Kit enjoys reading scifi & fantasy, horror, and otherwise weird fiction. The great struggle of their life is to balance owning birds (sharp beaks, fond of paper) with owning books (made of paper, intriguingly shreddable).
"When you open my ear, touch it gently.
My mother's voice lingers somewhere inside."
This was among my favorite books of 2022, and it has stayed with me since I read it. Mosab Abu Toha's depictions of a life in siege are haunting, as are the small wonders he finds among the rubble. As a record of human experience, this collection is both vivid and essential.
Haunted kids, ancient horrors in the garden shed, mad science gone wrong - this short story collection does it all. Mohamed writes dark fantasy and horror with a deft, captivating hand. Creepy fun!
I read this in one sitting, unable to look away. The straightforward, graceful prose is a powerful counterpoint to the sense of creeping dread that builds throughout the story. An obsessive meditation on desire and shame.
"The first nice thing I ever did to my body was tear it open."
Reading this book wasn't the first nice thing I've ever done for myself, but it may be among the best. Jarboe's writing is queer and unrepentant, gay and unashamed. These stories gnawed on me, and I came away feeling holy--or maybe just full of holes, hard to say.