‘The Unicorn Anthology’ Review: Modernizing a Fantasy Classic

The Unicorn Anthology is full to the brim with unicorns aplenty, following them as they gallop through a series of stories that are fresh and cutting-edge. Unicorns may seem like a played out fantasy trope, but this collection proves otherwise. Many of the stories bring unicorns into the modern world, creating a fascinating dynamic against…

‘On the Lonely Shore’ Short Review

On the Lonely Shore is a fantasy tale that feels like it’s been pulled from a Jane Austen landscape, complete with a distant house, many walks by the seashore, and a sickly young man who harbors a secret future. Their daily routine is unburdened by work or worries of any kind, save for the sickness…

‘Where Gods Dance’ Short Review

Where Gods Dance paints the tragic picture of a father forever mourning the loss of his son as he attempts to recreate him using various pieces of his childhood. You can feel the sorrow buried in every word as the man desperately tries to hold on to the memories of his son. These created versions…

‘The Lady Who Would Not Die’ Short Review

The Lady Who Would Not Die is the sad tale of a woman lost to time who becomes a Grim Reaper of sorts. The story provides an interesting look at immortality and the cost it brings. Hers is a life spent ushering the nearly dead on to the afterlife and, while she does have a…

‘A Sharp Breath of Birds’ Short Review

A Sharp Breath of Birds is a beautiful piece of short fiction to imagine, filled with vivid imagery and colors. We see two women whose lives are lived side by side, from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. Our protagonist’s life is filled with birds, flying around inside her home, waddling across her bedroom, making their…

‘New Suns’ Review: A Fantastic Collection of Imagination

New Suns is an excellent collection of short fiction, collected from a bevy of talented science fiction and fantasy authors. Many of these authors were new to me and I look forward to diving further into their collective works. The stories feel completely original, creating unexpected twists on old tales and weaving new stories that…

‘Cold Iron Comfort’ Short Review

Cold Iron Comfort is the story of a person entranced by a Fae who becomes abusive in their relationship until they finally escape. We see their journey as an abuse survivor, becoming more sure of themself as they find a friend and begins to believe they deserve a life without this evil being. Complications are…

‘Playscape’ Short Review

Playscape follows the tragedy of a mother who has lost her child at a public park and the ensuing evolution of the case against her. We follow from the perspective of another mother who knew her. Opinions continue to evolve from sympathy to blaming the mother to personalizing the tragedy. The child has disappeared without…

‘Terrible Trudy on the Lam’ Short Review

Terrible Trudy on the Lam is a wildly fun read, introducing us to a tapir who has escaped from the San Diego Zoo. I loved this tale—it’s imaginative and as fun as a short story could be. We see Trudy become an ice-skating wonder, doing her act in a local club, much to the excitement of…