Title: Cold-Hearted – 27th February 2016
The cold is bone deep as the winter storms rage. A wolf’s howl pierces the forest at night. Stay close to the fire and each other for Winter Tales! Dark, grim, beautiful and grotesque. Edited by Margret Helgadottir Cover art by S.L. Johnson This anthology of short stories from around the globe delves into our universal fears of the long dark winter months. Mat Joiner: The frost sermon Su Haddrell: The Bothy Sharon Kernow: The Wolf Moon Ruth Booth: The love of a season Masimba Musodza: When the trees were enchanted Fiona Clegg: Sunday’s Child Tim Major: Winter in the Vivarium Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi: Snow Angel Amelia Gorman: Under your skin B. Thomas: Among Wolves Eliza Chan: Yukizuki DJ Tyrer: Frose G.H. Finn: Cold-Hearted David Sarsfield: Voliday Kelda Crich: Coldness Waits K.N. McGrath: The Siege Jonathan Ward: Spirit of the Season James Bennett: The Red Lawns Anne Michaud: Frost Fair Jan Edwards: Shaman Red Adrian Tchaikovsky: The Coming of The Cold Verity Holloway: The Frost of Heaven
Wendy Bousfield / The Future Fire
The full review (link beow) contains some major spoilers for several stories (including mine) so if you haven’t read my story &or the other tales in the anthology, you may not want to read the full review (yet)
Spoiler Free Extracts :
“The good news is that two Winter Tales stories are both upbeat and enjoyable. “Cold-Hearted” by G. H. Finn is a zany tall tale. “When the Trees Were Enchanted” by Masimba Musodza is, by any measure, an extraordinarily fine work of fiction.”
“A witty romp with a feisty heroine, “Cold-Hearted” is a welcome treat.”
“Cold-Hearted” and “When the Trees Were Enchanted” engage 21st century social problems, other Winter Tales stories have an oddly retro feel. ”
(refering to “Cold-Hearted” and “When the Trees Were Enchanted”)
“(these) two outstanding stories will stay in this reviewer’s imagination.”
Wendy Bousfield describes Winter Tales :
“A thematic collection of stories and poems by little known writers, Winter Tales includes (mostly) dark fantasies with folkloric elements. Editor Margrét Helgadóttir is a Norwegian-Icelandic writer and editor, writing in English, and author of The Stars Seem So Far Away (2015), a collection of thematically linked short stories, set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, whose survivors have fled to the poles to escape ecological devastation. Prior to Winter Tales, Helgadóttir co-edited two thematic collections of art and stories, European Monsters (2014) and the BFA-nominated African Monsters (2015), all of which are published by Fox Spirit Books, a small press that favors “weird noir” fiction. Winter Tales employs winter cold as what Stephen King called the “phobic pressure point” (Danse Macabre). ”
Reviews of Winter Tales on Amazon
Huddle down by the fire, for the nights are drawing in, and the clawed hand of winter is closing tightly on the land…
(Ironically, I started reading this just as we got our first actually hot days of spring in this part of the world. But not to worry, because now it’s howling a gale and lashing down with rain outside, and what passes for summer in England is as close to winter as makes no difference. But I digress.)
In the eons before Skyplussing and Playstation, people would while away the long winter nights telling stories around the fire. Tales to warm the blood with excitement, or chill the heart at the thought of the terrors that may be lurking in the wild, cold darkness just outside the door.
In Winter Tales Margret Helgadottir has put together a fine collection of short stories that do just that. Winter, snow, ice and frost, all are essential to every story in this SFF anthology, which takes us from mountaineers trapped in a Highland bothy by a sudden storm who find they’re not as alone as they think they are, via the freezing famine of war-torn Leningrad, to a futuristic travel agent where Sadie discovers that her request for a virtual holiday “somewhere cold”changes her life forever.
Highlights – apart from the aforementioned stories by, respectively, Su Haddrell, K.N. McGrath and David Sarsfield – include the warm and funny “Cold-Hearted” by G H Finn, “When the Trees Where Enchanted” by Masimba Musdoza, which brings ancient Zimbabwean magic into a fight against developers in modern-day Middlesbrough, and “The Coming of the Cold”, Adrian Tchaikovsky’s dark take on a wintery children’s classic.
Pick up a copy of Winter Tales. Go swift! for the wolves are running…
I got a lot of pleasure out of this collection of frosty tales. The different voices of the authors shine through and many of the stories have sparked my imagination.
A book for dipping into on dark nights by the fire when the snow swirls outside the window and the door rattles on the latch.
But most of all, I love this book for the cover!