- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 623.0 KB
- Print Length: 267 pages
- Publisher: JournalStone (14 April 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XJ9Q48R
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #767,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So I was very excited to hear that she's about to release her debut collection with Journal Stone in April 2017.
I would describe the 14 tales in this collection as beautiful horror, enchanting like a fairy tale, spell binding, ethereal, but underneath the surface lies something very dark and unsettling
This is horror but with a strong feminine touch which is a much needed thing in the horror genre today which is heavily dominated with men. It's like a quiet horror that builds with every page. Tales that you will want to read again and again.
These are the stories of the forgotten and the rejected who refuse to fall asunder to change what makes them special to fit in. Powerful themes are dealt with in this collection such as illusions which keep us bound, love, loyalty, revenge and utmost regret. It celebrates the lives of people who see things differently who don't want to stand in line with everyone else.
For me the stand out tales are; The Tower Princesses, The Five Day Summer Camp, The Clawfoot Requiem and of course, Her Smile Will Untether the Universe.
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And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe has many stories that literally are a hard mile's walk in someone else’s shoes, and a large part of the surreal beauty and tragedy that weave throughout these tales is wondering how they do it. Kiste is a beautiful and disturbing new voice in literary horror, and any who enjoys reading it or who is just looking for an exciting new avenue of the of the Weird is doing themselves a grave disservice if they do not pick it up.
While each story stands out on it's own, author Gwendolyn Kiste uses each imaginative premise to tell a tale of a unique woman, whether it's the woman who gives birth to birds in "Something Borrowed, Something Blue," the encased, persecuted girls in the heart-rending "The Tower Princesses," the scorned protagonist in the clever "By Now, I'll Probably Be Gone," or the neglected stage actress literally immortalized on screen in the sublime title story. These women are all outcasts or outsiders, the unwanted and forgotten, who ultimately free themselves from the limitations the world has placed on them. Each tale is special and I was especially touched by the final story, "The Lazarus Bride," a sad but deeply romantic story about holding on to something that you ultimately need to let go of.
I loved this. I was unfamiliar with Gwendolyn Kiste before but she made a real impression on me with this book. She seems to have a few more things coming down the pipeline so I'm excited to read more from her!
Her approach to each theme is as unique as the theme itself, ranging from first to second and third person, with a variety of clever tricks up her sleeve in the form of questionnaires, itineraries, and hand-written notes.
Hers is a style one immediately wishes they could somehow duplicate, and though imitation is the highest form of flattery, much like her last tale in the book, you can't catch that kind of lightning in a bottle.