Living for the Revel (catvalente) wrote,
Living for the Revel
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each thing i show you is a piece of my death

So there's this anthology, Clockwork Phoenix 2. Edited by the awesome time_shark . Published by norilana . I'm in it--a story called The Secret History of Mirrors. It's about Snow White, lesbian archivists, submarines, secret societies, interstellar travel, the siege of Edessa, and mercury poisoning. The title came from a conversation with sovay  at my first convention four years ago and is only now, finally, a story.

But I don't want to talk about my story.

I want to talk about Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer's story, each thing i show you is a piece of my death.

Holy fucking shit, you guys. This is one of the hands-down best short stories I've read in ages. And how fabulous is that title?

It's experimental in structure, chilling in subject matter, genuinely frightening. It's about a sort of viral film that invades other movies, very much set in the here and now of Angelina Jolie and the Toronto Film Festival. It rules with a celluloid fist. (Now I'm a little biased, being a movie freak currently working on, among other things, a novel about old movies, but that's neither here nor there.)

I can't remember the last time a short story got me so excited. It makes me want to start a new Best-Of anthology just to put this story in there, that's how good it is, how scary, how tantalizing and awful and awesome. It's like a scene out of House of Leaves mixed with gossip magazines and The Ring.

You should order this anthology and forget about my story. Read this one.

Tags: anthology, buy this now, review, short fiction, things that are awesome
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