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She Walks in Shadows by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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My horror book club is reading a selection of Lovecraft in October, and this anthology will follow in November as a well-crafted response to his works. This is a collection worth sharing with all your friends. There's so many great deconstructions of Lovecraft's work, along with some refreshingly new approaches. "Bitter Perfurme" is a great riff on "Cool Air" that is subtle and brings in entirely different fears of mortality. Additionally, on a closer second read, it includes some really interesting commentary on gender roles. There's a reclamation of Arthur Jermyn that *almost* makes reading the source material worthwhile. So many of these stories are relentlessly brutal. Not for the faint of heart.

“Eight Seconds” by Pandora Hope updates the Mythos with a delightful Hills Have Eyes vibe.

Wendy Wagner breathes new life into the Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Nitocris making the “Queen of a New America.”

“Lockbox” by E. Catherine Tobler is cloaked in the gothic and resonates with both the Lovecraft story with the unfortunately named cat and Barker’s “In the Hills, the Cities”.

"The Cypress God" gloriously unfolds back multiple layers to reveal something even more wrong and unwholesome until the next layer is pulled back.

Quite possibly my favorite of the collection is “Bring the Moon to Me” by Amelia Gorman. This combines programming, knitting, and non-Euclidean math into a viscous potion that infuses cosmic horror and chills the hope and optimism of the space race. It’s great flash that lands its punches and doesn’t overstay its welcome.
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Quotes Alex Liked

“So many large words, as though syllables will hide the truth.”
Sharon Mock, She Walks in Shadows

Reading Progress

March 18, 2015 – Shelved
March 18, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
August 30, 2015 – Started Reading
September 13, 2015 –
11.0% "BRING THE MOON TO ME by Amelia Gorman shows what can be done with the flash format. Glorious combinations of non-euclidean geometry in this one."
October 29, 2015 – Finished Reading

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