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Mixtape Mayhem

skele crewUp today on the very lovely Mark West’s site, is the American Horror Mixtape – in which a selection of fine and funky folks pontificate on their favourite horror shorts from US-ian and Canadian authors.  My pick is a classic Stephen King thing – ‘Mrs Todd’s Shortcut’ from Skeleton Crew.  Not that it was easy to pick just the one King short, mind, but ‘Mrs Todd’s Shortcut’ is a particular favourite.

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Not only, but also!  A couple of months back our man West hosted The Brit Horror Mixtape – in which a bunch of us babbled about our favourite horror shorts from Brit authors.  Another tough pick, that, but Sarah Pinborough’s ‘Do You See?’ won out as my contribution.

Pop over to see who picked what else, and stand by for future mixtapes!

Fab Fic Friday: Littlewood, Tidhar, Bear, El-Mohtar

Goood morning my lovelies.  Here are some of the short fic I’ve been loving this week –

nighmare july 15Wolves and Witches and Bears by Alison Littlewood – Nightmare #34/July 2015
In which Nick and Ella go on holiday to Croatia to try and reconnect, but when Nick’s choice of a walking route ends in trouble, Ella must dig deep into herself to come to the rescue. But digging deep brings its own dangers and Ella will be forever transformed by the results.  This is an enthralling tale with as much satisfaction to be found in Nick’s suggested fate as there is in Ella’s.

Flash by Lavie Tidhar – Daily Science Fiction/June 2015
It’s a fun and pointed flash piece, being something of a behind the scenes account of what really happened that time a certain planetary overlord was deposed.

Swell by Elizabeth Bear – Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep, ed. Paula Guran (Prime Books)
Mermaids! Elizabeth Bear! Did you need more? Oh, well, ok then…this one tells of a musician’s encounter with a mysterious blind girl and the aftermath of a night spent together.  It’s a beautiful tale that weaves finding your own voice with not taking the easy option and is a bit reminiscent of some of de Lint’s Newford stories.

Madeleine by Amal El-Mohtar – Lightspeed #61/June 2015
This is a wonderfully moving story and no description would truly do it justice.  It tells of grief and loneliness and altered mental realities; and there’s also something mildly disturbing about the speed with which Madeleine’s therapist can get her institutionalised when she speaks about the interactive memory flashes she’s experiencing after participation in an Alzheimers drug trial.

Ghost Ship

So, yes, I have reviewed. Film reviewed, to be precise.  (A first!)

In honour of Halloween (yes, I know, that was two days ago. I’ve been essaying for the OU, time does funny things…) Geraldine Clark Hellery, m’fellow fab Apocalypse Girl, has been doing a 30 Days of Horror on her blog.

So here would be my review of Ghost Ship (and don’t forget to check out the other 30 Days posts!)

And as bonus content, here would be the infamous opening scene:

And here would be my favourite scene in all the live You-Tubey flesh: (It is slightly spoilerific if you haven’t seen the film, but I love the music in it!)