Hello again! Another week, another bundle of stories.

3/29/20 Green Red Orange Mariana Enriquez
3/29/20 Things We Lost in the Fire Mariana Enriquez
3/30/20 Forgotten Journey Silvina Ocampo
3/30/20 Mildly Unhappy, With Moments of Joy Amber Sparks
3/30/20 Birthing Stones Daisy Johnson
3/31/20 The Apple Tree Daphne du Maurier
4/1/20 The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window Rachel Swirsky
4/2/20 The Mermaid in the Tree Timothy Schaffert
4/3/20 Trick of the Light Andrew Humphrey
4/3/20 The Cherry Tree Melissa Blower
4/4/20 And the Carnival Leaves Town AC Wise
4/5/20 The Climbing Rose Heidi Amsinck
4/5/20 El Melon (The Melon) Cynthia Pelayo

I almost don’t want to share details of Nightjar Press, who publish very limited runs of chapbooks of uncanny tales. I frequently look at their back catalogue and get very angry about the ones I missed.

Nevertheless, Andrew Humphrey’s Trick of the Light is one of two new Nightjar publications, and I loved it. Lots of nods to MR James, a building sense of unease, a failing relationship, what’s not to love? Grab a copy while you can.

I subscribed to Nightmare Magazine earlier this year, but didn’t make the time to read any of the content. But as soon as I saw a story by AC Wise in April’s issue, I dived straight in. And holy cow, And The Carnival Leaves Town was excellent. Noir-ish, echoes of Twin Peaks, and some horrible imagery, this story immediately jumped onto my favorites list.

41ikukady2blI started Heidi Amsinck’s collection, Last Train to Helsingor, almost two years ago, and I’ve still not finished it. Maybe I’m subconsciously savoring it. I heard her stories on BBC Radio 4, (click the link to listen) and was incredibly impressed. Her stories are creepy, brief, and incredibly well-written. The Climbing Rose is very reminiscent of Tales of the Unexpected, which is a wonderful thing.

I finished Mariana Enriquez’s Things We Lost in the Fire. Adela’s House was by far my favorite story in the collection, but make no mistake, this is an incredible collection, and I highly recommend it.

I’m not overly planning my week ahead, but I probably should. I’d like to finish Daisy Johnson’s collection, Fen. I’d like to read some more Aimee Bender, Marian Womack, Flannery O’Connor, Samantha Schweblin. I might even read some male authors!

Have a great week. Look after yourselves.

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