World Fantasy Award nominee review: “The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson / Reseña del nominado al Premio Mundial de Fantasía: “The Devil in America” de Kai Ashante Wilson

Correction: There was a change in the World Fantasy Award nominee list below on July 11th. Kai Ashante Wilson’s story, reviewed below, was moved to the novella category. Ursula Vernon’s “Jackalope Wives” was added to the short story nominees. 

The World Fantasy Award nominees have been announced, and I’m reviewing the short story nominees here, just as I did this year’s nominees for the Nebula Awards. The World Fantasy Awards will be presented at the World Fantasy Convention in November. Nominees are selected by a combination of votes from registered members of the Convention and the discretion of the judges. Winners are ultimately selected by the judges. And the nominees are

swarmIf you’ve been following this blog, you know that I’ve already reviewed Alyssa Wong’s “The Fisher Queen” here. Among the other nominees for the World Fantasy Award, the first I read was “The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson, who reportedly abstains from social media, so check out this interview with him at the blog Push–voices into the spotlight. Continue reading

“Pretty Little Dead Girls” –where fantasy and horror collide in a wonderful way / “Pretty Little Dead Girls” – donde la fantasía y el horror chocan de manera maravillosa

pl_dead_girls-mock-900pxI had a childhood friend who suffered several unlikely calamities, and for several years it seemed as if fate was just waiting for her to drop her guard. Although I’m happy to report that she did survive her childhood and survives to this day, I still worry about her occasionally. So, with this sense of familiarity, I picked up Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy by Mercedes M. Yardley. Outmaneuvering impending doom is the heart of the novel. Yardley’s perfectly clear opening sentences had me hooked.

“Bryony Adams was the type of girl who got murdered. This was always so, and it was apparent from the way that men looked at her as she adjusted her knee socks to the way that women shook their heads in pity when she rode by on her bicycle.”

There’s no doubt about where this story intends to go. Every aspect of the novel moves forward quickly and, almost as soon as the reader understands the problem, Yardley gives us the answer to this dilemma, which is a chorus of characters urging Bryony to run. She must run as fast as she can ahead of fate. It might not work out. It will catch up to her at some point. But, hey, valar morghulis! And while you’re running, Bryony, remember to love fully and truly. There’s no time for games or pouting.  Continue reading