Fabulous Beasts

Fabulous Beasts Original Fiction Novelette Dark Fantasy Horror Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma is a horror novelette about a strange woman living in luxury with her lover but irrevocably tied to her childhood of

  • Title: Fabulous Beasts
  • Author: Priya Sharma
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 328
  • Format: ebook
  • Original Fiction, Novelette, Dark Fantasy, Horror Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma is a horror novelette about a strange woman living in luxury with her lover, but irrevocably tied to her childhood of deprivation and dark secrets in northwest England The woman recalls the unravelling of the family upon her uncle s release from prison Please be warned that this story deaOriginal Fiction, Novelette, Dark Fantasy, Horror Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma is a horror novelette about a strange woman living in luxury with her lover, but irrevocably tied to her childhood of deprivation and dark secrets in northwest England The woman recalls the unravelling of the family upon her uncle s release from prison Please be warned that this story deals with difficult content and themes, including child abuse, incest, and rape.Edited by Ellen DatlowCover art by Jeffrey Alan Love

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    1. Snakes are easy. It’s people that I don’t know how to charmis tor short is equal parts beautiful and disturbing. it also comes with a warning: Please be warned that this story deals with difficult content and themes, including child abuse, incest, and raped also snakes. up close and personal and slithering, so if you've got phobias, or any triggers around the themes mentioned above, there are many other free tor shorts for you to read. me, i have no triggers and no phobias (not any real ones [...]

    2. The writing is brilliantly visceral, but this story is just not for me because of 1akes2. incest3. rape4. All the above happening all at onceSomebody hand me a fluffy bunneh pls!!!tor/2015/07/27/fabulou

    3. No, this is NOT a Harry Potter tie-in!The exotic Eliza and her stunning partner Georgia are now the toast of the high-society art world. But in Eliza's past - before she was 'Eliza' - are disturbing secrets. We follow her back to when she was just Tallulah, a little girl with a single mom, living in poverty - and discovering some very strange abilities that may slither through her family's DNA. It's lucky for her that she has her beloved cousin Lola to support her. But will that support be enoug [...]

    4. When I saw snakes and a woman on the cover and noticed that the writer was Indian, I assumed that this is going to be about a nagini. Taking Gods and mythical creatures, putting them in a modern context and imagining their lives in the current world seems to be a trend in writing nowadays. So, I put this one off for a long time.This story was nothing like what I imagined it to be. It was darker and creepier than I expected. Not sure how I managed to complete it. Definitely not for people who are [...]

    5. This story feels very understated, I would say. It's an interesting story, but it never really draws you in to the point you don't want to put it down like some books do. Despite this, though, the mystery behind the characters is still interesting enough to keep you reading. You read it wondering about the characters, and their backstories as facts are slowly revealed. There's an obvious supernatural element going on with the story, but despite it being out in the open it's almost a background f [...]

    6. Look at your princesses, Kenny. See how special we are.Do you enjoy being emotionally destroyed? How about being punched in the gut by literature? Do you find yourself being drawn to fucked-up situations and characters, knowing you are in for a hell of a ride? Then BOY do I have the short story for you!Read it here: tor/2015/07/27/fabulouA pillow to hug and a stiff shot of alcohol are recommended, but not included.

    7. Snakes are easy. It’s people that I don’t know how to charm.In both her work and personal life, Lola/Eliza is surrounded by vipers. Though the subject matter is disturbing, this is an excellent, beautifully written story. Keep an eye on this author.So it is that serpents are reviled when it’s man that is repulsive.

    8. This was so well-written that I got goosebumps while reading. Errie and chilling, Fabulous Beasts was a very satisfying read and the perfect choice to get me out of my reading slump.

    9. I don't know about the 'fabulous' part but yeah quite disturbing, indeed. Well, let's just say - not the family history you would look forward to. I liked this quote though: "Snakes are easy. It’s people that I don’t know how to charm."

    10. 3,5 / 5La ganadora del British fantasy award 2016 es una historia de terror sobre una extraña mujer que vive en una posición acomodada con su pareja, pero que ha sufrido una oscura infancia llena de privaciones y secretos en el noroeste de Inglaterra, en un sórdido barrio de Liverpool. A través de dos líneas temporales entrelazadas, Lola / Eliza irá recordando la desintegración de su familia tras la liberación de Kenny de la cárcel.Violaciones, incesto, asesinatos, traiciones y personas [...]

    11. Trigger warning: Rape, incest, snakesRead this story hereBe it with movies or books, I’m picky when it comes to horror. I’ve mentioned multiple times before that I don’t scare easily, or in the conventional sense. Anything that relies on gore and jump scares to deliver it’s spookiness will not hold too much interest for me. I’ve sat through years of this kind of horror, and at this point, I’m just really careful with any horror-thing I pick up.Except for when I want to watch a shitty [...]

    12. The darkest of family secrets: rape, incest, murder and betrayal coil and writhe beneath the skin in this dark novelette set among the seedier neighborhoods outside Liverpool. Two timelines entwine to show how ugly little Lola along with her pretty sister-cousin, Tallulah, escapes her horror-filled past to become scientifically-successful, if not still socially awkward Eliza on the arm of her beautiful, celebrity lover, Georgia. More than just her name was sloughed off to become the adult surviv [...]

    13. My interrogator doesn’t look convinced. Nor should they be. I’m not even called Eliza. My real name is Lola and I’m no princess. I’m a monster.That was really gripping and gut-wrenching. It was horrifying in every way, with a satisfying yet melancholy ending. So powerful.When I was a kid, I found a whole shed snake skin in the wooded area behind my house. I thought it was a live snake, so I threw a rock near it to scare it off, but it didn't move and I realized it was a shed skin. I didn [...]

    14. This intriguing short supernatural / horror novelette is the story of a strange woman living in luxury with her lover, but irrevocably tied to her childhood of deprivation and dark secrets in northwest England. The woman recalls the unraveling of the family upon her uncle's release from prison. The author explores the difficulties of growing up in a poor family, with an abusive uncle and a psychologically dependent mother. One of the best stories of the year.This is one of my nominations for the [...]

    15. This is bizarre and visceral in unexpected yet not unwelcome ways. The alert at the beginning certainly holds true; this is not for the faint of heart.

    16. There is a loveliness to Sharma's writing and I enjoyed the way the story unfolded but I must admit some of her choices did ruin my enjoyment.

    17. have been compulsively reading tor shorts. this one was disturbing & amazing & excellently structuredalso really enjoyed: - meat + drink- autobiography of a traitor & a half-savage- the best we can

    18. This was a dark and frightening short story/novelette. Since it does deal (rather graphically, at least in my estimation) with incest, childhood sexual abuse, and other unsavory topics, I was glad to see that on Tor this does come with what amounts to a trigger warning.It was a bizarre story, though. That being said, I was able to follow it fairly well. Yes, there were jumps from past to present, and as other reviewers have said, there is an emotional distancing that occurs between the reader, t [...]

    19. This is a free horror story available on Tor about two girls, shapeshifters and growing up. Favorite Quote(s): “She moved up the side of the tank. I realised that I was swaying in time with her, feeling unity in the motion. I was aware of her body, each muscle moving beneath her skin, her very skeleton. I looked into the snake’s black eyes and could see out of them into my own.”“Mouse. He’d swallow her whole. He’d crush her.”(view spoiler)[What did you like: I liked how everything [...]

    20. I liked very much the relationships in this one, which (sadly) felt very real. I didn't buy the magic realism/fantasy part, and would have prefered that it was less drastic SPOILER ALERT:I would have much rater preferred if characters could take some minor attributes rather than fully transform, as I would have found it more believable and would have detracted less from the experience. I have to say that I didn't believe that Gregor Samsa transformed into a giant beetle in Kafka's metamorphosis, [...]

    21. CN: Sexual assaultVisceral is a good way of describing this work. Like the snakes it talks about, the story slithers around you, constricting and squirming. It's uncomfortable in the way that great literature can be. As noted, the topic is dark, but the strength that the characters show is enormous. Fabulous Beasts is going on my favourites list.

    22. I loved this short story, right until the end. I found myself wanting to scroll and scroll and scroll, to find out what was going on, though I guessed a lot of it. When I reached the end, though I expected it, I was still weirded out by it and disliked how it had turned out.Excellent writing skills with such graphic detail it'll make your skin crawl.

    23. “Une jolie laide.”A fantastic story with some ugly turns. I couldn’t tear myself away, finding it to be hiding more than I was expecting. Great writing! The descriptions were short but suited, I could clearly visualise Laird Tower and the life beneath it. A great short story that (if you're squeamish) really makes your skin crawl.

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