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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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A Review: Cassilda’s Song

Cassilda’s Song (Chaosium, 2015), edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., contains 18 tales of the mythos of the King in Yellow, all written by female authors. These stories explore many facets of Cassilda, one of the characters from Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow collection of short stories. As Chambers’ stories and the purported apocryphal play revolve around madness induced by contact with the King in Yellow, so too do the stories in this anthology.

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Visual and Auditory Prompts: Extraordinary Inspiration

When facing the blank page, many authors resort to prompts to get both the creativity and words to flow. There are dozens of prompt books available such as Fred White’s The Daily Writer and Sexton Burke’s The Writer’s Lab: A place to experiment with fiction. But nothing helps a writer incarnate better than to experience a visual or auditory prompt.

If you have a favorite artist, do a Google image search and scan what comes up. What draws your eye? What story or character does the painting or pot or sculpture bring to mind? When inspired, free write. The point is not to write the next blockbuster, but rather to make writing fun again, to nurture the inner creative.

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