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And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe by [Kiste, Gwendolyn]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: JournalStone (14 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XJ9Q48R
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've long been an admirer of Gwendolyn Kiste ever since I discovered one of her stories, Audrey at Night, in Sanitarium Magazine. She's had her work published in all the top magazines such as Nightmare, Shimmer, Lamplight, and Interzone and has such a unique gift for story telling.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Suffice it to say Kiste has a wonderful gift of taking elements of life that we may ... 25 April 2017
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This collection is the first exposure I’ve had to Gwendolyn Kiste’s work, and if I can’t find her earlier works I will definitely be searching for her future work as it comes out. And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe is comprised of fourteen stories that show a familiar world with deep currents of bizarre beauty, pain, and sheer anomaly running through it that create a tapestry of weird horror unlike anything I’ve read before. I’m not going to give examples simply because it’s unique with every story and does nothing to try to create comparison where there is none. Suffice it to say Kiste has a wonderful gift of taking elements of life that we may take for granted or may think don’t affect us at all, then show a gem within it which can evoke wonder or sorrow or terrifying empathy, all of them at the same time not being out of the question.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar collection of dark fantasy 19 April 2017
By Matthew Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
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Gwendolyn Kiste's debut collection is consistent from beginning to end. She doesn't write about sad girls ruminating on their sad lives. Instead, she tells tales of girls and women who DO something about their sadness and scars. Whether or not they fail or succeed in their undertakings, the author gives you a reason to flip the pages with her cutting, yet plush, prose. Not many collections can boast of such a solid table of contents, and I predict that "And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe" will be a worthy contender come awards season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing dark fantasy/horror collection 12 May 2017
By Logan Noble - Published on Amazon.com
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A dark fantasy/horror short story collection with some truly beautiful stories. 'All the Red Apples Have Withered to Gray' & 'And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe' are my two favorites.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars swap the birds for disappearances and you’re about to understand that the fantastic first story was not a fluke 14 April 2017
By Eddie Generous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Unnerving Magazine Review
This is another of those rare instances where I shall bury some my enthusiasm for the sake of professionalism. But first, And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe is absolutely incredible.
There's a I-can't-quite-put-my-finger-on-it feeling to most of the stories when it comes to pinning down a genre. The collection opens on a dark fantasy. It’s avian, it’s weird, it’s heavy, enveloping.
As far as result is concerned, little changes with the second story, swap the birds for disappearances and you’re about to understand that the fantastic first story was not a fluke, nor was the second, or third, or fourth...
Emotional and weighty in its descriptions and needs, The Clawfoot Requiem brings a touch more horror into the equation, but nothing brash or heartbeat pattering. It is a backdoor, all-consuming horrific vibe. 
As it happens often in this collection the unlikely digs in its nails and becomes a fact, something to lose, or burn up. There are fairy tale vibes, twisted and reimagined for tales of death, and rebirth, and mystery. 
A recurring theme here is the outsider, told from the view of the outsider. The unwanted figure looking in, cowering, running away from trauma. It’s not an unusual subject for fiction, but Gwendolyn Kiste offers such an original and wrenching distribution it would be difficult to compare her to many others.
I’ve read a book or two and none come to mind readily.
If I thought it necessary to go on along the same thread, it would be easy to point out titles in this collection that would standout placed in virtually any anthology of shorts. And do so over and over and over and... The voice and themes here shake the expected and reinvent the norms so easily the fantastical aspects fit everywhere. The somber tones and palpable emotions compliment in a perfect, eloquent companionship of dark literature. Gwendolyn Kiste has an imagination and delivery that is not only rare, but extraordinary. It is profound and touching on so many levels that this works towers above the majority of ARCs from my inbox.
After And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, Gwendolyn Kiste is on my personal short list of must-read authors. If there’s another collection as good as this in 2017, I will be surprised. I certainly won’t hold my breath on it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and haunting 22 May 2017
By Maria Haskins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Kiste has a real gift for pulling reality inside out in her fiction, taking situations, fairytales, and storylines that might seem everyday or familiar at first glance, and then twisting them into uniquely imagined, dark, and haunting tales. Her prose is exquisite: a prime example is the beautiful ‘All the Red Apples Have Withered to Gray’. Kiste can also chill you right to the bone, as she does in the haunting ‘Audrey At Night’.
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