Wintry and stormy books of atmosphere and dread to read this fall and winter
It had a fairy tale feel to it, something atmospheric in a sense, that made reading it not feel like a child’s tale, but more a cozy story you’d sit next to a fire while listening to it being told to you.
Baba Yaga had that distinct, gritty feel to her words, as you would expect, but with that wise grandmother feel I'd want her to embody. It was a perfect read, and a timely one, on being your own woman, Baba Yaga style.
Folkloric and atmospheric, The Bone Houses was one of the better books I've read this year.
Silver in the Wood is a woodsy folktale that harkens to the old gods and mischievous fae.
The pearl tree stood alone in the center of a poor man’s garden. It dropped iridescent pearls every morning, but if the man got too close, branches whipped out to slap him. Pearls at his feet, and not one to sell in the markets. Still, the man tried every so often to snatch just one pearl. But each effort left him with a welt across the face and a gash on his arm. One day, the man grew so angry he decided to cut down the tree....
There was a man and a woman, married for years who were wise to believe in the evil eye. They knew spirits that were made of smoke, not flesh, roamed the earth, looking for ways to cause mischief.
Labeled as “too short” or “not Arab enough,” Hussain said that the collection went beyond what was on the page, inspiring readers to explore what was unsaid and unwritten.
This one is called The King with One Daughter and features a king who loses his only child despite his best efforts.
Overall, a good read if you want some woodsy magic and dragon slaying.