Many of the reviewers associated with the Skiffy and Fanty team have a contribution specialty. I’ve always avoided this because I don’t like the limitations; I read/review outside of these genres even. But if I were to have a niche, it would probably be short fiction. I adore the variety it affords and the low commitment to discover new authors. It’s easier to convince myself to step away from work for a moment to read a short story, compared to equal time reading a portion of longer works that may not have obvious stopping points. Most importantly, some of the most exciting writing I’ve seen comes from the short form.
Two fabulous collections of short horror appeared last year from Apex Book Company. If you didn’t happen to catch note of them yet, then they are particularly worth considering now as we begin the ninth annual celebration of Women in Horror Month. Both Beautiful Sorrows by Mercedes M. Yardley and Everything That’s Underneath by Kristi DeMeester smolder with a joyful embrace, and defiance, of nightmares. As the titles in combination allude to, these two collections demonstrate that beneath fears lies terror and hope, beauty and monstrosity, sorrow and pleasure. A bit of everything festers underneath horror, full of contradictions in equal measure. [Read more…]