Queer Rep: Bisexuality
Warnings: Graphic depictions of violence, gore, discussion of self-harm, suicidal ideation
[Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.]
Being a teenager is rough. Being a queer teenager? Moreso. And being a queer teenager during the zombie apocalypse, well… at least it can’t get any worse.
Cate’s life takes a cataclysmic turn on her seventeenth birthday. Now living in a world where the dead live and the living have lost their humanity, Cate and her sister struggle to survive. As if suddenly having to acclimate to zombies being a real thing isn’t bad enough, Cate soon discovers that not all zombies are as simple as they seem, and she just so happens to be immune to their virus.
“The End” is a book with a strong voice and a focused plot. If you’re itching for a zombie thriller, the biggest strength of this novel is that it’s everything you expect it to be. Unfortunately, its biggest weakness is that it’s everything you expect it to be.
Nightmare Magazine is a literary magazine dedicated to collecting quality short dark fantasy and horror for its readers. I found the magazine when I happened upon Alyssa Wong’s “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” years ago. Never able to shake its imagery, I re-found the piece, re-read the piece, and bought the entire collection. I would have happily given the 2.99 just for Wong’s story alone; it was an easy price to pay. After reading the rest of the pieces, I can assure everyone it’s a fantastic investment if you’re at all interested in dark fantasy or horror.
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.