For the Horse Girls

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You might have known one. You might have been one. Or you might only have heard about them as yet another mythic creature on the internet: the girls (and boys, and nonbinary folks) who were obsessed with all things equine. Highly imaginative and yet necessarily down to earth, these special individuals might have been a …

Eartheater Review: Deep as Graves, Strong as Foundations

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American stories about people with powers often involve organizations and the general public getting swept up in their struggles. The government wants to use them! Scientists want to study them! The media will hound them! Those stories are always a bit fatiguing to me in their paranoia (not unjustified paranoia, but still), because in reality, …

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain Review: A Story to Keep You Alive

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Self-defense storytelling is only a little younger than storytelling itself. Shahrazad is the most famous victor of such a contest, but Egil Skallagrimsson did it in Iceland’s famous Egil’s Saga, and there are fairy tales and legends from across the globe that feature getting creative with a narrative to save your neck. And it’s no …

13 Halloween Titles

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Zombies, ghouls, and all the rest of the night’s ilk might be the least frightening things about 2020. I, too, have an approximately once-monthly freakout and want to howl at the moon. I, too, want to dissolve into mist or frantically flap around squeaking at frequent intervals. And I, too, shuffle around mindlessly in search …