Body horror is in the eye of the beholder. One person’s eating disorder is another person’s wedding feast; this person’s nightmare about life-stealing parasites is that person’s pregnancy.
The deadline for Hugo voting is imminent. The last of the categories I was willing to read cover to cover, the novellas, continues in the same vein as the nominated short stories and novelettes.
The five stories nominated in the Hugos’ “Best Novelette” category represent science fiction’s mainstream better than the short story category.
I will not be coy and pretend I do not know that the contenders for this year’s Hugo Awards are controversial.
In a lot of more literary speculative fiction, the monsters are allegorical. Familiar creatures can be taken as shorthand for particular themes – unicorns for innocence, dragons for power and so on – in order to invoke a complex cultural history with the clever insertion of a symbol.
We’ve come a long way since the unjust imprisonment of Edmund Dantes. For one thing, we no longer frame political imprisonment as an individual problem – a stroke of awful luck that the prisoner needs to cope with – but as a social problem.
Review of short stories from around the genre.
In a way, any story with a child under the age of twelve in it is going to be a horror story for parents. Youth might be a great adventure for kids, but it’s a long, harrowing trial for the parents, let me tell you, with plenty of opportunity for tragedy.
While I understand that a “strong female character” is a fraught idea and that we need to look beyond angry, ass-kicking women with tragic pasts when defining strength, I’m not going to lie – I really like angry, ass-kicking women, though I can take or leave the tragic pasts.