A collection of short stories where people change like the seasons, like a butterfly metamorphosing, like the carcass of an animal fossilising.
When Tannin’s grandfather dies she is left to deal with his not-inconsiderable debt. Forcibly thrown into a cut-throat world of thievery and intrigue, the last things Tannin expects to have to deal with are wayward princesses and half-forgotten fairy stories. But as she goes looking for answers in her grandfather's old journal, Tannin finds that there is a lot more to her, and to the mysteries surrounding her, than she ever thought possible. CW lots of murder, hanging
Having been persuaded by the beautiful Natasha to leave her dreary London life behind in favour of the glitz, glamour and drama of Chicago, Annabelle deals with much more than the expected drama, and makes a few friends, enemies and frenemies along the way.
Charles Yu is a time machine repairman. One day he sees himself coming out of a time machine and, against all the training advice he's been given, shoots himself in the stomach, flinging himself into a time loop.
On the day a clan of dead mermaids washes up on the shore of her hometown, the unnamed protagonist leaves her home of the City of Smoke and Lights and is taken to the Street of Miracles where she becomes friends with other trans women sex workers. After one of their number is murdered, the protagonist and a number of her new found family form the gang The Lipstick Lacerators and wreak their vengeance on the male visitors to the street. CW: transphobia, transphobic violence (including mentions of murder and rape), self-harm and suicidal ideation
When she was nine El (shot for Galadriel, think the "all shall love me and despair" version) was prophesised to destroy the world. Now she is in her second last year at a magical school that wants to kill her, she can't write an essay without inventing a spell to enslave minds, and worst of all, everyone's favourite heroic wizard-boy Owen Lake has just saved her life for the second time.
The tagline for Splatter Capital promises “a guide for surviving the horror movie we collectively inhabit” but really it is a breakdown of how splatter horror can act as a Marxist representation of life under capitalism – where bodies are dismembered and consumed by the more fortunate for the sake of maintaining production. It also poses that splatter horror can present a cathartic alternative, where the disenfranchised are able to rise up and literally “eat the rich”.
After checking herself into a mental hospital, Emilie Autumn beings to find strange notes from another Emily. Are these pages travelling through time to warn her of strange doing at the hospital, or are they all in her mind? cw: abuse, mental health, suicide, surgery, female genital mutilation, rape, forced prostitution, graphic violence
After Kris' ex-bandmate Terry sold out to become The Blind King she's been working in a dead-end job in a dead-end town. But then The Blind King comes back for one last tour, and this time Kris might just be able to bring him down, but first she has to get the band back together. In another dead-end town, Melanie clings onto the hope that The Blind King has given her, and his new show has given her the kick she needs to finally get out of the place. Part road-trip, part zombie movie, all metal.
tw: sexual assault, suicide, forced drug-taking, medical horror, dismemberment
Area X has been cut off from the world. It's existence only known to a few, it is hopelessly researched by the Southern Reach - an organisation that soon proves just as unknowable and strange as Area X itself.