While the Black Stars Burn
by Lucy a. Snyder

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  • ISBN-13: 9781935738770
  • ISBN-10: 1935738771
  • Publisher: Raw Dog Screaming Press
  • Publish Date: November 2015
  • Page Count: 166

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-10-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

Malevolent lineages and emotionally fraught familial relationships propel the plots of most of the 13 genre-spanning stories in Snyders strong collection. In Approaching Lavender, a woman paints a self-portrait according to her needy husbands instructions and finds that she has created a doppelganger who threatens her existence. In the diptych formed by The Abomination of Fensmere and The Girl with the Star-Stained Soul, a young girl who visits her long-estranged family on her mothers side is appalled to learn that shes being groomed as a conduit for the liberation of Lovecraftian horrors. The title tale concerns a violinist who discovers that the sonatas written for her by her abusive father are tools for trapping her in a nightmarish otherworld. Snyder (Soft Apocalypses) excels in her depictions of characters struggling desperatelyand often futilelyto extricate themselves from terrifying snares set by loved ones. Readers will find her stories a cut above most other tales of interpersonal and supernatural horror. (Nov.)

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