- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: Apex Book Company (Feb. 23 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781937009533
- ISBN-13: 978-1937009533
- ASIN: 193700953X
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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About the Author
MERCEDES M. YARDLEY wears red stilettos and writes whimsical horror. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including John Skipp's Bram Stoker Award™-winning Demons: Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed, and A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs. Mercedes lives in Sin City.
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Summary: Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a little disquieting horror in their beautiful fantasy worlds, where things do not always go as planned.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in via the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program in exchange for a fair review.
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Her writing is flawless .
Beautiful Sorrows features twenty-seven stories, ranging from paragraph long micro-fictions to a single novella length. It’s a mix of the fantastic and the dark . But it’s the sheer exquisiteness of these stories that provides the through-line that holds them all together.
Some of these stories are heartbreaking and will leave you in tears. Others are breathtakingly jarring and will make you want to look away for a moment to remind yourself you can leave the confines of her world, even if just for a moment. All are unforgettable. All will haunt you long after you turn the last page... There is humor and sadness, flights of fancy and dull, gray reality. Yes there is horror that goes deep down to your bones, but there is also hope the floats up with the clouds. After putting this book down and wiping my sticky fingers and still watering mouth, I can honestly say that Beautiful Sorrows offers a little bit of everything.
While I myself did not like the book much, I understand that there are many readers out there who will love this collection. So if you think this may be your kind of book don't let my personal disappointment with it discourage you from finding out for yourself - each to his own.
(Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own)
What I can do is offer heartfelt and awestruck praise for this brilliant, beautiful,gruesome and grotesque collection of creativity the likes of which I have never seen before. Oh, I've read great collections and anthologies that were exceptional. What makes the collection so unique and praiseworthy is the bedazzling array of styles and formats all offered by ONE author in ONE collection!
She offers horror and fairytales, sometimes in the same story. She is unafraid to leave the end of a story up to the reader. She exhibits a sense of humour that is so outrageous and yet appropriate to each situation that it is uncanny. Stated as simply and clearly as I can say it, Mercedes M Yardley is the writer least afraid of her own imagination writing today. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it. I feel fortunate to be around as her career is taking flight.
Beautiful sorrows is 27 little deaths, 27 moments of emotion and whimsical fancy bowed up in one pretty little package. Each of these tales is connected to a heartstring and each pulls in slightly different angle, with varying degrees of force.
As you traipse through this difficult and magnificent landscape, I guarantee that you learn something about yourself, maybe just a little thing. Maybe something grander. Something you weren't aware of that makes you smile, makes you feel, makes you think, makes you hurt, makes you hurt, makes you hurt.
Just know going in that this collection is like screaming on a roller coaster. It's meandering through the fun house. It's the spectacle of walking through the front gate and It's walking away after the lights have gone out, a red balloon tied to your wrist. There are worlds going on in between the bindings and they are all beautiful, in their own way.
"These, he told his daughter, these are the quiet places where your body grows."
The stories that resonate with me are:
The Boy Who Hangs the Stars
The Quiet Place Where Your Body Grows
Pixies Don't Get Names
& Big Man Ben
*I'm not ashamed to say that Black Mary & The Quiet Place brought me to tears.