The Writerly Raven

Going Native & Other Stories

Going Native Cover of man and woman melting into each otherHello, my darklings!

I must confess; I have fallen behind. Life has held me captive in her iron grip these last several weeks. Of course, that’s not to say that I haven’t been writing reviews. Quite the contrary, actually! I just haven’t had a chance to get them posted here.

It’s time to remedy that! So, without further ado…

Early in June 2018, I had the opportunity to review the 8th issue of Cirsova Magazine. If you’re not familiar with Cirsova, they tend to run fantasy and science fiction stories that are a bit outside the norm, which is one of the reasons I really like them. Among the nine stories presented in that issue, one happened to be “Going Native” by J. Manfred Weichsel. It was a tale that I found particularly enjoyable. When Mr. Weichsel contacted me to review his newly published collection of stories Going Native & Other Stories, which includes the titular “Going Native,” I was thrilled to do so.

Also, I meant to have this review up much earlier than this but, well, things didn’t quite work out that way.


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.


“The Key of F” Book Review

key of f book coverHello, my darklings!

So this week’s independent review isn’t a new release. In fact, The Key of F by Jennifer Haskin was published on May 8, 2018.

Last month, Ms. Haskin asked me if I’d like to review a copy of the book, to which I gladly agreed.  It’s taken me a bit to get around to it, though. She requested that the original review go up on Amazon, so what follows is the review as it appears there (NOT AN AFFILIATE LINK).


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!

 


“Duel Visions” Book Review

Hello, my darklings!

First, I’m going to start by saying that I’m very thrilled that Cirsova Publishing asked me to review their new release.  I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing other works they’ve produced before and I’ve always enjoyed it.  This was no less pleasurable.

The book on the menu for this review is Duel Visions, an anthology of short horror stories written by Misha Burnett and Louise Sorensen.