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    Soft Apocalypses Epub ï Paperback into the churning industry of steampunk, from the dizzying heights of science fiction down to the most desolate depths of horrorThe strength of the tales that make up this quiet cataclysm for example Magdala Amygdala, winner of theStoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction do not compete Instead they overlap to create a vista of ethical armageddons at once thorny and hopeful Snyder s irresistible prose and stunning eye for detail bind together a collection that defies expectation but delivers deep satisfactionTable of ContentsMagdala AmygdalaHowever with Gary Braunbeck Spare the RodMiz Ruthie Pays Her RespectsThe Good GirlThe Cold GalleryAbandonment OptionThe Cold Blackness BetweenI Fuck Your SunshineCarnal HarvestAntumbraDiamante and StrassTiger Girls vs the ZombiesRepent, Jessie Shimmer The Leviathan of Trincomalee."/>
  • Paperback
  • 158 pages
  • Soft Apocalypses
  • Lucy A. Snyder
  • English
  • 20 March 2019
  • 1935738623

10 thoughts on “Soft Apocalypses

  1. Fiona Fiona says:

    Lucy Snyder is never going to be accused of a shortage in imagination and her creativity and originality are on full display in this collection of short stories.Just to get it out of the way, there were two stories I absolutely couldn t stand Antumbra and Spare the Rod I really just don t like dark for the sake of dark And while I can handle a lot, these were just too grim.However There are some absolute stunners in this book, enough for me to end up rounding the rating up to four stars Lucy Snyder is never going to be accused of a shortage in imagination and her creativity and originality are on full display in this collection of short stories.Just to get it out of the way, there were two stories I absolutely couldn t stand Antumbra and Spare the Rod I really just don t like dark for the sake of dark And while I can handle a lot, these were just too grim.However There are some absolute stunners in this book, enough for me to end up rounding the rating up to four stars Magdala Amygdala, as mentioned by other reviewers, is a fantastic and completely new take on zombies and vampires that just blew me away I Fuck Your Sunshine brought spectacularly swaggery Russian vampires that I really want to get to knowDiamante and Strass was incredibly visual in it s storytelling and felt like Tank Girl dialled even further into the weird, fun and madness and a kickass team of heroines and The Leviathan of Trincomalee was a historical, Cthulhu esque, tale of an extremely brave young girl.From the woman who taught us how to best installing OS updates on our roadkill, this collection is a clear sign that inventive, original, flat out weird fiction is still out here absolutely killing it


  2. Lena Lena says:

    Magdala AmygdalaI and the other archivists will preserve the memories of the best and brightest as we devour themDamn, did you just reinvent the zombie tale This isthan a new spin on a popular genre, this a genuine fresh idea.Ok it did remind me of the Star Trek TNG episode Transfigurations, only monstrous and apocalyptic.I Fuck Your Sunshine A vampire and a succubus have been hiding from civilization for decades A moment of self actualization finds them remembering who Magdala AmygdalaI and the other archivists will preserve the memories of the best and brightest as we devour themDamn, did you just reinvent the zombie tale This isthan a new spin on a popular genre, this a genuine fresh idea.Ok it did remind me of the Star Trek TNG episode Transfigurations, only monstrous and apocalyptic.I Fuck Your Sunshine A vampire and a succubus have been hiding from civilization for decades A moment of self actualization finds them remembering who is predator and who is prey.The Leviathan of TrincomaleeI say give the monster the sea, and we can take the skyA wise choice I enjoyed this inspiring feminist cthulhu steampunk, it was practical and spare All girls should have such fathers.Diamante and Strass That was a heck of a lot of fun Give me bounty hunting steampunk girls any day Repent, Jessie Shimmer Zombie battle interlude in an interesting urban fiction world I would read another Jessie Pal adventure.Miz Ruthie Pays Her Respects A woman comes home to pay her respects and maybe save the next generation from the worst of small town hypocrisy.I ve pictured myself doing something as bad to the grave of Harold Brown As bad but less personal.Carnal HarvestYou ve got his eyesDon t you just love it when bad things happen to bad people However by Gary A Braunbeck and Lucy A Snyder That was hard to read Sexually abused children chained in a basement call upon the Cenobites for aid They are initially refused, howeverThe Cold Gallery Scum bag dead beat dad is suddenly all checks and care If you trust in that you deserve what you get But his daughters are not the fools he thinks.Abandonment Option A greedy blessed man cannot let go of good fortune he must have , he must have longer Be careful what you wish forThe Cold Blackness Between Well, that was nearly a nice story about a witch who falls in love and decides to leave her husband Antumbra In a post apocalyptic water world a doctor will brook no interference in creating a new species.Tiger Girls vs the Zombies Women fight zombies with zombies in order to rejoin with other human scientists and fight the plague This should have beenentertaining than it was.The Good Girl Well, that was another tale of the worst of smalls towns of rape, incest, and murder But also some revenge, but weak revenge Not a good story.Spare the Rod That was a pedo incest rape story Onethose and you ve earned yourself a DNF.Lucy Snyder hit as hard as she missed 3.333 average


  3. Craig Craig says:

    Soft Apocalypses is a collection of fifteen very good short stories some are indeed apocalyptic, but there are very few soft spots Included are Magdala Amygdala, a very powerful and intelligent zombie tale which won the Stoker Award, a good collaboration with Gary A Braunbeck called However , and a very cool Lovecraftian steampunk story called The Leviathan of Ttrincomalee I believe my favorites from the book are Antumbra, a very good story which is true science fiction, and Repen Soft Apocalypses is a collection of fifteen very good short stories some are indeed apocalyptic, but there are very few soft spots Included are Magdala Amygdala, a very powerful and intelligent zombie tale which won the Stoker Award, a good collaboration with Gary A Braunbeck called However , and a very cool Lovecraftian steampunk story called The Leviathan of Ttrincomalee I believe my favorites from the book are Antumbra, a very good story which is true science fiction, and Repent, Jessie Shimmer The latter is, obviously, a part of the Jessie Shimmer series there s a famous quote that says something to the effect that nothing of any worth has ever been written with an exclamation point in the title, but this one proves there s an exception to the rule You just can t go wrong with a zombie gator named Rufus The other ten stories are good, too, tales of science and magic, monsters and mysteries, by turns horrific and harsh and always entertaining though rarely soft


  4. Rob Boley Rob Boley says:

    If you re looking for some delightfully vicious short fiction, then look no further Soft Apocalypses has some of the best written dark fiction I ve read since Joe Hill s 20th Century Ghosts The stories are wonderfully diverse you ll be immersed in apocalyptic futures, dreary swamps, tropical islands, gritty cities, andJust as Snyder can deftly teleport you from one world to another, she can also channel a multitude of voices Each story features its own distinct personality and languag If you re looking for some delightfully vicious short fiction, then look no further Soft Apocalypses has some of the best written dark fiction I ve read since Joe Hill s 20th Century Ghosts The stories are wonderfully diverse you ll be immersed in apocalyptic futures, dreary swamps, tropical islands, gritty cities, andJust as Snyder can deftly teleport you from one world to another, she can also channel a multitude of voices Each story features its own distinct personality and language Loved it I m excited to readof her work


  5. David Bridges David Bridges says:

    This book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while years now and I just got around to reading it I have mixed feelings of disappointment and happiness Disappointed that I did not read the book sooner but happy that I have discovered another talented genre fluid author Overall I would consider this a collection of dark fantasy stories but there are elements of horror, gothic, and science fiction circulating through the almost flawlessly executed 15 tales.The opening story immediately suc This book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while years now and I just got around to reading it I have mixed feelings of disappointment and happiness Disappointed that I did not read the book sooner but happy that I have discovered another talented genre fluid author Overall I would consider this a collection of dark fantasy stories but there are elements of horror, gothic, and science fiction circulating through the almost flawlessly executed 15 tales.The opening story immediately sucked me in Magdala Amygdala is a creative spin on the zombie trope that definitely deserves the awards it has appeared to have won After reading it I was all in for the next 14 stories The majority of the stories are approximately 10 pages long, which for me can sometimes be offputting Snyder packs a lot into those 10 pages though and every story just pulled me back in over and over again until the next thing I knew the book was over Snyder s characters and attention to detail are satisfying, as is the range of horrors be it ghosts, occult, witches, human transgressions, leviathans etcDefinitely not going to wait so long to readwork by Snyder I have another of her collections I am putting on deck I recommend this to fans of dark, brutal, and fantastical literature


  6. Daniel Daniel says:

    Reviewed for The Skiffy and Fanty Show Blog Soft is a particularly ironic description for this collection of short fiction by Lucy A Snyder.Brutal Grisly Unflinching.These are all words that are easier to associate with the dark nature of her stories Indeed, a cover blurb by Seanan McGuire states that Snyder s work attacks the page with the raw, manic intensity of an early Sam Raimi This comparison immediately resonated with my reaction to the only fiction I d r Reviewed for The Skiffy and Fanty Show Blog Soft is a particularly ironic description for this collection of short fiction by Lucy A Snyder.Brutal Grisly Unflinching.These are all words that are easier to associate with the dark nature of her stories Indeed, a cover blurb by Seanan McGuire states that Snyder s work attacks the page with the raw, manic intensity of an early Sam Raimi This comparison immediately resonated with my reaction to the only fiction I d read by Snyder prior to picking up this collection Magdala Amygdala I came across this 2013 Stoker Award winning story which originally appeared in DARK FAITH INVOCATIONS edited by Maurice Broaddus with its reprinting in April s issue of Nightmare Magazine Leading off this collection published by Raw Dog Screaming Press, the story evoked a similar response in me to the first time I read it It represents a brilliant, fresh approach to the conventional creature tale of the zombie or vampire Savage and filled with bodily fluids and ick, the story combines classically familiar motifs of the horror genre and combines and blends them with a biological medical realism into something new While this approach isn t novel, Snyder s writing is earnest and vivid, and the directions the story takes is unexpected The visceral gore of the story bordered on being too much for me, much as some particularly gruesome scenes in The Evil Dead tend towards going over the top and heavy handed.What s interesting about Snyder, however, is that despite the frank depictions of suffering, horror, and flesh and blood, there is also a subtle aspect to her stories beneath it all Something soft With the strong lead off story, Magdala Amydala, it is the nuanced approach to creating a seemingly fully human and relatable diseased character and yet making her into a familiar monster of nightmares The combination of taking something familiar and giving it new focus also comes into play with the Hellraiser similarities of However This sets the tone for the remainder of the stories in the collection harsh, yet all having a gradual sense of tables being somehow turned on expectations or a character s condition Frequently, this takes the form of a revelation of revenge, where the seemingly powerless find a horror within that ends up empowering them, allowing them to surpass and overcome oppressive horror from without Children and women abused, abandoned, or betrayed, vampires at the mercy of the Sun, the opening stories all share this common theme of the relatively powerless being exploited or harmed in terrible ways, either in the present or the past, and how events lead to turn that situation around in Apocalyptic might.The first portion of the collection consists of stories that are best described as horror and dark fantasy Spare the Rod is unique in not being fantastic, but captures the same feel as the surrounding tales in a few brief pages This story highlights one aspect I particularly liked about the stories in Snyder s collection Her writing is economical Her stories are to the point, yet still descriptive enough to richly establish atmospheric detail The dark fantasy stories run a spectrum of archetypes, from ghost stories to mysteries to monsters to simple human bred cruelty at times with a supernatural twist.The common theme discussed above that all of these stories share has the unfortunate effect of making their plots become somewhat predictable The pureness of the theme in all its celebratory vulgarity of the oppressed overcoming their tortured pain reaches its height with the joyous I Fuck Your Sunshine , but then is followed with Carnal Harvest , a relatively straight forward revenge story that is written quite fine, but becomes weakened by the reader s familiarity with Snyder s underlying theme Despite the strengths of leading off with Magdala Amygdala , I would have ordered the stories differently, perhaps ending with the award winning dark story instead.The final five stories of the collection share the theme of turning something on its head , or even of the exploited getting revenge Diamante and Strass , but without the degree of horror seen previously They illustrate Snyder s range as she extends into other types of fantasy that also could be considered science fiction, such as the Steampunk genre or stories of a post apocalyptic future.Of these I found Antumbra and Tiger Girls vs the Zombies to be most effectively enjoyable Doubtless this in part comes from my own preference for an apocalyptic SF tale over Steampunk Antumbra is the closest to horror of this latter group of stories, resembling Magdala Amygdala in its building close human empathy in the reader for characters that prove startlingly monstrous Tiger Girls vs the Zombies is just a lot of fun, and something that should be done in The Walking Dead comics if it hasn t already.The concluding story, The Leviathan of Trincomalee, bears resemblance to both Steampunk and to something out of Lovecraft With one of the most endearing young characters of the collection finally, a strong young girl who is NOT physically or emotionally abused the story ends up leaving you wanting to learnabout her and the world s story I also appreciated the attempt to provide explanation for airships in the universe of the story, an emblematic fascination of Steampunk I ve never quite understood.Though not perfect, SOFT APOCALYPSES offers a great, short introduction to Lucy A Snyder s writings For those who really appreciate dark fantasy or have enjoyed her most well known work, this is something you ll want to check out It will give you a hint to the variety of genre tale she can spin with some simple themes


  7. Dominic Dominic says:

    The best stories are the ones that leanhorror than fantasy, but they are all well written and striking I appreciated Snyder s bold feminist disruption of male dominated genres There is both assertive female protagonists and highly flawed hegemonic masculinity all throughout these tales Her takes on the zombie genre are inspired I ended up likening most of the stories to the nightmares of Flannery O Connor a bit of southern gothic with an all out not for the squemish horror flare Truly The best stories are the ones that leanhorror than fantasy, but they are all well written and striking I appreciated Snyder s bold feminist disruption of male dominated genres There is both assertive female protagonists and highly flawed hegemonic masculinity all throughout these tales Her takes on the zombie genre are inspired I ended up likening most of the stories to the nightmares of Flannery O Connor a bit of southern gothic with an all out not for the squemish horror flare Truly exceptional and one of a kind


  8. Mark Gartland Mark Gartland says:

    Out of 15 stories, only 5 were adventures featuring competent protagonists combating horror Of these, Tiger Girls vs the Zombies was my favorite example In 6 stories, the protagonist was the horror I did not like those, and Spare the Rod was my least favorite.


  9. Will Kennis Will Kennis says:

    What a delightful read My introduction to Ms Snyder s work and I couldn t help but be consistently surprised A great blend of stories.


  10. Debra Debra says:

    I normally don t like horror and I am very picky about my science fiction but I absolutely loved this collection of short stories Ms Snyder makes fantasy so realistic that I actually gagged at few points while reading the award winning Magdala Amygdala This is a quick read Something you can take on a plane and completely escape with I would caution the faint of heart that some of the gore is gruesome However, the author has the ability to make the the reader empathize with the most mon I normally don t like horror and I am very picky about my science fiction but I absolutely loved this collection of short stories Ms Snyder makes fantasy so realistic that I actually gagged at few points while reading the award winning Magdala Amygdala This is a quick read Something you can take on a plane and completely escape with I would caution the faint of heart that some of the gore is gruesome However, the author has the ability to make the the reader empathize with the most monstrous characters You will be pulled in, tumbled about and spit out with something to think about Highly recommended


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Soft Apocalypses❴EPUB❵ ✴ Soft Apocalypses Author Lucy A. Snyder – Polishdarling.co.uk Lucy A Snyder proves once again that she is fearless in mapping every corner of the literary landscape Not content to be confined to any single region, she guides readers through dark realms of fantas Lucy A Snyder proves once again that she is fearless in mapping every corner of the literary landscape Not content to be confined to any single region, she guides readers through dark realms of fantasy into the churning industry of steampunk, from the dizzying heights of science fiction down to the most desolate depths of horrorThe strength of the tales that make up this quiet cataclysm for example Magdala Amygdala, winner of theStoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction do not compete Instead they overlap to create a vista of ethical armageddons at once thorny and hopeful Snyder s irresistible prose and stunning eye for detail bind together a collection that defies expectation but delivers deep satisfactionTable of ContentsMagdala AmygdalaHowever with Gary Braunbeck Spare the RodMiz Ruthie Pays Her RespectsThe Good GirlThe Cold GalleryAbandonment OptionThe Cold Blackness BetweenI Fuck Your SunshineCarnal HarvestAntumbraDiamante and StrassTiger Girls vs the ZombiesRepent, Jessie Shimmer The Leviathan of Trincomalee.


About the Author: Lucy A. Snyder

Lucy A Snyder is a five time Bram Stoker Award winning writer and the author of the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess She also authored the nonfiction book Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit A Writer s Survival Guide and the story collections While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger Her writing has been translated into French, Italian, Russian, Czech and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Steampunk World, In the Court of the Yellow King, Shadows Over Main Street, Qualia Nous, Seize The Night, Scary Out There, and Best Horror of the Year, Vol She writes a column for Horror World and has written materials for the DxD role playing game system In her day job, she edits online college courses for universities worldwide and occasionally helps write educational games Lucy lives in Columbus, Ohio and is a mentor in Seton Hill University s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction You can learnabout her at lucysnyder and you can follow her on Twitter at LucyASnyder.



10 thoughts on “Soft Apocalypses

  1. Fiona Fiona says:

    Lucy Snyder is never going to be accused of a shortage in imagination and her creativity and originality are on full display in this collection of short stories.Just to get it out of the way, there were two stories I absolutely couldn t stand Antumbra and Spare the Rod I really just don t like dark for the sake of dark And while I can handle a lot, these were just too grim.However There are some absolute stunners in this book, enough for me to end up rounding the rating up to four stars Lucy Snyder is never going to be accused of a shortage in imagination and her creativity and originality are on full display in this collection of short stories.Just to get it out of the way, there were two stories I absolutely couldn t stand Antumbra and Spare the Rod I really just don t like dark for the sake of dark And while I can handle a lot, these were just too grim.However There are some absolute stunners in this book, enough for me to end up rounding the rating up to four stars Magdala Amygdala, as mentioned by other reviewers, is a fantastic and completely new take on zombies and vampires that just blew me away I Fuck Your Sunshine brought spectacularly swaggery Russian vampires that I really want to get to knowDiamante and Strass was incredibly visual in it s storytelling and felt like Tank Girl dialled even further into the weird, fun and madness and a kickass team of heroines and The Leviathan of Trincomalee was a historical, Cthulhu esque, tale of an extremely brave young girl.From the woman who taught us how to best installing OS updates on our roadkill, this collection is a clear sign that inventive, original, flat out weird fiction is still out here absolutely killing it


  2. Lena Lena says:

    Magdala AmygdalaI and the other archivists will preserve the memories of the best and brightest as we devour themDamn, did you just reinvent the zombie tale This isthan a new spin on a popular genre, this a genuine fresh idea.Ok it did remind me of the Star Trek TNG episode Transfigurations, only monstrous and apocalyptic.I Fuck Your Sunshine A vampire and a succubus have been hiding from civilization for decades A moment of self actualization finds them remembering who Magdala AmygdalaI and the other archivists will preserve the memories of the best and brightest as we devour themDamn, did you just reinvent the zombie tale This isthan a new spin on a popular genre, this a genuine fresh idea.Ok it did remind me of the Star Trek TNG episode Transfigurations, only monstrous and apocalyptic.I Fuck Your Sunshine A vampire and a succubus have been hiding from civilization for decades A moment of self actualization finds them remembering who is predator and who is prey.The Leviathan of TrincomaleeI say give the monster the sea, and we can take the skyA wise choice I enjoyed this inspiring feminist cthulhu steampunk, it was practical and spare All girls should have such fathers.Diamante and Strass That was a heck of a lot of fun Give me bounty hunting steampunk girls any day Repent, Jessie Shimmer Zombie battle interlude in an interesting urban fiction world I would read another Jessie Pal adventure.Miz Ruthie Pays Her Respects A woman comes home to pay her respects and maybe save the next generation from the worst of small town hypocrisy.I ve pictured myself doing something as bad to the grave of Harold Brown As bad but less personal.Carnal HarvestYou ve got his eyesDon t you just love it when bad things happen to bad people However by Gary A Braunbeck and Lucy A Snyder That was hard to read Sexually abused children chained in a basement call upon the Cenobites for aid They are initially refused, howeverThe Cold Gallery Scum bag dead beat dad is suddenly all checks and care If you trust in that you deserve what you get But his daughters are not the fools he thinks.Abandonment Option A greedy blessed man cannot let go of good fortune he must have , he must have longer Be careful what you wish forThe Cold Blackness Between Well, that was nearly a nice story about a witch who falls in love and decides to leave her husband Antumbra In a post apocalyptic water world a doctor will brook no interference in creating a new species.Tiger Girls vs the Zombies Women fight zombies with zombies in order to rejoin with other human scientists and fight the plague This should have beenentertaining than it was.The Good Girl Well, that was another tale of the worst of smalls towns of rape, incest, and murder But also some revenge, but weak revenge Not a good story.Spare the Rod That was a pedo incest rape story Onethose and you ve earned yourself a DNF.Lucy Snyder hit as hard as she missed 3.333 average


  3. Craig Craig says:

    Soft Apocalypses is a collection of fifteen very good short stories some are indeed apocalyptic, but there are very few soft spots Included are Magdala Amygdala, a very powerful and intelligent zombie tale which won the Stoker Award, a good collaboration with Gary A Braunbeck called However , and a very cool Lovecraftian steampunk story called The Leviathan of Ttrincomalee I believe my favorites from the book are Antumbra, a very good story which is true science fiction, and Repen Soft Apocalypses is a collection of fifteen very good short stories some are indeed apocalyptic, but there are very few soft spots Included are Magdala Amygdala, a very powerful and intelligent zombie tale which won the Stoker Award, a good collaboration with Gary A Braunbeck called However , and a very cool Lovecraftian steampunk story called The Leviathan of Ttrincomalee I believe my favorites from the book are Antumbra, a very good story which is true science fiction, and Repent, Jessie Shimmer The latter is, obviously, a part of the Jessie Shimmer series there s a famous quote that says something to the effect that nothing of any worth has ever been written with an exclamation point in the title, but this one proves there s an exception to the rule You just can t go wrong with a zombie gator named Rufus The other ten stories are good, too, tales of science and magic, monsters and mysteries, by turns horrific and harsh and always entertaining though rarely soft


  4. Rob Boley Rob Boley says:

    If you re looking for some delightfully vicious short fiction, then look no further Soft Apocalypses has some of the best written dark fiction I ve read since Joe Hill s 20th Century Ghosts The stories are wonderfully diverse you ll be immersed in apocalyptic futures, dreary swamps, tropical islands, gritty cities, andJust as Snyder can deftly teleport you from one world to another, she can also channel a multitude of voices Each story features its own distinct personality and languag If you re looking for some delightfully vicious short fiction, then look no further Soft Apocalypses has some of the best written dark fiction I ve read since Joe Hill s 20th Century Ghosts The stories are wonderfully diverse you ll be immersed in apocalyptic futures, dreary swamps, tropical islands, gritty cities, andJust as Snyder can deftly teleport you from one world to another, she can also channel a multitude of voices Each story features its own distinct personality and language Loved it I m excited to readof her work


  5. David Bridges David Bridges says:

    This book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while years now and I just got around to reading it I have mixed feelings of disappointment and happiness Disappointed that I did not read the book sooner but happy that I have discovered another talented genre fluid author Overall I would consider this a collection of dark fantasy stories but there are elements of horror, gothic, and science fiction circulating through the almost flawlessly executed 15 tales.The opening story immediately suc This book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while years now and I just got around to reading it I have mixed feelings of disappointment and happiness Disappointed that I did not read the book sooner but happy that I have discovered another talented genre fluid author Overall I would consider this a collection of dark fantasy stories but there are elements of horror, gothic, and science fiction circulating through the almost flawlessly executed 15 tales.The opening story immediately sucked me in Magdala Amygdala is a creative spin on the zombie trope that definitely deserves the awards it has appeared to have won After reading it I was all in for the next 14 stories The majority of the stories are approximately 10 pages long, which for me can sometimes be offputting Snyder packs a lot into those 10 pages though and every story just pulled me back in over and over again until the next thing I knew the book was over Snyder s characters and attention to detail are satisfying, as is the range of horrors be it ghosts, occult, witches, human transgressions, leviathans etcDefinitely not going to wait so long to readwork by Snyder I have another of her collections I am putting on deck I recommend this to fans of dark, brutal, and fantastical literature


  6. Daniel Daniel says:

    Reviewed for The Skiffy and Fanty Show Blog Soft is a particularly ironic description for this collection of short fiction by Lucy A Snyder.Brutal Grisly Unflinching.These are all words that are easier to associate with the dark nature of her stories Indeed, a cover blurb by Seanan McGuire states that Snyder s work attacks the page with the raw, manic intensity of an early Sam Raimi This comparison immediately resonated with my reaction to the only fiction I d r Reviewed for The Skiffy and Fanty Show Blog Soft is a particularly ironic description for this collection of short fiction by Lucy A Snyder.Brutal Grisly Unflinching.These are all words that are easier to associate with the dark nature of her stories Indeed, a cover blurb by Seanan McGuire states that Snyder s work attacks the page with the raw, manic intensity of an early Sam Raimi This comparison immediately resonated with my reaction to the only fiction I d read by Snyder prior to picking up this collection Magdala Amygdala I came across this 2013 Stoker Award winning story which originally appeared in DARK FAITH INVOCATIONS edited by Maurice Broaddus with its reprinting in April s issue of Nightmare Magazine Leading off this collection published by Raw Dog Screaming Press, the story evoked a similar response in me to the first time I read it It represents a brilliant, fresh approach to the conventional creature tale of the zombie or vampire Savage and filled with bodily fluids and ick, the story combines classically familiar motifs of the horror genre and combines and blends them with a biological medical realism into something new While this approach isn t novel, Snyder s writing is earnest and vivid, and the directions the story takes is unexpected The visceral gore of the story bordered on being too much for me, much as some particularly gruesome scenes in The Evil Dead tend towards going over the top and heavy handed.What s interesting about Snyder, however, is that despite the frank depictions of suffering, horror, and flesh and blood, there is also a subtle aspect to her stories beneath it all Something soft With the strong lead off story, Magdala Amydala, it is the nuanced approach to creating a seemingly fully human and relatable diseased character and yet making her into a familiar monster of nightmares The combination of taking something familiar and giving it new focus also comes into play with the Hellraiser similarities of However This sets the tone for the remainder of the stories in the collection harsh, yet all having a gradual sense of tables being somehow turned on expectations or a character s condition Frequently, this takes the form of a revelation of revenge, where the seemingly powerless find a horror within that ends up empowering them, allowing them to surpass and overcome oppressive horror from without Children and women abused, abandoned, or betrayed, vampires at the mercy of the Sun, the opening stories all share this common theme of the relatively powerless being exploited or harmed in terrible ways, either in the present or the past, and how events lead to turn that situation around in Apocalyptic might.The first portion of the collection consists of stories that are best described as horror and dark fantasy Spare the Rod is unique in not being fantastic, but captures the same feel as the surrounding tales in a few brief pages This story highlights one aspect I particularly liked about the stories in Snyder s collection Her writing is economical Her stories are to the point, yet still descriptive enough to richly establish atmospheric detail The dark fantasy stories run a spectrum of archetypes, from ghost stories to mysteries to monsters to simple human bred cruelty at times with a supernatural twist.The common theme discussed above that all of these stories share has the unfortunate effect of making their plots become somewhat predictable The pureness of the theme in all its celebratory vulgarity of the oppressed overcoming their tortured pain reaches its height with the joyous I Fuck Your Sunshine , but then is followed with Carnal Harvest , a relatively straight forward revenge story that is written quite fine, but becomes weakened by the reader s familiarity with Snyder s underlying theme Despite the strengths of leading off with Magdala Amygdala , I would have ordered the stories differently, perhaps ending with the award winning dark story instead.The final five stories of the collection share the theme of turning something on its head , or even of the exploited getting revenge Diamante and Strass , but without the degree of horror seen previously They illustrate Snyder s range as she extends into other types of fantasy that also could be considered science fiction, such as the Steampunk genre or stories of a post apocalyptic future.Of these I found Antumbra and Tiger Girls vs the Zombies to be most effectively enjoyable Doubtless this in part comes from my own preference for an apocalyptic SF tale over Steampunk Antumbra is the closest to horror of this latter group of stories, resembling Magdala Amygdala in its building close human empathy in the reader for characters that prove startlingly monstrous Tiger Girls vs the Zombies is just a lot of fun, and something that should be done in The Walking Dead comics if it hasn t already.The concluding story, The Leviathan of Trincomalee, bears resemblance to both Steampunk and to something out of Lovecraft With one of the most endearing young characters of the collection finally, a strong young girl who is NOT physically or emotionally abused the story ends up leaving you wanting to learnabout her and the world s story I also appreciated the attempt to provide explanation for airships in the universe of the story, an emblematic fascination of Steampunk I ve never quite understood.Though not perfect, SOFT APOCALYPSES offers a great, short introduction to Lucy A Snyder s writings For those who really appreciate dark fantasy or have enjoyed her most well known work, this is something you ll want to check out It will give you a hint to the variety of genre tale she can spin with some simple themes


  7. Dominic Dominic says:

    The best stories are the ones that leanhorror than fantasy, but they are all well written and striking I appreciated Snyder s bold feminist disruption of male dominated genres There is both assertive female protagonists and highly flawed hegemonic masculinity all throughout these tales Her takes on the zombie genre are inspired I ended up likening most of the stories to the nightmares of Flannery O Connor a bit of southern gothic with an all out not for the squemish horror flare Truly The best stories are the ones that leanhorror than fantasy, but they are all well written and striking I appreciated Snyder s bold feminist disruption of male dominated genres There is both assertive female protagonists and highly flawed hegemonic masculinity all throughout these tales Her takes on the zombie genre are inspired I ended up likening most of the stories to the nightmares of Flannery O Connor a bit of southern gothic with an all out not for the squemish horror flare Truly exceptional and one of a kind


  8. Mark Gartland Mark Gartland says:

    Out of 15 stories, only 5 were adventures featuring competent protagonists combating horror Of these, Tiger Girls vs the Zombies was my favorite example In 6 stories, the protagonist was the horror I did not like those, and Spare the Rod was my least favorite.


  9. Will Kennis Will Kennis says:

    What a delightful read My introduction to Ms Snyder s work and I couldn t help but be consistently surprised A great blend of stories.


  10. Debra Debra says:

    I normally don t like horror and I am very picky about my science fiction but I absolutely loved this collection of short stories Ms Snyder makes fantasy so realistic that I actually gagged at few points while reading the award winning Magdala Amygdala This is a quick read Something you can take on a plane and completely escape with I would caution the faint of heart that some of the gore is gruesome However, the author has the ability to make the the reader empathize with the most mon I normally don t like horror and I am very picky about my science fiction but I absolutely loved this collection of short stories Ms Snyder makes fantasy so realistic that I actually gagged at few points while reading the award winning Magdala Amygdala This is a quick read Something you can take on a plane and completely escape with I would caution the faint of heart that some of the gore is gruesome However, the author has the ability to make the the reader empathize with the most monstrous characters You will be pulled in, tumbled about and spit out with something to think about Highly recommended


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