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This is a 3 day weekend for many of us. The nonhusband and son have traveled to Washington to help family with a move and visit. My daughter is on the river for a spell before work. I plan on blog hopping a little and some housework. I chose to stay home and work yesterday (which turned out to be a very short shift). I am honestly enjoying the quite while sipping my coffee and watching some true crime on Netflix and looking forward to much-needed time with a friend tonight. Not a bad Sunday 😉
By John Shirley
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Kindle ASIN: B018J4QNXQ
Genre: Short Story/Horror
This collection of gritty and intense short stories compares the horrors of the real world to those of the supernatural. Winner of the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.
This weekend I have chosen to look at a single story from this collection, Barbara. I will continue to review these stories on a weekly basis.
Barbara is a fast, dark and gritty tale. We are thrust into the life of a woman as she is car-jacked and coming to terms with her current “relationship”. For all of its brevity, this small story offers a very complete experience. The main character is easily established in such limited time, and the writing is concise and seamless. There are elements of sexuality and violence that will turn many away from this, but I found a deep appreciation for the author’s brutal and realistic approach. It gave sincere life to the story. I am looking forward to continuing with this collection and familiarizing myself with John Shirley’s work.
The Bear and the Nightingale
By Katherine Arden
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
- On Sunday the first You Choose, I Read selection was drawn.
- Goodreads Monday featured Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace.
- I also announced the winner of my recent giveaway for 4 copies of Benny Neylon’s current eBooks which can be viewed here.
- Tuesday I decided to explore diverse reading and what it means to myself on Let’s Talk About It.
- On Friday I reviewed my very first subscription boxes from Blue Spider’s Attic & Bookcase Club.
Of note this week is that Creepshow by Stephen King with art by Bernie Wrightson is back in print! This nostalgic collection of horror is back in circulation after 35 years and I could not resist! I devoured mine last night and will review soon. You can find out more on Simon&Schuster.
I am setting some goals today to accomplish a bit more than true crime binging 😉 So I am going to wrap this up. Happy reading my friends and remember:
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
— Ernest Hemingway