I occasionally get asked to blurb books if I like them, although there are rare instances when I cannot. For 2021 here are the books that I did give blurbs to, and I think many of my readers will also find them interesting and enjoyable. I’d share what I wrote about them here, but I think the whole point of a blurb is for you to head over to their websites and discover for yourself. 🙂
Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken by Lee Murray, Geneve Flynn, Christina Sng and Angela Yuriko Smith. In the poetry collection Tortured Willows, four Southeast Asian women writers of horror expand on the exploration of otherness begun with the Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women.
NOMBONO: An Anthology of Speculative Poetry by BIPOC Creators From Around the World edited by Akua Lezli Hope. NOMBONO, drawing from the Zulu word for “visionary,” brings together mystical dreams and possibilities that are at times both striking and devastating.
Of One Pure Will by Farah Rose Smith is an intriguing collection of short stories with an aesthetic of interest for fans of contemporary horror and connoisseurs of turn-of-the-century of Decadence and Symbolist literature.
Bounded by Eternity is the newest collection of poetry by Deborah L. Davitt, and will provide a good introduction to her speculative verse while taking her readers in some interesting directions as a novella in verse about a woman who has forgotten her own name and history, by her own choice, through by a compact with Oberon, the king of the fey. The story moves between future and past, interweaving myth and reality, memory and confabulation, and loss and survival, eventually transmuting fear to forgiveness.
My appreciation to all of the poets and writers who brought their books to my attention, and I hope their new books find the readers they are meant for!