News post!

My first review for the AV Club went up yesterday! I tackled the BBC mini In the Flesh, which is now airing over here on BBC America. (Slight spoiler warning – the review is for the entire miniseries despite the Ep. 1 tag.) Nutshell: It’s a thoughtful approach to zombies, and excels in the awkward minutiae of trying to put a family back together; some aspects of the story aren’t as carefully, well, fleshed out (featuring Evil Clergyman and a love story between two teen boys that never quite comes together), but it’s well worth a watch for the dinner scenes alone. You can check it out here.


And a story update!

I have a story in Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales, edited by Paula Guran. “The Lenten Rose” is a story about a story I’ve always loved and found disturbing in equal measure (as with a lot of my favorite fairy tales), The Snow Queen. There’s a note in the anthology itself about Why This Story, but I think the epigraph is sort of the giveaway that the story seemed to end at a place that promised you everything was just like before, even though you always knew there was no way; that’s not what journeys do.

The roses out on the roof were in full bloom…and Kay and Gerda seated themselves each on their own chair, and held each other by the hand, while the cold empty grandeur of the Snow Queen’s palace vanished from their memories like a painful dream…And they both sat there, grown up, yet children at heart; and it was summer—warm, beautiful summer.
—“The Snow Queen,” Hans Christian Andersen

Two strangers are living in a house.

It’s summer; warm, beautiful summer.

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The house is choked by roses—white, always white, nothing must be red any more.

Every window has heavy curtains. He closes the curtains at the first frost, every year, and doesn’t open them again until the roses bloom.

She’s tried to kill them, a hundred times.

It’s due out in October; you can check out the full table of contents here (I’m in excellent company), and preorder at Indiebound here!