Short Stories 366:47 — “Jooni,” by Kemba Banton

There was so much going on so incredibly well in such a short space of time in this story I think Kemba Banton might be some sort of magic-wielding individual herself or something. This time, Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History takes us to Jamaica in 1843, and the titular character of … Continue reading Short Stories 366:47 — “Jooni,” by Kemba Banton

Short Stories 366:40 — “A Score of Roses,” by Troy L. Wiggins

The more I read my way through Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, the more I'm annoyed I left it on my shelf of "to be read" anthologies for so long. The stories are so good, and so varied, and the chorus of voices are so fantastically drawn that I just... Well, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:40 — “A Score of Roses,” by Troy L. Wiggins

Short Stories 366:26 — “Angela and the Scar,” by Michael Janairo

It's not just the different times and places and historical events but the sheer volume of new-to-me legends, folklore, and cultural mythology to be had in reading Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From the Margins of History that has kept me so hooked. "Angela and the Scar" takes place in 1900 Philippines, and right away we're … Continue reading Short Stories 366:26 — “Angela and the Scar,” by Michael Janairo

Short Stories 366:19 — “Collected Likenesses,” by Jamey Hatley

Oh wow, was this story powerful. Told in tiny chapters, this is the story of a black woman, her former-slave grandmother, and scars, time, connections, and legacies. The speculative element here is at once liberating and smothering. The entire tale feels like that: push and pull, oppositions in a kind of balance that refuses to … Continue reading Short Stories 366:19 — “Collected Likenesses,” by Jamey Hatley

Short Stories 366:12 — “Diyu,” by Robert William Iveniuk

Is it wrong to admit I was pleasantly surprised to see Canada as a setting, even though I knew which particular slice of awful history I was about to see? "Diyu" is the perfect example of what to expect from Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, in that the stories are set … Continue reading Short Stories 366:12 — “Diyu,” by Robert William Iveniuk