Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020
This is a book full of liminal spaces that become unfortunate loci for their protagonists. I enjoy the touch of opening with a poem before the foreword. After this we get “Lost Girls Don’t Cry” which is an excellent story of ghosts and belonging and unrequested rescues from Crybaby Bridge by Gwendolyn Kiste. The inexorably uncaring monster in Wendy N. Wagner’s “The Deer God” is unsettlingly perfect with the depiction of what parents will do to protect their children. “Cold-Blooded Old Times” by J. A. W. McCarthy has a pair of friends meet after an unfortunate coming of age summer, and take it all to the dark and murky depths beneath the waves. We are treated to an unreliable haunting of a house with improbable spaces in “The Sad Museum” by Alex Payne. “The Bone Man of Sanatorium Lake” by Andrew Cull is a fun bit of Australian creepypasta. “Devil's Elbow” by C. W. Briar is full of fun character detail and heart while exploring what creates an urban legend. “Women of the Mere” by Jessica Ann York closes us out with a reminder of the dangers of erasure.