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REVIEW: Nothing but the Rain by Naomi Salman

Rain washes away memories in Naomi Salman’s apocalyptic debut novella, Nothing but the Rain. The novella is set in the stormy town of Aloisville, an isolated village with fewer than two hundred inhabitants whose...

REVIEW: The Scourge Between Stars by Ness Brown

The Scourge Between Stars is the debut sci-fi horror by Ness Brown, an astrophysics graduate student and former astronomy instructor. Earth has become uninhabitable due to the unmitigated environmental damage of modern human civilization,...

REVIEW: The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw

Cassandra Khaw’s new novella, The Salt Grows Heavy, is a darkly beautiful nightmare brought to life, which will drive a dagger through your heart and leave you begging for more. The Salt Grows Heavy...

REVIEW: Untethered Sky by Fonda Lee

Untethered Sky is Fonda Lee’s delicate coming-of-age novella inspired by Persian and Arabian folklore, featuring two beasts from Middle Eastern mythology: manticores and rocs. The manticore, which derives its name from the Persian word...

REVIEW: Arch-Conspirator by Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth’s novella, Arch-Conspirator, reimagines the Athenian tragedy, “Antigone,” by Sophocles. Combining a distant future with current themes, Roth increases the pressure and keeps the fuse burning right up until the very end. Each...

REVIEW: Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk

Demons, angels and dangerous bargains meet in C.L. Polk’s brilliant novella Even Though I Knew the End, set in a vividly drawn 1940s Chicago and featuring a sapphic romance and sinister blood magic. When...

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REVIEW: The Litany of Earth by Ruthanna Emrys

The Litany of Earth is a short novella, roughly 32 pages, depicting the life of Aphra Marsh. Aphra Marsh is an unusual protagonist as she is a Deep One hybrid and trying to make...

REVIEW: Feed Them Silence by Lee Mandelo

Feed Them Silence is the latest work from author Lee Mandelo. Published by TorDotCom, this novella is a ‘near-future’ piece of science fiction following the work of Doctor Sean Kell Luddon’s attempt to ‘be...

Ten Queer Books to Kickstart Your Reading

Welcome to the top ten queer books to kickstart your reading. There is a notion that books that appeal to a Grimdark reading audience are written by cis-het white men for cis-het white men....

REVIEW: The Hedge Witch by Cari Thomas

The latest offering from the Sunday Times bestselling author Cari Thomas is her novella The Hedge Witch. Set in her Threadneedle world, The Hedge Witch appears earlier in The Language of Magic chronology than...