Review: Beauty Secrets of the Martyrs by Verity Holloway

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Happy New Year, everyone!

For me, the new year started with a look at my favourite reads of 2015, and then I went straight back to (academic and creative) writing.

But of course I can’t stop talking about books, which is why you’re already getting a new review. Beauty Secrets of the Martyrs is Verity Holloway’s debut novella. “If you like things that share the aesthetic of the Penny Dreadful TV series, with maybe a bit of the undead Jane Austen remix thrown in, you might like this book.”

Review: Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville

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My review of China’s new short story collection is up on Strange Horizons. This book has something for (almost) every kind of reader: composite monsters, complex characters, new and radically different zombies, fascinating worldmaking, unspeakable horror from deep underwater, sentient (socialist) dust, friendship and romance, archaeology, uncanny scrimshaw, burning stags, fake movie trailers, and even a touch of military SF. And my review even comes with a TL;DR, so don’t waste any more time and get the book. ;)

“Dun da de Sewolawen: The Heart of Silence”

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Feed your phones and e-readers! My Weird SFF zeuhl novelette “Dun da de Sewolawen: The Heart of Silence” is in issue #4 of The New Accelerator! It’s a story about how one generation’s utopia is no longer a utopia to the next generation; it’s simply their home. It’s also a story about loss, adventure, music, tentacular smoke-monsters, and above all about friendship.

Special thanks go to:

Magma (obviously). It was great fun to play with their language. I tried to treat it respectfully, too.

Zali Krishna – for ongoing feedback and inspiration, especially for Bound to Lose and Tolley Boy.

Michael Hellwig, Christian Michael Riesslegger, Christian Maurer, Joshua Levesque – friends, sources of inspiration, players of ideas ping-pong, and quite frequently beta-readers of my stories.

H.P. Lovecraft, Jean ‘Mœbius’ Giraud, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Hayao Miyazaki and China Miéville – who, it seems, have (both consciously and unconsciously) influenced this piece of work.

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