248 pages, 5.98 × 9.02 × 0.51 in
April 30, 2010
Creative Guy Publishing
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1894953657
ISBN - 13: 9781894953658
About the Book
Fans of Lucy A. Snyder's Jessie Shimmer series won't want to miss this book, which includes a trio of stories featuring Miko, Sara, and Charlie: characters who appear in her urban fantasy novel Shotgun Sorceress. The fiction, poetry, and humor in these pages will appeal to any reader of the dark fantastic. By turns touching, chilling, surreal, wryly satiric, seductive, thrilling and laugh-out-loud funny, this collection will take you from adventures in the far reaches of outer space to the dark magic hidden beneath the surface of modern America. Sparks and Shadows won the 2008 Editors' Choice Black Quill Award for Best Dark Genre Collection. The award is sponsored by Dark Scribe Magazine.
About the Author
Lucy A. Snyder is the author of the collections Chimeric Machines and Sparks and Shadows. Her poetry has appeared in Full Unit Hookup, Strange Horizons, Chiaroscuro, Snow Monkey, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and Greatest Uncommon Denominator. She also served as a poetry editor for HMS Beagle.
Lucy was born in South Carolina but grew up in San Angelo, Texas. She currently lives in Worthington, Ohio with her husband and occasional co-author Gary A. Braunbeck.
If genres were wall-building nations, Lucy's stories would be forging passports, jumping fences, swimming rivers and dodging bullets. You can learn more about her at www.lucysnyder.com
"Snyder has a unique voice and her work is almost instantly recognisable. ... It's rare to encounter a writer who so loves words and the changes that can be rung and the tricks that can be played. Rare and precious. But because of Snyder's versatility, it's difficult to give an overview of this collection. Every piece is different, and every piece demands attention. ... Dark, funny, and romantic by turns, Sparks and Shadows is a must read. Go! Buy! Read!"
— Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine
"(N)ot only does Lucy A. Snyder write truly intelligent horror that is both witty and political but her stories and poems tap the feminist potential of horror to illuminate the shadowy extremes of both love and hate. ... Whether you are looking for dark fantasy or horror or just something to tickle your funny bone, I recommend you pick up a copy."
— The Green Man Review
"The short stories and poems in Lucy Snyder's debut collection range from dark to very dark to sexy to hopeful, often with a wry twist of humor ... Highly recommended ..."
— Sequential Tart
"At times poignant, witty, erotic, thoughtful, chilling and maniacally gleeful, Sparks and Shadows is a delightful collection and book length introduction to an author to watch."
— Horror Reader
"Lucy Snyder's Sparks and Shadows is everything you could want in a short story collection. Elegant, beautiful prose, deep emotional writing and powerful stories. Do yourself a favor and grab this one!"
— James A. Moore, author of Serenity Falls