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Sharma has been writing and publishing short stories for over a decade and Im delighted that shes finally receiving the recognition her work deserves Shes extremely skillful in creating characters with whom we can empathizeno matter their deedsleading her readers down roads of beauty and horror I especially love her award winning novelette Fabulous Beasts a perfect piece of storytelling Ellen Datlow Best H. The two features most common in the characters of Priya Sharma s excellent fantasy short story collection are 1 being as one puts it encumbered by the dead either literally seeing ghosts or being haunted by past deaths for which they feel guilt and 2 being really close to Nature especially the animal world to the extent of transforming into animals in a number of cases Family relationships especially between mothers and children also feature in several storiesMy favorite stories were Pearls in which a modern version of Medusa who got a really raw deal in the original myth gets her own back and The Nature of Bees it was obvious where the latter tale was going but I really enjoyed the writing involved in getting it there There s an edge or than an edge of horror to a few stories such as The Show which deals with the not unfamiliar idea of a fake ghost hunter show encountering the Real Thing but an air of sadness and regret is common Hope also occurs often with parental love vanuishing danger as in Egg and The Sunflower Seed Man I strongly recommend these uiet beautifully written stories to anyone who enjoys gentle and thoughtful fantasy The White Nights of Ramadan unfamiliar idea of a fake ghost hunter show encountering the Real Thing but an air of sadness and regret is common Hope also occurs often with parental love vanuishing danger as in Egg and The Sunflower Seed Man I strongly recommend these

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Orror of the Year seriesPriya Sharma is a doctor from the UK who also writes short fiction Her work has appeared in Interzone Black Static Albedo one and Torcom among others Shes been anthologised in various annual Best of anthologies by editors like Ellen Datlow Paula Guran Jonathan Strahan and Johnny Mains Her story Fabulous Beasts was on the Shirley Jackson Award shortlist and won a British Fantasy Awar. Fabulous beautifully written stories from the dark side

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The debut short story collection from acclaimed UK writer Priya Sharma All the Fabulous Beasts collects 16 stunning and monstrous tales of love rebirth nature and sexuality A heady mix of myth and ontology horror and the modern macabrePriya Sharma explores liminality and otherness with skill and verve in her engaging and haunting storiesAlison Moore Author of the Man Booker shortlisted The LighthousePriya. When she isn t working as a General Practitioner in the UK Priya Sharma writes wonderfully dark ontological short stories that defy categorization Her work comfortably falls under the umbrella of weird fiction but could just as easily be included on horror fantasy ueer fairy tale science fiction and speculative fiction shelves as well In an interview with Fiction Unbound Sharma described her writing as focusing on the topics of longing and grief Longing and grief are an essential component of growing as a human being We can t outrun pain I think they always exist in my work in one form or another Love too I hope We can t outrun pain It s no wonder I devoured these stories that unflinchingly explore the pains of otherness love birth death and myriad forms of grief If you enjoy the writing of Kelly Link or Carmen Maria Machado for starters I strongly recommend adding Priya Sharma to your reading list These liminal tales are as vividly beautiful as they are monstrous and often monstrously beautiful All the Fabulous Beasts is Sharma s first short story collection I m already hungry for


8 thoughts on “ All the Fabulous Beasts

  1. says:

    When she isn’t working as a General Practitioner in the UK, Priya Sharma writes wonderfully dark, ontological short stories that defy categorization. Her work comfortably falls under the umbrella of weird fiction, but could just as

  2. says:

    That there exist stages of grief is a commonly known fact but what I would suggest is less popular to believe is the stages experienced when in the presence of Good Art. In my experience these tend to be as follows: Interest, Disbelief, Obsession, Envy, and glorious Defeat. To be thrown down by the quality of a work of art is always

  3. says:

    The two features most common in the characters of Priya Sharma’s excellent fantasy short story collection are (1) being, as one puts it, “encumbered by the dead,” either literally seeing ghosts or being haunted by past deaths for which they feel guilt, and (2) being really close to Nature, especially the animal world, to the extent of transforming into animals in a number of cases. Family relationships, especial

  4. says:

    This will be a very short review.

    I will be brutally frank. I have been in love with the lyrical writing of Priya Sharma since I first read her work "The Fox Maiden" in one of Paula Guran's "Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror" collections. I found it remarkable, and I think the word I ultimately used was "l

  5. says:

    Absolutely stunning collection of dark short stories. Priya Sharma is one to watch out for, and I cannot wait to see if she is releasing a full length novel. I loved everything about this book; the dark themes, the imagery, the twists in the end that you don't see coming. This is the kind of book that simultaneously makes me want to give up writing forever, as I could never write anything so good, and pushes me on to write better.

  6. says:

    Fabulous, beautifully written stories from the dark side.

  7. says:

    Written in an elegant and almost poetic style, these stories are particularly suitable for a deep and thoughtful reading, and not for a quick and easy one. That it’s precisely where the whole allure and all the richness of this book lie. The themes of these stories are the diversity, the search for identity, the survival, the difficult relationship with other people, parenthood and the sense of guilt. The deep concept of “mon

  8. says:

    These are great stories teeming with originality and surprises. An author to follow.

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