Imperfect Commentaries

by Ruthanna Emrys
Release date: June 2019
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, short stories

Sympathy with the sea, with the weird, and with monsters fills the stories of Imperfect Commentaries. Ruthanna Emrys's collection offers readers feminist and #ownvoices Neo-Lovecraftian fiction, anthropological science fiction, and fantasies of belonging, plus miscellaneous deleted scenes, poems, and secret story origins. Readers familiar with her novels (Winter Tide and Deep Roots) will see the first appearance Aphra Marsh, an Innsmouth survivor, still recovering from her losses and making a life for herself in late-1940s San Francisco in "The Litany of Earth."

Contents:

"Welcome, and Introductions"
"Seven Commentaries on an Imperfect Land"
Interlude: Sharing the Moon
"Correspondence"
Interlude: Evening Prayer
"The Deepest Rift"
Interlude: At the Haiku Earring Party
"Exposure Therapy"
Interlude: The Serpent Explains the Nature of Tricksters to Her Wife
The Litany of Earth
Interlude: An Innsmouth Feast
Interlude: The Return
The Taste of Prayer, the Smell of Snow
Interlude: I’ll Title This Sestina After I Put the Baby to Bed
"The Jester’s Child"
Interlude: Lullaby
"Brief Candle"
Interlude: Elizabeth’s Tale
"Ghosts and Simulations"
Interlude: Flume Vale
"The Two-Body Problem"
Interlude: Gelett Burgess Shale
"Those Who Watch"
Interlude: Pantheon
"The Word of Flesh and Soul"

(updated 2019-05-17)

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