Hair Side, Flesh Side

Hair Side, Flesh Side

Author: Helen Marshall
Genres: Collection, Dark Fantasy, Horror
Publisher: ChiZine Publications
Publication Year: 2012

A child receives the body of Saint Lucia of Syracuse for her seventh birthday. A rebelling angel rewrites the Book of Judgement to protect the woman he loves. A young woman discovers the lost manuscript of Jane Austen written on the inside of her skin. A 747 populated by a dying pantheon makes the extraordinary journey to the beginning of the universe.

Lyrical and tender, quirky and cutting. Helen Marshall’s exceptional debut collection weaves the fantastic and the horrific alongside the touchingly human in fifteen modern parables about history, memory and the cost of creating art.

 

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Awards

2013 British Fantasy Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer (Winner)
2013 Aurora Award for Best Related Work (Short-List)
Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize (Long-list)

Library Journal, Starred Review

“. . . A tour de force of imagination, this remarkable debut collection uses the conventions of dark fantasy and horror as the framework for some of speculative fiction’s most unusual stories. VERDICT Fans of experimental fiction and exceptional writing should find a wealth of enjoyment here.”

What the Critics are Saying

  • "Stories subtle and unsettling: Helen Marshall clothes the uncanny in new flesh and then makes it bleed."
    Kelly Link World Fantasy Award-winning author of Pretty Monsters
  • ". . . A tour de force of imagination, this remarkable debut collection uses the conventions of dark fantasy and horror as the framework for some of speculative fiction’s most unusual stories. VERDICT Fans of experimental fiction and exceptional writing should find a wealth of enjoyment here."
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  • ". . . Amidst moments of body horror and hauntings galore, miracles and expressions of joy are liberally sprinkled, offering moments that lingered in my thoughts well after I’d finished the story. . . . I cannot wait to see what Marshall conjures next."
    San Francisco Book ReviewRead the Review
  • "Helen Marshall writes assured, accomplished prose that is as chilling as it is beautiful, and the stories she tells are as daring as they are unexpected. This superb first collection is set to make waves."
    Tim LeboonAuthor of Echo City
  • "Hair Side, Flesh Side is a quirky, kinky treat. We haven’t had a writer like this for while—secure and erudite and sexy. I hope this book influences because we need more."
    Tony BurgessAuthor of Pontypool Changes Everything
  • ". . . Sometimes a book comes along that is so original, so vibrantly alive, so beautifully imagined and so much a law unto itself that the only comment or advice a reviewer can offer is to say: go read it. Hair Side, Flesh Side is one such book, and having experienced it I am left with a genuine sense of excitement, thinking about where Helen Marshall might take us next."
    Strange HorizonsRead the Review

The Art

The art for Hair Side, Flesh Side was done by the amazingly talented Chris Roberts of Dead Clown Art.

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