothic tales with uncanny twists and characters that creep under your skin. Its stories feature sapphic ghosts, terrifying creatures of the sea, and haunted houses concealing their own secrets. Whether you're looking for your non-binary knight in shining armour or a poly family to murder with, Unspeakable showcases the best contemporary Gothic queer short fiction. Even dark tales deserve their time in the sun.

For more information about this anthology, check out the
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ashortbooklover
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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As someone currently studying the Gothic genre, but being very fed up of the heteronormative narratives, this anthology arrived at the perfect time for me!

This was such a vibrant collection of brilliant voices that Im struggling to summarise into just one review. Overall, this collection was so inexplicably unnerving, as great Gothic stories are and cast an eerie atmosphere for the next few days after finishing it. I especially loved how the writers took classic Gothic tropes and subverted them
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Valour
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every short story in this anthology was brilliant. Every Single One. Normally an anthology will contain a few stories that just aren't quite as enjoyable, but I loved every story here.

Having a series of stories where I could see my queer, trans self represented was amazing. Some of the stories made me cry with a feeling of bittersweet recognition- that momentary stab in the heart of "it's not just me".

I reccomend this book most highly, unless you're a bigot. I hope it brings you a sense of
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USOM
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

When I heard about Unspeakable I was immediately excited. There's such a lack of queer representation in what we might consider the 'traditional cannon' that this feels like a huge leap to address this. Unspeakable is such a fabulous anthology. It features stories about queer love, and characters existing in these spaces. Their ability to be heroes. To walk into dark basements at
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Louise
Unspeakable is an anthology of short, queer stories with a Gothic slant, so I knew this one would be right up my alley. The stories are pretty broad: from dark fairy tale retellings, to haunted houses, to melancholy reflections. The tone ranges from Jane Eyre through darker fantasy and mild horror, so theres pretty much something here for everyone.

As with all anthologies, I found that I enjoyed some more or less than others, but overall I thought that the stories in Unspeakable were very strong
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