BLACK CRANES

Tales of Unquiet Women

Almond-eyed celestial, the filial daughter, the perfect wife. Quiet, submissive, demure. In Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, Southeast Asian writers of horror both embrace and reject these traditional roles in a unique collection of stories which dissect their experiences of ‘otherness’, be it in the colour of their skin, the angle of their cheekbones, the things they dare to write, or the places they have made for themselves in the world.

 

Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women is a dark and intimate exploration of what it is to be a perpetual outsider. Featuring 14 stories by Nadia Bulkin, Grace Chan, Rin Chupeco, Elaine Cuyegkeng, Geneve Flynn, Gabriela Lee, Rena Mason, Lee Murray, Angela Yuriko Smith, and Christina Sng, and a foreword by Alma Katstu (The Deep). Includes Grace Chan’s Aurealis-nominated story ‘The Mark’, currently shortlisted for Australia’s Norma K. Hemming Award which recognises excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work.

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There may not be a more natural pairing in all of literature than "Asian woman" and "Horror"... We can be many things. The only thing we can't be is defeated. --from the Foreword by Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger and The Deep

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Shrieks and Shivers

Jeani Rector and the Horror Zine have compiled another classic anthology of unsettling and stomach-churning tales in the tradition of Pan Books or Weird Tales, and introduced us to a motley band of new horror talent, some of whom will no doubt become household names in the genre in time. This unrepentant volume reminds us why the small press is such a force in dark literature.

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