Category: Short Fiction Review

Feel the Love: Fiction River #31

Magazine cover with title and black heartHello, my darklings!

A bit of news, then the review!

First, in the coming weeks, I’m going to take the advice of a colleague of mine and turn these short posts announcing the Tangent Online reviews into a supplementary review here as well. So you’ll see that happening, soon. I’m also going to be writing more “craft of fiction” articles over the next few months, ideally one per week right now. I’ve got one ready to go now that just needs a touch more editing before I post it. But it’s coming!

Anywho…

The 31st issue of Fiction River is out! This particular anthology, edited by Mark Leslie, is focused on love in all it many forms. Most of the stories were absolutely fantastic, others not so much. Still, I really enjoyed reading it.

For specifics, please see my full review over at Tangent Online.  You can click the link below and it’ll open the review in a new tab directly on TO’s website.

Fiction River #31: Feel the Love Review, published on TangentOnline.com on April 16, 2019.


Penanggalans, Pontianaks, and Were-Crocs, Oh My! (Strange Horizons – April 1, 2019)

Hello, my darklings!

The first edition of Strange Horizons came out today!

I have to say that I really enjoyed this issue. The focus in Nin Harris’ story “What Cradles Us But Will Not Set Us Free” is all on Malaysian folklore, with a really unique look at traditional Malay monsters. If you’re not familiar with the concept, the penanggalan is a type of female vampire. By day, she’s a normal woman but, by night, her head detaches from her body and goes in search of food—usually children—dragging her entrails behind her. A woman can become a penanggalan by choice and, in this tale, Harris gives us an interesting look at how a transformation can occur.

For specifics, please see my full review over at Tangent Online.  You can click the link below and it’ll open the review in a new tab directly on TO’s website.

April 1, 2019 Strange Horizons Review, published on TangentOnline.com on April 1, 2019.


Weirdbook Annual #2: The 3rd Cthulhu Mythos Megapack

Hello, my darklings!

Up for your viewing pleasure at Tangent Online is the latest issue of Weirdbook Annual.  I’ve reviewed another anthology edited by Douglas Draa which I really enjoyed. Not so much this time, though.  I’m not going to lie; most of the stories in this anthology were a miss for me.  That being said, there were a few that were well worth reading, such as Darrell Schweitzer’s “The Hutchinson Boy” and Franklyn Searight’s “Cellar Dweller.”

For specifics, please see my full review over at Tangent Online.  You can click the link below and it’ll open the review in a new tab directly on TO’s website.

Weirdbook Annual #2: The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack Review, published on TangentOnline.com on March 16, 2019.


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #272

BCS coverHello, my darklings!

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #272 arrived for your viewing pleasure on February 28, 2019.  This week, it features work by Nin Harris and R.K. Duncan.  Both stories are really quite good! Like most issues of BCS, there is a theme that unites the editor’s selections and this time, it’s the magic of water.  You’ll find mermaids and doors that lead through death to hidden answers.  Great stuff!

Click on the link below to read my full review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review in a new tab directly on TO’s website.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #272 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on March 6, 2019.


The Artificial Man and Other Stories by Clare Winger Harris

Hello, my darklings!

Of all the assignments I’ve received from David Truesdale at Tangent Online, this was one I really looked forward to writing.

For those of you who don’t know Clare Winger Harris, I am very excited to introduce you to her here.  She wrote scientifiction (now called science fiction) and published under her own name at a time when women writers were usually forced to do so under a man’s name.  Not only that, her works greatly influenced the creators of Superman, then just high schoolers, and her story “The Ape Cycle” was the basis for the well-loved franchise The Planet of the Apes!

If you love science fiction, I highly recommend checking out this book.

For specifics, please see my full review over at Tangent Online.  You can click the link below and it’ll open the review in a new tab directly on TO’s website.

The Artificial Man and Other Stories Review, published on TangentOnline.com on February 25, 2019.


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #271

BCS coverHello, my darklings!

Beneath Ceaseless Skies just released issue #271 just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Rather appropriately, it features two tales of loss, grief, and love written by Aimee Ogden and Samantha Mills.

Click on the link below to read my full review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review in a new tab directly on TO’s website.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #271 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on February 16, 2019.


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #270, January 31, 2019

BCS coverHello, my darklings!

I’m back with Beneath Ceaseless Skies next issue! Once again, they bring two great fantasy stories to the table: “To Stab with a Rose, to Love with a Knife” by Natalia Theodoridou and “Do Not Look Back, My Lion” by Alix E. Harrow.  Both were great but Harrow’s was my favorite of the two.

Click on the link below to read my full review, written for Tangent Online. It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #270 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on February 1, 2019.

If you’ve read this issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

 


Nightmare Magazine #76 Review

Hello, my darklings!

2019’s first issue of Nightmare Magazine released earlier this month.  My review of the two dark fantasy stories by Natalie Theodoridou and Vajra Chandrasekera is live on TangentOnline.com. I’m not going to lie—I’ve reviewed Nightmare before and loved the literary feel the stories the select have but this issue was a huge miss for me.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Nightmare Magazine #76 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on January 25, 2019.


Why are Some of My Reviews So Short?

Hello, my darklings!

I just wanted to take a quick moment to explain something you may or may not have noticed.  If you scroll through my blog, you’ll notice that some reviews are incredibly short (such as this one on Beneath Ceaseless Skies #268).  That’s because these are essentially curated posts.

They appear short here because the reviews for those publications were written for another outlet, such as Tangent Online.  Ethically, I cannot copy/paste them to this blog and writing another review would be redundant.  As such, I’ve decided to curate them here by simply providing a link to the original along with a brief description of what was in the publication.

Clicking these links will open a new browser tab and take you directly to the review so you can read it on directly on the original outlet’s website.

One last note:  I just migrated to this new website format so most of the older blog posts are rather generic at the moment.  On the previous iteration of my website, there was an excerpt from the original review but I’m taking a different approach here and I just wanted to get all of the reviews migrated over.  I’ll fix the text in them over the next few days so that everything is consistent.

Cheers!

Tara


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #269

Hello, my darklings!

Beneath Ceaseless Skies released its second issue for January yesterday.  The offerings this time consists of a pair of stories by Marissa Lingen and Jordan Taylor.  Rest assured that “The Deepest Notes of the Harp and Drum” and “La Orpheline” will show you a couple of new twists on some familiar (or maybe not-so-familiar) fairy tales.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #269 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on January 18, 2019.