The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo
“Be back before dark,” they whisper. “The trees are hungry tonight.”
This started out reminding me of Hansel & Gretel, then made me really hungry (seriously, the descriptions of food are lush), then it completely took me by surprise, and then wrapped up like a classic folk tale. Definitely worth a read!
Eyes I Dare Not Meet in Dreams by Sunny Moraine
We never would have believed, before the dead girls started climbing out of their refrigerators, that people could be literally resurrected by sheer indignation.
I actually loved this. I don’t even know how to describe it, because the plot itself is vague. Dead girls begin reappearing and nobody knows why. It left me with so many questions (why only girls? why are they coming back? what’s going on?) but somehow I’m not frustrated not knowing the answers because the writing was just awesome and strange in a great way. Abstract horror would be how I’d describe this. Definitely recommend!
The White-Throated Transmigrant by E. Lily Yu
We’re monsters, all of us. You’re monstrous, I’m monstrous.
I’m not quite sure what to make of this story. Intriguing, to be sure.
Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light! by Kameron Hurley
The monsters rose from their beds, already armored and bristling for another attack on the city below. They came to extinguish light, and hope. She was here to remind them they wouldn’t do it unchallenged.
Another great short, very evocative prose.
The Last of the Minotaur Wives by Brooke Bolander
Once you’ve been in the light for awhile, Blue finds, it’s hard as hell to willingly walk back into darkness.
This is short and to the point, and very well done.