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
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
Slag wars is a 4-part reality show where two pornstars known collectively as the "Cock Destroyers" (Sophie Anderson and Rebecca More) look for the next member of their team through a variety of funny and sexy challenges that are more safe-for-work than you would expect. TW: sex work, mentions of transphobia, mentions of homophobia, mentions of homelessness and being kicked out of home, mentions of abuse
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”.
New Superman and the team are in trouble with the Green Lanterns, again, and in North Korea a high school boy starts sweating oceans.
Two women vie for the favour of the powerful yet capricious Queen Anne
Cassius "Cash" Green (Lakeith Stanfield) needs a job, and soon - his car is barely running and he's four months late on rent, the rent that keeps his uncle, Sergio (Terry Crews), with a roof over his family's head, so when he gets a job with telemarketing agency RegelView it seems like all his dreams have come true. Except they don't pay except on commission. When Cash is offered a promotion the day he and his friends organise a strike, he must work out just how far he will go, and just how much it can cost to keep above the breadline.
tw: abuse (for art), police brutality, slavery, heavy drug use, sex, human experimentation, racism