Speaking to Skull Kings and Other Stories (2020)

Speaking to Skull Kings and Other Stories Emily B. Cataneo Speaking to Skull Kings and Other Stories A ballet dancer can t escape an unwanted suitor even after death Three sisters live by a strict etiquette book in an abandoned house until one of them starts to question why Two children venture into
  • Title: Speaking to Skull Kings and Other Stories
  • Author: Emily B. Cataneo
  • ISBN: 9781945373619
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
Speaking to Skull Kings and Other Stories Emily B. Cataneo A ballet dancer can t escape an unwanted suitor even after death Three sisters live by a strict etiquette book in an abandoned house, until one of them starts to question why Two children venture into the treacherous forest to find their missing bird guardian A magician struggles to find a cure for the plague descending on her city before it s too late.Emily B CataneoA ballet dancer can t escape an unwanted suitor even after death Three sisters live by a strict etiquette book in an abandoned house, until one of them starts to question why Two children venture into the treacherous forest to find their missing bird guardian A magician struggles to find a cure for the plague descending on her city before it s too late.Emily B Cataneo s debut fiction collection is rife with the decayed grandeur of old Europe, girls who love and loathe ghosts, and magic that comes with a price These stories, many of which have appeared on year s best longlists, span the gamut from soft science fiction to noir, to high fantasy and everything in between They unfold in settings rendered both beautiful and sinister a wintry post Revolution Russia, a gossipy New England town, a lonely bathhouse where robots go to die.As the characters in these tales live out their lives, from childhood to death and beyond, they search for meaning, connection, and safety, struggling to transcend their circumstances and ultimately grappling with the question how far will they go to escape
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  1. S.J. Budd

    May 2017 heralds an exciting debut collection by Emily Cataneo released by Journalstone Publishing It features twelve short stories with intriguing and other worldly titles such as The Emerald Coat and Other Wishes, The City Dreams of Bird Men, The Rondelium Girl of Rue Marseilles and of course, Speaking to Skull Kings.Emily Cataneo has been making waves as an up and coming writer through having her stories feature in many prestigious publications such as Nightmare, Interzone,The Dark, Black Sta [...]

  2. Morgan

    Weird Fiction, I think by definition, is a hard genre to describe Still, I think it s possible to point to a couple of major strains Classic and New Cover Image for Speaking to Skull Kings and Other Stories by Emily B CataneoOn one hand you have the heritage of Machen, Blackwood, Gilman, Ligotti, and of course the decrepit and dark idol of HP himself These are tales almost like ghost stories, where protagonists brush up against the uncanny and either survives or succumbs to bleak fates These tal [...]

  3. Sunil

    Emily B Cataneo s debut short story collection, Speaking to Skull Kings and Other Stories, does not contain many happy endings, if any These stories dance in the dark, and any sweetness is of the bitter variety It may seem odd to begin with endings, but it s the endings that pack so much punch here nearly every story ends with a delightful chill, a mournful buzz, a sinister victory As for the beginnings and middles, I found myself most drawn in by the most fantastical and weird stories, like the [...]

  4. Maria Haskins

    Cataneo s dark, weird, and fantastical stories defy easy description, bending history and reality and old fairytales into new shapes There s the Russian revolution but skewed as if seen through a magical lens There s France but a France where women have wings attached to their flesh and bone There s old Europe, haunted by an ominous Dark, where the population of a city looks to bird men for salvation Cataneo weaves together all these strands of history and magic, horror and fairytale, into somet [...]

  5. Kevin Lucia

    A wonderfully surreal trip into the fantastic unknown It s not steampunk, it s not fantasy, it s not science fiction, it s not horror it s a brand of fantastic and weird magical realism that belongs entirely to Emily Cataneo Full review soon on CDonline.

  6. Kendra

    This story collection is a deep dive into the glorious and haunted imagination of Emily Cataneo Her stories are dark and moody and rich in whimsy, peopled with dead girls and ghosts and Victorian lady scientists with uneasy intentions draped in lovely bones and rotting lace and obsessions that drive like rain over worn and haunted Russian cobblestones.In many ways, SPEAKING TO SKULL KINGS is a bold, feminist retaking of the Victorian gothic genre Cataneo s dark hearted worlds are concerned entir [...]

  7. Eddie Generous

    Unnerving Magazine ReviewVast in concepts and imagination, Speaking to Skull Kings and Other Stories rolls throughs time and explores sub sections of humanity There are a couple heavily recurring items, one being a character vehicle and the other being a theme Many of the stories centered around ghosts, nearly all of them focussed on death There is much there as far as compelling stories go Aside from ghosts, the other often occurring factor was a sense of having had something and lost it, or ha [...]

  8. Cassandra

    Emily B Cataneo s Speaking to Skull Kings is full of stories for weird kids who grew up into weird adults or for fans of Kelly Link, Karen Russell, Shirley Jackson, and Angela Carter Every story transports the reader perfectly into a fully realized and often terrifying world, from the gothic horror of A Guide to Etiquette and Comportment for the Sisters of Henley House to the post revolution steampunk Russia of The Firebird and the dystopian, portal filled Boston that unfolds in Purple Lemons De [...]

  9. David Bridges

    This is one of my favorite short story collections of the year I believe I may have said that at least 3 times this year That just means I read a lot of good short stories I had no idea who Cataneo was before checking this book out It sounded like the type of dark fantasy that I like, and I have read some other great books by the publisher.Cataneo definitely has an innovative voice of her own in this collection If you wanted to enjoy Michael Cisco without all the complicated wordplay Not dissing [...]

  10. Lucas

    A delightful debut collection Cataneo s imagination spins fantastic tales of the bereaved, the lost, and the downtrodden with incisive writing and supreme command A flower that lightens a body until it floats to disastrous consequence , a dead balet dancer whose controlling teacher attempts reanimation, ghosts, spirits, conjurings it s all here, and all a joy.

  11. Ben Sloan

    If dark, beautiful stories are your thing, it doesn t get much better than this Dead women teaching worms to dance Hungry ghosts Dying robots And all imbued with a very human longing Dark Beautiful Read it and see.

  12. Amy (Other Amy)

    Speaking to Skull Kings A Guide to Etiquette and Comportment for the Sisters of Henley House The Rondelium Girl of Rue Marseilles Not the Grand Duke s Dancer The Ghosts of Blackwell, Maine The Heart Machine Purple Lemons The Firebird The Emerald Coat and Other Wishes The City Dreams of Bird Men Hungry Ghosts Victoria s One Way Ticket

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