Those of you who follow me on twitter know that a week ago I decided to tear the internet apart in search of a short story I’d read over a year ago. There was a lot of noise and dead ends, but eventually I reached my destination: Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong.
Don’t let the title trick you—this is a short story with heavy paranormal themes and a streak of horror. Even over a year later I was never able to shake the feelings or intrigue it left behind. Not only is the story unique and engaging, but just by reading it I felt I better understood the nature and composition of short stories in general.
Alyssa’s writing is phenomenal, with haunting imagery that will make your skin crawl. Rereading it was an absolute pleasure that left me somehow even more impressed than the first time. The story is available to read for free on Nightmare Magazine’s site, and I implore you to read it if you have interest in any of its tangential genres, or short stories in general.
You can also purchase the magazine in which it appeared both in digital and print format. Honestly, I slammed the “add to cart” button with such ferocity that it scared my cat.
I’m currently in the middle of reading the issue as a whole, and I can definitely say it’s worth the 2.99 Kindle price (just Wong’s story was worth that to me). It has stories ranging wildly in theme and content, and I’ve found myself inexplicably drawn into most of them. Written in its entirety by queer authors, all of the main characters are somewhere on the LGBT+ spectrum. The stories aren’t about them being queer, they just are—my absolute favorite sort of representation.
My review for the magazine will post soon. Until then, I urge you to give Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers a read.
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If you’re interested in reading or purchasing, it’s available for free on Nightmare Magazine’s site. The Amazon listings are here: