Breath & Shadow
Spring 2021 - Vol. 18, Issue 2
New On The Bookshelf
The Ballad of Hangman’s Elm: A Fairy Tale
By Susan M. Silver
“This book should be required reading for anyone wondering and hoping if this too shall pass.”
A legendary park-dwelling tree becomes an accidental witness to once-in-a-generation calamity within catastrophe – unrest in the midst of a pandemic. This is an unforgettable story of growth through crisis. A luminous tale that reads like a prose poem, a must-read for all ages.
The Dream Journals
by Sarah Cavar
In eighteen subconscious segments The Dream Journals blends genre and form to stage scenes once hidden behind eyelids. The result is a micro-memoir of both speculation and recollection of the surreal and the all-too-embodied.
"Cavar creates a speculative whole from many shards. I can inhabit my own internal//dreams with this chapbook a prism of refracted selves in technicolor.”
– Jesse Rice-Evans, author of THE UNINHABITABLE (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019)
A Hole Walked In
by Sarah Cavar
A Hole Walked In is a thrilling piece of surrealist-gothic-body-horror short fiction featuring a protagonist whose face just won’t stop bleeding. Following writers like Carmen Maria Machado and Helen Oyeyemi A Hole Walked In traverses the feminist Weird and leaves a red trail in its wake.
"A blood rite of a bildungsroman. A Hole Walked In asks questions that can only be answered by the mirror. The sly-and-wry body horror envelopes the reader in a way that feels more real than fantastical and yet it is after something that is just out of reach. Cavar deftly writes a fable that is impossible to take even a breath away from and they do it drenched in the bloody irony of skill.”
— L Scully author of LIKE US (ELJ Editions).