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Garden of Eldritch Delights Kindle Edition
"(T)hose who love the poignant and bizarre - at which Snyder excels - won't be disappointed."
-- Publishers Weekly
"This is an amazing collection of speculative fiction! ... Garden of Eldritch Delights is a Five-Star read which will be displayed on the 'Wall of Fame' where all my favorite books are!"
"I fully recommend giving this book a read. In the world of speculative fiction and weird dark science fiction, this one is a hit."
-- The Scary Reviews
"(A)stonishing and fantastic ... go get the book ...."
-- The Haunted Reading Room
"Snyder is known for short fiction that expands tropes and puts a new spin on old genres. In these twelve stories you will find influences from classic horror figures like H.P. Lovecraft and Ambrose Bierce, but you won't find the same characters or plot devices. With the ability to write across many genres and a keen eye for injustice, Snyder brings new voices to life ...."
-- Ohioana Library Newsletter
"All told, Garden of Eldritch Delights is a wonderful collection that can tickle your fancy and tingle your spine, often in the same story. Each new tale weaves another world of speculative rapture that will engulf you with unrelenting fervor. Here the fantastic is laid bare, opening up new dimensions of genre writing that alternately thrills and enchants."
-- Nightmarish Conjurings
"I absolutely recommend checking out Garden of Eldritch Delights if you are at all interested in feminist or Lovecraftian horror!"
-- Howling Libraries --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07HHF34TD
- Publisher : Raw Dog Screaming Press (October 18, 2018)
- Publication date : October 18, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1612 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 184 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,879 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Garden of Eldritch Delights starts out strong with That Which Does Not Kill You – about the real-life pains of a broken heart and Sunset on Mott Island – an end-of-the-world tale about a doctor with revelations and a woman caring for her dying mother in a dying world. It continues with some of my other favorites: The Gentleman Caller – about an unexpected sex worker, her familial gift, and how the grass isn’t always greener; Executive Functions – a story that I will always look back fondly on every time I have to deal with a jerk in the workplace; and A Noble Endeavor; about a young slave girl who changes the world.
While some stories were a little weaker than others, there is not a bad, or even a just okay, story in the whole collection. Every single one is worth a read. I love that Snyder can write strong, empowered female characters without making them feel like a trope. These women all have unique personalities, strengths, weaknesses – they are real, they are every woman. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.
Besides the usual assortment of amazing plotlines, shocking reveals, blood-drenched horrors, and mind-fracturing monsters, one of the great pleasures of Snyder's stories are her characters. They're deeply realized people, and they often have the kinds of unique characteristics you won't find in any other work of fiction. Looking for a formerly conjoined twin who suddenly acquires the ability to body-switch via telephone? A woman with Turner syndrome who can rewrite reality? A woman whose terrible scars mark her as the new queen of the world? You'll get to meet all of them here.
Some of the stories we find inside are:
"Executive Functions" - A wealthy sociopath who thinks he's a master of the business world gets a quick lesson on who the real masters are and exactly where he fits in the pecking (and puking) order.
"The Gentleman Caller" - A gift of a magic necklace gives a deformed woman a chance at the good life -- until her benefactor reveals the horrifying cost.
"The Yellow Death" - A woman goes from the victim of a vampire apocalypse to a biker badass -- and then meets her long-lost sister, who reveals her secret heritage...
"Blossoms Blackened Like Dead Stars" - The best way to describe this one is a mashup of Lovecraft, Frankenstein, and "Rappaccini's Daughter" in a perfect military space opera setting.
"A Hero of Grünjord" - A heroic warrior and her dragon successfully down a flying saucer (!!!), and then travel to a distant, dying kingdom, all while weighing the question of whether to marry into the royal family.
Plus there's the astonishingly beautiful pre-apocalypse tale of "Sunset on Mott Island," where the rise of the Old Ones takes a back seat to a quiet meditation on death and mercy.
Snyder's brilliant horror is the spotlight in most of these stories -- and justifiably so, as she's got a knack for terrifying tales that dig deep into your skin and set up epic shocks along every quivering nerve ending -- but a lot of the fun of this collection is watching how she works her magic in new kinds of stories, from cyberpunk action to gritty fantasy.
I thought this one was a lot of fun -- go pick it up!
There are a dozen stories in all, drawn from an impressive list of anthology appearances and including a Year’s Best honorable mention nod. Reading them, it’s not at all hard to see why.
Particular favorites of mine included:
“Fraeternal,” a tale of twins and experiments and uncanny abilities and insidious twisting destiny, a truly outstanding piece of work, one of the best short stories I’ve read in quite some time;
“The Gentleman Caller,” in which a disabled phone-sex operator has the opportunity to reinvent her life, only to find that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side;
“That Which Does Not Kill You,” a graphic and grisly bit of betrayal body horror told in rare and unusually well-done second person POV;
and “Executive Functions,” where a callous corporate sleazeball gets a rude awakening to the true nature of reality.
From small-time crime with a touch of witchery, to high-stakes crime with a cyberpunk edge … from the intimately personal to the end of the entire world … from the alternate past to possible futures and other places far removed … this book has a little something for everyone, all well worth the read.