A Story by Betsy James: Paradise and Trout

Road Through Woods by Betsy James with permission.

When Hally Kass died, his father put a bridge in his hand.

Anyone would have said it was a reed, the jointed kind that Hally, when he was small, had liked to pull apart and put back together. But it was a bridge, and when his father laid it–it was about eight inches long–on his son’s chest and wrapped his cool fingers around it, he told Hally how he was to use it.

“Go out the door,” he said. “Turn east and follow the road to the mountain. Any being you meet is a demon. Don’t speak.” A willow twig, burned to charcoal, had been laid between the boy’s lips to remind him of what, now, he was.

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Review: Utter Fabrication

Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures is a collection of twenty-two light horror short stories published by Mad Scientist Journal. The stories run from flash to the upper end of short stories at 8000 words. Of the twenty-two authors twelve self-identify as women.

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Review: The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne Valente

The Refrigerator Monologues (Saga Press, 2017) by Catherynne Valente is a beautiful, but challenging, read. The difficulty is not in the writing, but rather in the content, as the narrative follows the women who have been part of a super hero’s life and died as a result of their romantic entanglements. While some of the individual stories are less brutal than others, the book as a whole is an excellent look of how women have been treated by comic book writers over the years.

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The 2017 World Fantasy Award Finalists

The 2017 World Fantasy Award Finalists were posted Wednesday 26 July.

The awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention, held November 2-5, 2017 at the Wyndham Riverwalk in San Antonio TX.

The World Fantasy Awards Finalists for novels are:

  •    Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga)
  •    Roadsouls, Betsy James (Aqueduct)
  •    The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  •    The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North (Redhook; Orbit UK)
  •    Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)

We here at Girl Cooties congratulate everyone but include a special shout-out to Betsy James who contributes here! Woohoo!

A Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Wrong Turns

Photo by K. Kitts of her original Valerian no. 6 L’Ambassadeur des Ombres.

Warning:  There be spoilers unless you are a Valerian and Laureline fan and already know the story.

The movie more or less uses the plot of the sixth graphic novel from the series titled Ambassador of the Shadows with an cameo of the natives from Avatar. The title of this movie is lifted from the second novel likely because it sounded bigger.

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