Editor’s Summary: What happens when fantasy rips through the everyday screen to wake us up? Could this revival be our end?
In Montage of happiness, Ling Ma presents eight wildly different stories of people navigating the madness and reality of our collective delusions: love and loneliness, connection and possession, friendship, motherhood, the idea of home. A woman lives in a house with all her ex-boyfriends. A toxic friendship is forged around a drug that makes you invisible. An ancient ritual could cure you of anything, if you bury yourself alive.
These scenarios and others explore the ways in which the weird and the ordinary come together in shocking, deceptive, and heartbreaking ways.
Leech by Hiron Ennes
Release date: September 27
Den of Geek says: Described as New Weird and praised by Tamsyn Muir (Gideon the ninth), this sci-fi horror promises bizarre explorations of bodily autonomy.
Editor’s Summary: In an isolated castle, in the far north of the north, the baron’s doctor died. The doctor’s substitute has a mystery to solve: to discover how the Institute lost track of one of its many bodies.
For hundreds of years, the Interprovincial Medical Institute has grown by rooting itself in young minds and molding them into physicians, replacing every human practitioner of medicine. The Institute is here to help humanity, to heal and cut, to lull and protect the species from the apocalyptic horrors that their ancestors unleashed.
In the frozen north, the body of the Institute will discover a contender for its rung at the top of the evolutionary ladder. A parasite is spreading through the Baron’s castle, an already dark abyss of secrets, lies, violence and fear. The two will wage war on the battlefield of the body. Whatever the victory, humanity will lose again.