This Week's Story: "Skills To Keep the Devil In His Place"

By Lia Swope Mitchell, appearing in Shimmer

Read Lia Swope Mitchell's "Skills To Keep the Devil In His Place"

This week's story complements last week's story. Obviously I think you should read both, otherwise I wouldn't have sent them to you, but in this case I think it's worth reading both one-after-the-other. They speak to the same things: teenage girls, hunger, and the way teenage girls are asked to tamp that hunger down. They're also both a little creepy (it's still October, after all), straddling that line between horror and urban fantasy, but the stories are squared around the girl's experiences--no Evil Sexy Teens here. Anyway, go read it, and if you missed "The Magician's Apprentice" last week go read it too.

"Skills To Keep the Devil In His Place" appeared in Shimmer in November 2016. Sadly, Shimmer closed up shop in 2018 (and I miss them dearly). Their stories are all still available online, though, and they're almost all as strange and unsettling and good as this one.

What I'm Up To

Hey y'all! I warned you there might be infrequent sections on the things I'm doing. Here's the first: last week a story I wrote (no promises of greatness) was published on a podcast (my first ever!). You can go listen to it on The Overcast.

This Week's Story: "The Magician's Apprentice"

by Tamsyn Muir, appearing in Lightspeed Magazine

Read Tamsyn Muir’s “The Magician’s Apprentice”

Welcome to October everyone. In celebration, this week’s story is just a little scary. A little dark. Despite the title, it’s not high fantasy—it’s dark urban fantasy, probably, about a teen girl, her master magician, and the prices they pay for magic.

“The Magician’s Apprentice” first appeared in Weird Tales in 2012, but was reprinted in Lightspeed in September 2017. The author has just released a book with Tor which I cannot wait to read.

This week's story: "Away With the Wolves"

By Sarah Gailey, appearing in Uncanny Magazine

Read Sarah Gailey’s “Away With the Wolves”

It’s starting to feel like fall where I am, which means it’s the perfect time for a werewolf story. This one is a story exploring identity and chronic pain, which is why it’s a great story and not just a cool story (but it’s still about wolves, making it also a cool story).

“Away With the Wolves” appeared in Uncanny Magazine in September 2019.

This week's story: "The Words on My Skin"

By Caroline M. Yoachim, appearing in Uncanny Magazine

Read “The Words on My Skin” by Caroline M. Yoachim

Just like last week’s story, this week’s story is about heredity—what we’re given by our families, what we try to leave behind. And, just like last week’s story, it’s very short. This story does what all good fantasy should do: it leaves you thinking about the implications of the magic and it uses that magic to tell an emotionally true story.

“The Words on My Skin” first appeared in Uncanny Magazine in July 2016.

This week's story: “Passed Down"

by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, appearing in Daily Science Fiction

Read Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s “Passed Down”

This week’s story is a very short one (to make up for last week’s… not-so-short one). It’s a clever bit of SF flash, taking one decision point and wrapping a whole bunch of alien concepts around it. It’s also just unsettling enough to stick with you.

“Passed Down” appears in Daily Science Fiction, which emails an original story every weekday (and I try to read most of them…).

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