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Review: “Skin Deep Magic,” Craig Laurance Gidney

Pros: Beautiful, magical stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Craig Laurance Gidney’s Skin Deep Magic: Short Fiction is a most excellent collection of magical short stories centered around, primarily, black women. Content note for slurs, suicide, and brief

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Review: “Growing Things and Other Stories,” Paul Tremblay

Pros: Wonderful collection of stories! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Paul Tremblay presents us with a collection of short horror stories called Growing Things and Other Stories. I should note that there’s some mention of animal harm in

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Review: “Bug Eyed Monsters,” William Meikle

Pros: These stories are addictive Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Bug Eyed Monsters: A Creature Feature Collection is an anthology that covers a wide array of creepy, rampaging beasties. One story in particular (Into the Valley

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Review: “Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space),” ed. Catherine Lundoff

Pros: Just plain piratic fun! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Catherine Lundoff edits the anthology Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). The stories in here run the gamut from whimsical and charming to somewhat dark. They

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Review: “Mothership,” eds. Bill Campbell, Edward Austin Hall

Pros: Really neat stories; very diverse Cons: Some of the stories are pretty confusing Rating: 4 out of 5 While the title of Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond indicates that these stories are Afrofuturism, the diversity is a wider

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Review: “Tales for the Camp Fire,” ed. Loren Rhoads

Pros: Some good stories for a great cause Cons: Not many of the stories pulled me in Rating: 3 out of 5 I feel vaguely guilty not giving higher marks to a book that’s being sold to benefit charity. But

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Review: “Supernatural Tales 40: Summer 2019”

Pros: Some good stories Cons: Some so-so stories Rating: 3 out of 5 Supernatural Tales 40: Summer 2019 is a collection of seven short horror stories. It’s tough to find really good multi-author anthologies, because the odds that the editor’s

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Review: “Ambiguity Machines: and Other Stories,” Vandana Singh

Pros: Winding and beautiful Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Vandana Singh’s Ambiguity Machines: and Other stories is a slow, winding collection of beautiful short science fiction stories (at least one story has overtones of horror, and more than

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Review: “The Last Outpost and Other Tales,” Z.S. Adani

Pros: Intriguing worldbuilding Cons: Tone and pacing are stiff; confusing worldbuilding Rating: 3 out of 5 Z.S. Adani’s The Last Outpost and Other Tales is a collection of sci-fi short stories. They’re original and creative, but I ran into a

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Review: “Cruel Works of Nature,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Absolutely wonderful horror collection Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Gemma Amor’s Cruel Works of Nature: 11 Illustrated Horror Novellas contains some delightful tales. I couldn’t put the book down until I had finished them all! In Foliage,

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