‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson (1948). Collected in Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories, edited by John Joseph Adams, Night Shade Books, 2011-12, 2nd edition, approx. 8 pgs (p. 3-10). Every year, on the 27th of June, the lottery takes place. People gather to their village green and congregate, waiting for the annual drawing in which heads… Continue reading Otherworldly October: ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson
City of Masks (Oswald de Lacy Book Three) by S. D. Sykes Hodder & Stoughton, 2017, 360 pgs. [Note: Expect spoilers for both Plague Land and The Butcher Bird in this post as all three books are connected.] 1358. Venice. Oswald de Lacy and his mother are detained in the city thanks to war having broken out with… Continue reading Recent Reads: City of Masks by S. D. Sykes
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell Raven Books, Bloomsbury, 2017, 364 pgs. In St. Joseph’s Hospital there is a female patient incarcerated. They fear she may have killed a number of people. She refuses to speak. Her skin is scarred. A new doctor encourages her to put pen to paper and tell her side of a… Continue reading Recent Reads: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
Following on from Sci-Fi September 2018, it’s Otherworldly October! Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, or whether you’re taking part in the other monthly challenge of Inktober this year (hello, me too!), it’s hard to deny that October is the perfect time of year to indulge in some of history’s spookiest stories, no matter what you’re planning this… Continue reading Welcome to Otherworldly October 2018!
The Butcher Bird (Oswald de Lacy Book Two) by S. D. Sykes Hodder & Stoughton, 2015, 355 pgs. [This post contains some spoilers for Plague Land reviewed here.] 1351. An infant has been found murdered; her body abandoned atop a thorn bush on the outskirts of the village. A giant bird has been seen circling the skies by… Continue reading Recent Reads: The Butcher Bird by S. D. Sykes
Plague Land (Oswald de Lacy Book One) by S. D. Sykes Hodder & Stoughton, 2014, 336 pgs. 1350, Kent. After surviving the Black Death, which claimed the lives of both his elder brothers and his father, Oswald de Lacy returns home from his monastic studies to become Lord of Somershill, a title he never expected to… Continue reading Recent Reads: Plague Land by S. D. Sykes
The Poisoners by Marjorie Bowen Endeavour Ink UK, 1936, 2017, 442 pgs. Within the court of Louis XIV, in the grand palace of Versailles, something foul is at work. Mysterious deaths plague the aristocracy, with whispers of cloaked and masked men delivering poisons to lords and ladies alike. The mysterious La Voisin, a woman purported to… Continue reading Recent Reads: The Poisoners by Marjorie Bowen