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Hair Side, Flesh Side Paperback – November 15, 2012
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Marshall completed an Bachelor's Degree in English at the University of Guelph, followed by a Masters in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. Her current research as a Doctoral Candidate in Medieval Studies investigates the scrappy fragments of medieval books that survive from the early fourteenth century when scribes were just beginning to experiment with composing in English after the Norman Conquest obliterated the native writing culture in 1066.
In 2011, Marshall published a collection of poetry, Skeleton Leaves, that "[took] the children's classic, [stripped] away the flesh, and [revealed] the dark heart of Peter Pan beating beneath." The collection was jury-selected for the Preliminary Ballot of the Bram Stoker Award for excellence in Horror, nominated for a Rhysling Award for Science Fiction Poetry and won an Aurora Award for best Canadian speculative poem. Her poetry and fiction have been published a range of magazines including Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, The Chiaroscuro, Paper Crow, Abyss & Apex, and Tor.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The book's title is apt. Marshall dissects some of her subjects, and autopsies others. "Pieces of Broken Things" and "The Art of Dying," especially, will make you flinch. "The Mouth, Open" will kill your appetite for a while. She's not afraid to dig deep.
My two favourite stories are "Sanditon," about an editor who finds a missing Jane Austen manuscript written inside her skin, and "Dead White Men," a ghost story that would make MR James proud.
Though her stories have soft tones of other writers--Neil Gaiman, Holly Phillips, Gemma Files, and yes, even Jane Austen (she has a very good ear for dialogue,) her voice is her own.
It is well-worth hearing.
This is an author to watch. She immediately goes onto my "A" list (i.e., I'll read anything she publishes).
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Here's the thing about anthologies, and about attempts to review, describe or comment on anthologies - well intentioned blurbers and reviewers give you one sentence summaries of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pop Bop
Many of the stories in Hair Side, Flesh Side, the debut collection of Canadian weird fantasist Helen Marshall, focus on books, libraries and manuscripts. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by M. Griffin