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Soft Apocalypses Paperback – July 25, 2014
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"Lucy A. Snyder attacks the page with the raw, manic intensity of an early Sam Raimi. Snyder's endlessly fertile, endlessly twisted imagination has never been so well-displayed."
--Seanan McGuire, John Campbell Award winner
"Lucy A. Snyder's stories have a natural, folksy feel. At first they seem like the kinds of stories your aunt might tell you, or your grandmother. The characters feel quite familiar--you might recognize a neighbor, or a favorite uncle. Snyder's impressive ear for the way real people actually talk draws you in, and sometimes you're well into a story before you realize just how disturbing the situation she's narrating actually is. And when the horror does come it is precisely, almost lovingly described. I'm always eager to see a Lucy Snyder story in the table of contents because I know it's going to be one of the most original in the book."
--Steve Rasnic Tem, author of Blood Kin (Solaris, 2014)
"'Voice' is one of those writing advice words that's been so overused in recent years it's almost lost all meaning...until you read a collection of work by Lucy A. Snyder, and then you know. Lucy's work is smart, passionate, and deeply creepy, all told in her very distinctive style. Thank you, Lucy, for reminding us that 'voice' is still alive and kicking in the best genre fiction."
--Lisa Morton, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Zombie Apocalypse: Washington Deceased
About the Author
- Shotgun Sorceress
- Switchblade Goddess
- Soft Apocalypses
- Orchid Carousals
- Sparks and Shadows
- Chimeric Machines
- Installing Linux on a Dead Badger
- Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer's Survival Guide
She lives in Columbus, Ohio and is a mentor in Seton Hill University's MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. You can learn more about her at lucysnyder.com and you can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.
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Top Customer Reviews
This collection will suck you. No matter how hard you struggle to get away. Don't start reading late at night, you might never sleep again...
This is a nice mix of new material and (slightly) older stuff. We start off with "Magdala Amygdala," the story for which Snyder won the Bram Stoker Award in 2013. It starts out looking like a revisionist zombie story -- until it suddenly isn't a zombie story at all. After that, we get "However..." which originally appeared in a Hellraiser anthology in significantly altered form -- the editors thought the original version was too extreme even for the Cenobites. Luckily, the original is what we get here. We get "Repent, Jessie Shimmer!" -- a short story featuring the star of Snyder's "Spellbent" novels.
We also get science fiction, steampunk, shorter slice-of-life tales, comedy -- all of them shot through with Snyder's special brain-skinning style of literary shock-and-awe. A couple of rednecks discuss corporal punishment -- but they're not talking about spanking. A serial killer stalks a new victim, unaware that he's in more danger than she is. A future apocalypse means bizarre life changes for a woman and her bestial sister. We get plant monsters, haunted paintings, weightlifting vampires, zombie tigers, and much more.
We hear a lot about edgy writers, and they generally come off like preschool kids who shock their classmates by repeating out-of-context cuss words. Snyder doesn't do grade-school shocks. She doesn't just tell you stories that get under your skin. She tells stories that start out under your skin, tunnel in deeper to chew on your nerve endings and hollow out a few organs, and only crawl back out into the sunlight after they've laid eggs inside your spinal cord.
You like horror? You like horror for grownups, willing to delve into the deeply forbidden corners of our psyches and societies, while still indulging in the occasional fun of exploding vampires? Yes, y'all are going to want to go pick this up.
As for the stories themselves - when I read a review, I don't like too much individual detail, because I'm highly paranoid of anything that could spoil the story for me, so I'm just going to say that topically they run the gamut, but the quality is top-notch in every single one. There's not a one which I would have omitted.
I'd also like to point out that Raw Dog Screaming Press put together a good looking cover for this collection.
I thought "great, I don't do Dark very well."
I went an bought the Kindle edition anyways, and since tomorrow is Halloween, decided to spend the dreary afternoon making my self even more depressed with an over-dose of "Dark".
I hate to admit it, but boy, was I wrong. Once I started, I couldn't lay my Kindle down. I only got up from my reading chair to smoke and to pee (but not simultaneously).
"Soft Apocalypses" is an extraordinary collection from Lucy Snyder. I've read a few of her stories over the years and was never disappointed, and this collection of mostly new works once again proves that her skill as a story teller puts her at the top of the field.
It's easy to be judgmental and to pigeon hole writers. This is a deadly mistake though and one that I'm also guilty of myself.
These stories are seriously dark and even more seriously entertaining.
Do yourself a big favor and purchase this collection!
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