Dear Sweet Filthy World
What exactly is the difference between a love letter and a suicide note? Is there really any difference at all? These might be the questions posed by Dear Sweet Filthy World, Caitlín R. Kiernan’s fourteenth collection of short fiction, comprised of twenty-eight uncollected and impossible-to-find stories. Treading the grim places where desire and destruction, longing and horror intersect, the author rises once again to meet the high expectations she set with such celebrated collections as Tales of Pain and Wonder, To Charles Fort, With Love, and the World Fantasy Award-winning The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories. In these pages you’ll meet a dragon’s lover, a drowned vampire cursed always to ride the tides, a wardrobe that grants wishes, and a lunatic artist’s marriage of the Black Dahlia and the Beast of Gévaudan.
You’ll also visit a ruined post-industrial Faerie, travel back to tropical Paleozoic seas and ahead to the far-flung future, and you’ll meet a desperate writer forced to sell her memories for new ideas. Here are twenty-eight tales of apocalypse and rebirth, of miraculous transformation and utter annihilation. Here is the place where professing your undying devotion might be precisely the same thing as signing your own death warrant—or worse. The stories in Dear Sweet Filthy World were first published in the subscription-only Sirenia Digest, run by Caitlín for her most devoted readers. This publication marks the first availability to the general public for most of these rare tales.
Here are twenty-eight tales of apocalypse and rebirth, of miraculous transformation and utter annihilation. Here is the place where professing your undying devotion might be precisely the same thing as signing your own death warrant or worse. The stories in Dear Sweet Filthy World were first published in the subscription-only Sirenia Digest, run by Caitlin for her most devoted readers. This publication marks the first availability to the general public for most of these rare tales.
Dear Sweet Filthy World is a collection of bizarre stories. The stories within are not what you would usually or expect. I was so ready to begin this book when I first read what it was all about. There’s a crazy mix of wonder in this book, a good deal of sadness, and just over strange weird things. They are however not for the faint at heart, and each one is unique in its own way. They are dark and definitely not a light read, but you should love them all just as I have. then again, I’m strange, to begin with.
One thing I have to mention, I was a little upset once I began to notice that there were a lot of similarities between the first story Werewolf Smile and another book of hers titled The Drowning Girl. I would have been ok with that but it was not only that one time, but they’re also sort of all over the book, to be honest. So many of the stories felt like I was reliving the same ones over again, and this is why I couldn’t give this book a higher rating.
Now, I’m not saying that all of these stories are like that because there are a few nice and fresh ones to be found. The author is also one of my favorites in the darker and more bizarre fiction, and almost all of the time I adore her work, and just because a few of the stories in this book were not up to my expectations for this author, I’ll still remain a fan, and still recommend reading this book.
Title: Dear Sweet Filthy World
Author: Caitlín R. Kiernan
Published Date: March 31, 2017
Genre: Horror Fiction, Fantasy Fiction
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Format: Hardcover, Kindle
Pages: 296 pages
Reviewed by: Kathryn Price
Our Rating: 2.8 /5
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