Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters
"Inside each grief is a lonely ghost of silence, and inside each silence are the words we didn't say."
Damien Angelica Walters can often be found gracing the pages of every fiction magazine other writers dream of appearing in; Black Static, Apex, Interzone, Shimmer, Nightmare Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
Sing Me Your Scars is Damien Angelica Walter's debut short story collection. Composed of three parts it contains 20 stories of suffering and sorrow, of misfits and damaged people. These are the stories of a dark underworld that we have all glimpsed upon for a few brief moments but for some unlucky souls it is their home.
I loved the range of stories here, there are no two alike and whilst reading this starling collection I read slowly to enjoy every line. These are dark magnificent tales that you will want to read again and again.
What's really magical about these tales is with how immersive they are. Straight away you feel like you in their world feeling all the sorrow and despair they feel. The prose is as beautiful as it is horrific. I've only come across a few writers who can write such vivid imagery.
Highlights for me in this collection include Sing Me Your Scars, a Frankenstein tale about a young woman who has been formed from other women's body parts and kept in the shadows by her maker. This tale really sang to me and I would love to see it expanded into a novel.
Paskutinis Iliuzja (The Last Illusion) is about the last magician in Lithuania caring for his sick daughter during occupation was absolutely heartbreaking, poignant and far too real.
Melancholia in Bloom is a tale of a woman struggling to stay who she is and remember the memories what make her. She's trying to pass down an important family secret,a box of magic and despairs her message will never be found.
Running Empty in a Land of Decay is simply the best post apocalyptic tale I've ever read, and The Taste of Tears in a Rain Drop serves to remind us that it is not just women who suffer. Shall I Whisper to You of Moonlight, of Sorrow, of Pieces of Us is a darkly haunting tale of woman waiting for the man she refused to let go.
About the Author
Damien Angelica Walters is the author of Sing Me Your Scars, winner of This is Horror’s Short Story Collection of the Year, Paper Tigers, and the forthcoming Cry Your Way Home. Her short fiction has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award, reprinted in The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and The Year's Best Weird Fiction, and published in various anthologies and magazines, including the Shirley Jackson Award Finalists Autumn Cthulhu and The Madness of Dr. Caligari, World Fantasy Award Finalist Cassilda's Song, Nightmare Magazine, and Black Static. Until the magazine's closing in 2013, she was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede. Find her on Twitter @DamienAWalters or on the web at http://damienangelicawalters.com.