Tag Archives : dark fantasy

Choose Your Instrument: Announcing Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare


Here at Speculative Chic, we’ve made a habit of focusing not just on the mainstream popular science fiction and fantasy of the current day, but also highlighting the hidden gems. Today, we’re pleased to celebrate the publication of a new poetry collection, Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare, by Speculative Chic contributor Stephanie M. Wytovich. Take a break from the merriment…

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Finding Home: A Review of Every Heart A Doorway


Every Heart a Doorway (2016)  Written by: Seanan McGuire Genre: Dark Fantasy Pages: 174 (Kindle) Publisher: Tor.com Why I chose it: I first heard of Seanan McGuire back in 2009 when I picked up Feed by Mira Grant at the bookstore. Feed is a novel about an internet blogging team covering a presidential campaign about 25 years or so after…

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The Nebula-Quest of Lisa P: A Review of The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson


The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe (2016) Written by: Kij Johnson Pages: 169 (Paperback) Publisher: Tor.com Why I Chose It: There’s a couple reasons. First, I’ve always wanted to read something by Kij Johnson. Second, the title along with the great illustrated cover intrigued me. The premise: Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College. When one of her…

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Chain Reaction: Crossing Over — Three Tales of Thin Places, Goblins, and Fairies


In Celtic mythology, “thin places” are spots where this world and the Otherworld allow inhabitants to cross over. The most famous example is actually Halloween, followed by the tale of Tam Lin, and Cristina Rosetti’s classic poem “Goblin Market.” Halloween, or Samhain (pronounced SAH-ween), took place just after the harvest and was thought to be a time when the boundaries…

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Childe Casey to the Dark Tower Came


Stephen King is a man who needs no introduction from someone as lowly as me.  Everybody’s heard of him.  Almost everybody’s read his work or watched a movie based on one of his many, many novels or short stories.  I cannot claim to have read all of his work (nowhere close at this point), but I have read my fair…

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