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Beautiful Sorrows Paperback – September 5, 2012
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"Beautiful Sorrows... delicate prose with devastating impact. Mercedes Yardley is a female Joe Hill, and I fear her 'Broken' will haunt me to my grave." --F. Paul Wilson, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Keep and The Tomb
"Mercedes Yardley's debut collection, Beautiful Sorrows, holds its hands out, palms up, no tricks, no irony, no clever retreats from honest emotions. Life's travails inhabit these pages, and she renders them beautifully." --Christopher Barzak, author of One for Sorrow and The Love We Share Without Knowing
"Mercedes M. Yardley has the Right Stuff. She demonstrates that in her wonderful collection of short stories: Beautiful Sorrows. Each story is a different kind of gem, the bagful priceless." --Gene O'Neill, Bram Stoker Award™-winning Author of The Taste of Tenderloin and Double Jack"
About the Author
MERCEDES M. YARDLEY wears red stilettos and writes whimsical horror. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including John Skipp's Bram Stoker Award™-winning Demons: Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed, and A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs. Mercedes lives in Sin City.
Top customer reviews
Her writing is flawless .
Beautiful Sorrows features twenty-seven stories, ranging from paragraph long micro-fictions to a single novella length. It’s a mix of the fantastic and the dark . But it’s the sheer exquisiteness of these stories that provides the through-line that holds them all together.
Some of these stories are heartbreaking and will leave you in tears. Others are breathtakingly jarring and will make you want to look away for a moment to remind yourself you can leave the confines of her world, even if just for a moment. All are unforgettable. All will haunt you long after you turn the last page... There is humor and sadness, flights of fancy and dull, gray reality. Yes there is horror that goes deep down to your bones, but there is also hope the floats up with the clouds. After putting this book down and wiping my sticky fingers and still watering mouth, I can honestly say that Beautiful Sorrows offers a little bit of everything.
While I myself did not like the book much, I understand that there are many readers out there who will love this collection. So if you think this may be your kind of book don't let my personal disappointment with it discourage you from finding out for yourself - each to his own.
(Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own)
What I can do is offer heartfelt and awestruck praise for this brilliant, beautiful,gruesome and grotesque collection of creativity the likes of which I have never seen before. Oh, I've read great collections and anthologies that were exceptional. What makes the collection so unique and praiseworthy is the bedazzling array of styles and formats all offered by ONE author in ONE collection!
She offers horror and fairytales, sometimes in the same story. She is unafraid to leave the end of a story up to the reader. She exhibits a sense of humour that is so outrageous and yet appropriate to each situation that it is uncanny. Stated as simply and clearly as I can say it, Mercedes M Yardley is the writer least afraid of her own imagination writing today. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it. I feel fortunate to be around as her career is taking flight.
Most recent customer reviews
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