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.