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Short Take: “The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales,” Sonora Taylor

Pros: Four entertaining stories Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Sonora Taylor’s short anthology The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales contains four brief tales of horror. I really loved her unusual serial killer tale Without Condition, so I had

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Review: “Patient Zero,” Terry Tyler

Pros: Good slice-of-life apocalypse stories Cons: Small things Rating: 4 out of 5 Terry Tyler’s Patient Zero: Post-Apocalyptic Short Stories apparently is an add-on to her “Project Renova” series. It’s supposed to stand alone, so I thought it might be

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Review: “GlitterShip Year Two,” ed. Keffy R.M. Kehrli

Pros: Delightful queer anthology of many genres Cons: The typical anthology issue of not every story being for every reader Rating: 4 out of 5 Keffy R.M. Kehrli edits the anthology GlitterShip Year Two (GlitterShip Yearly Anthologies), containing more than

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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: “Into the Black,” William Meikle

Pros: Lovecraftian horror with an occasionally whimsical flair Cons: Slightly repetitive Rating: 4.5 out of 5 I seem to be on a roll with William Meikle books lately; they’re perfect for when I want horror, but not depressing. Into The

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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: “Transcendent 3,” ed. Bogi Takács

Pros: Very moving stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Bogi Takács edits Transcendent 3: The Year’s Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction. The stories within range from tales where a character just happens to be trans or genderfluid in

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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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