This Strange Way of Dying: Stories of Magic, Desire & the Fantastic (Paperback)
Spanning a variety of genres—fantasy, science fiction, horror—and time periods, Silvia Moreno-Garcia's exceptional debut collection features short stories infused with Mexican folklore yet firmly rooted in a reality that transforms as the fantastic erodes the rational. This speculative fiction compilation, lyrical and tender, quirky and cutting, weaves the fantastic and the horrific alongside the touchingly human. Perplexing and absorbing, the stories lift the veil of reality to expose the realms of what lies beyond with creatures that shed their skin and roam the night, vampires in Mexico City that struggle with disenchantment, an apocalypse with giant penguins, legends of magic scorpions, and tales of a ceiba tree surrounded by human skulls.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a short story writer and editor, and the operator of the micropress Innsmouth Free Press. Her short stories have appeared in Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, The Book of Cthulhu, ELQ/Exile: The Literary Quarterly, and Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction. She is the editor of Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction and Future Lovecraft. She lives in Vancouver.
"Silvia Moreno-Garcia's stories are sensitive and haunting portraits of worlds where the impossible and the real live side by side. Hers is a rare and wonderful talent." —Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award–winning author, Osama