Book Spotlight: The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan by Caitlín Keirnan

Up until reading The Very Best of Caitlín R. Keirnan, I’ve only read Keirnan’s book, Black Helicopters, and her short stories “Fish Brides,” “On the Reef,” and “The Transition of Elizabeth Haskings” in the anthology Weirder Shadows over Innsmouth. I enjoyed them all, but as I read and finished The Very Best, I became entirely engrossed by Kiernan’s prose and her work.

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Book Spotlight: The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste

Gwendolyn Kiste’s Bram Stoker award-winning debut novel The Rust Maidens (published by Trepidatio Publishing) is a book, at its core, about life, stubbornness, blame, growth and acceptance, weaved in a such a wonderful way that it’s more than what it truly is: an amazing, engrossing weird fiction story.

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Book Spotlight: The Writhing Skies by Betty Rocksteady

Betty Rocksteady’s novella The Writhing Skies (published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing) is a short, dread-inducing explosion of hauntingly bizarre — some sexual, some not — occurrences happening simultaneously, leaving you wondering — in a good way — by the end of the story: What the hell did I just read?

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Book Spotlight: Sefira and Other Betrayals by John Langan

John Langan’s newest collection, Sefira & Other Betrayals (published by Hippocampus Press) intertwines literary fiction with mythological gods and demonic deities, with a dabble of weird, providing readers with a fantastic collection.

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Book Spotlight: She Said Destroy by Nadia Bulkin

It’s almost mad to think She Said Destroy is Bulkin’s debut collection with how great the stories are. This collection is filled with weird fiction, and fueled by horror and socio-political stories.

I simply can’t wait for Bulkin’s next collection.

While every story within are good, there are some that stood out the most: “Red Goat, Black Goat,” “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” “Girl, I Love You,” “Violet is the Color of Your Energy,” “Absolute Zero,” and “No Gods, No Masters.”

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Book Spotlight: Shit Luck by Tiffany Scandal

Scandal’s Shit Luck oddly reminds me of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but if you stripped everything that makes A Hitchhiker’s Guide from A Hitchhiker’s Guide and replaced it with a no bullshit, vulgar, sometimes very bloody, crudely hilarious story of death and strange alternate realities.

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Book Spotlight: Guignol & Other Sardonic Tales by Orrin Grey

Guignol & Other Sardonic Tales is published by Word Horde, and is Orrin Grey’s third collection, following his wonderful collection, Painted Monsters & Other Strange Beasts, and what a follow-up it is.

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