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.
I 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.