Things We Say in the Dark

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Things We Say in the Dark

Things We Say in the Dark

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The final part of the collection is Part 3: the Past, which touches on the primal fears that particularly haunt women and girls within a patriarchal society. The story I couldn’t shake from this section was “Watch the Wall my Darling as the Gentlemen Go By” which follows a horrific cyclical narrative of entrapment and abuse. I couldn’t believe it,’ he whispered in the dark of their tent. His chest slowly rose and fell with each hushed breath. Corrin, meanwhile, trailed her fingers along the shelf of his collar bone, feeling for the firm grooves of his naked skin. “He told me he was proud of me and smiled. I never thought…” I feel like I related to this Hermione's struggle with perfectionism and presentation to the world while I really felt connected to Draco's struggle to make the daily decision to be a better person. Things We Say in the Dark is divided up in 3 parts, each surrounding different themes. Each of them are quite hard to describe to someone who hasn’t read it for themselves, so the best I can do is give you some “themes” present in each of them. He said so much with so few words. Even now, in the late hour and half-asleep, he exuded an impassable dignity that was hard to resist. Leo once told her that kings were like that. They thought differently from others, as if rules and limitations didn’t apply to them. Xander, it seemed, has left behind the unthinking obedience of his days as prince and instead embraced the title of king. He was no longer like one of them, simple human beings and tools to be used for the sake of their kingdom. Now, he ruled over them. There was power to that, Corrin was sure. Power and grief. She clung to him tightly, overwhelmed by her worries of loneliness and abandonment now that the man she loved would be, in a strange sort of way, out of her reach.

Things We Say in the Dark, by Kirsty Logan Review: Things We Say in the Dark, by Kirsty Logan

The fiction of Joel Lane – ‘To read Lane is to enter into an unforgettable, beautifully ambiguous landscape’ Now this is one strange collection of stories (for example, a woman starts to live with her head inside a dolls house.). Can I?” She was earnest with her question, almost pleading. Was she really allowed? Was it that simple? NOTE: After the first couple of days of dream-haze solitude and not leaving my room once it got dark, my fellow artists-in-residence did in fact arrive and join me in Blönduós, Iceland, and I had the most wonderful month of making surrounded by lovely people. I probably could have survived the reading of this once they were all there with me. I'll have to trial it next time.

Kirsty Logan

Corrins saw these doubts in his riddled expression. She felt it every night, when he took her in his arms and held her so close, she no longer knew where she ended and where he began. His body, like a massive shadow over her, would press densely against hers, slowly sinking until they melted into each other. Many of these 20 stories twist fairy tale imagery into nightmarish scenarios, enumerating fears of bodies and pregnancies going wrong. Body parts are offered as tokens of love or left behind as the sole evidence of an abduction. Ghosts and corpses are frequent presences. I also recognized some of the same sorts of Celtic sea legends that infuse Logan’s debut novel, The Gracekeepers. Please give us until the end of Sunday to answer all asks. If we haven't answered your ask by then, it's likely that we never received it and you can re-send it when the ask is open again, thanks! Her hand traced the lines up his torso. The discolored scars of long-ago battles; the taut muscle forming the wall of his abs… She could picture it all in the dark, as if they were making love in broad daylight. Lovingly, she reached up to his shoulders, admiring with her hands the wide breadth of them.

Things We Say in the Dark by Kirsty Logan | Waterstones Things We Say in the Dark by Kirsty Logan | Waterstones

But when she faced the man who broke the news — the man who had every reason to be both ecstatic and devastated — she was surprised to see a deadened stare. Soft lightless eyes, the color of wine, looked to the horizon as if in a trance. She had to snap him out of it. And although they are apprehensive, they are also desperate for someone to simply care about them. Language: English Words: 281,593 Chapters: 41/41 Collections: 51 Comments: 1,764 Kudos: 6,574 Bookmarks: 2,632 Hits: 453,236

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A slow-burn enemies to lovers fic with mystery, adventure, and our two favorite idiots in love. Language: English Words: 150,673 Chapters: 25/25 Collections: 37 Comments: 745 Kudos: 3,800 Bookmarks: 1,862 Hits: 158,769 My favourite section BY FAR was part 1 which focused on various stories all discussing home and how and where we feel at home and why. These stories were certainly very surreal and unique, endearing and funny at times, at others heartbreaking and even sinister. I particularly enjoyed ‘Girls are always hungry when all the men are bite-size’ which was a great story about one man’s attempts at trying to expose a mother and her daughter as con-artists. Despite all her pleading, there was a roguish smile on her lips, her mouth hanging open as she gasped for the cool air misting around her. It felt too good, she thought. Just his hand, deftly massaging her clit until her legs were completely sprawled out for him. “Xander…”

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Even still, as the sum of it’s parts, the book feels clichéd, and is a weak entry as a collection of ‘horror’ stories. What scares us most deeply remains obscured and undefinable, enveloped within our psyches, thus allowing us to go about our everyday business. I loved this! Haven’t read a horror short story collection before but thought these stories had interesting variety of writing styles and superb creativity. Genuinely made me heart drop a few times and had to look away before carrying on- the sign of a great book.

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I was already a fan of Kirsty Logan’s work, which explores the dark and fantastical, through her previous novels, as well as hearing her perform at events, such as when she read her wonderfully titled short story “Girls are Always Hungry When all the Men are Bite-Size” which also features in Things We Say in the Dark. Since then, I have been excited to hear more of Logan’s horror – her new collection does not disappoint. Then where will I go?” she asked innocently, laughing into his skin as he tightened his grip over her waist. The book functions as a series of self-contained stories, but there is also an overarching narrative where many stories are proceeded by an italicised account by a writer who is creating these tales in an isolated Icelandic location. While each story works just as well in isolation, I enjoy how this gives an added layer to the book for someone who reads them all sequentially. At first the author of these short reflective pieces seems to be Logan herself, but then it becomes clear it’s another creation and the dilemma of this (untrustworthy) fictional author is as eerie as the plight of many of the stories’ characters. Despite the collection’s wide-reaching themes, the stories are always deeply grounded in relationships, whether romantic, familial, or within a community. Logan utilises fears around womanhood and the domestic space as a landscape of horror in the majority of the stories, often distilling one setting or atmosphere and using a small cast of characters, creating a sense of seclusion. This is most overt in Part 1: The House, which contains two stories I’d like to highlight in their contrasting fears. “Things My Wife and I Found Hidden in Our House” presents itself as an autobiographical story of Logan and her wife Annie moving into a house inherited from the latter’s grandmother, a woman with some tall tales who has knowingly or unknowingly left behind an inventory of bizarre items which bring up painful and chilling family legends and lead to events which unnerves the couple. The fear is rooted in an architectural haunting, reinventing the traditional haunted house to be a space possessed by memories of a departed family member even as the new owners attempt to make the place their own.The second story I loved, “Birds Fell From the Sky and Each One Spoke in Your Voice”, subverts the ideas around the nuclear family and the safety of the home. The story follows Sidney, who lives in a half-finished housing estate where he is the only resident and works in a memorabilia shop that only sells collectors’ items from the 1990s. A customer begins persistently enquiring after a mobile, which leads Sidney to unearth long-buried memories from a tragedy which blighted his childhood.



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