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Short Story Collection Review: She Said Destroy by Nadia Bulkin

Summary: A dictator craves love–and horrifying sacrifice–from his subjects; a mother raised in a decaying warren fights to reclaim her stolen daughter; a ghost haunts a luxury hotel in a bloodstained land; a new babysitter uncovers a family curse; a final girl confronts a broken-winged monster…

Word Horde presents the debut collection from critically-acclaimed Weird Fiction author Nadia Bulkin. Dreamlike, poignant, and unabashedly socio-political, She Said Destroy includes three stories nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award, four included in Year’s Best anthologies, and one original tale.

Review:┬áLet’s get any fears out of the way: She Said Destroy is easily a contender for the best horror I’ve read this year. It’s only January. That should tell you everything you need to know.

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Collection Review: The Girl With No Hands and Other Tales by Angela Slatter

Summary: In this dark fantasy and horror short story collection, Angela Slatter focuses on a mix of original content and fairy tale retellings with her own spin. Featuring takes on “Bluebeard,” “Donkeyskin,” and “The Armless Maiden” along with stories featuring old-school zombies and a living book, The Girl With No Hands and Other Tales presents a good overview of the writer’s interests and themes.

Disclaimer: This review features mentions and descriptions of racism, rape, sexual assault, incest, and necrophilia. Be prepared when reading.

Review: When looking up Angela Slatter’s backlist, I had to pick this book. Look at those contents. Fairy tales? Zombies? Takes on domestic abuse and patriarchy? It hit so many soft spots and perfect themes that I figured this one was going to be a bang. A definite five-star experience.

Unfortunately, I have come out of this experience feeling mixed on the literary results and, frankly, a little grossed out.

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