Cabinet of Wonders, 3.21.15

The Collection Cabinet by Madeline von Foerster

The Collection Cabinet by Madeline von Foerster

Web fiction reviews by Lauren Colie

This week it’s all about manipulating emotions. Let these authors in when they knock; your reward will be an immersive experience that wrenches from you feelings you didn’t expect. Be ready for disgust, horror, delight, peace and disruption. All this and more awaits in these guaranteed mood-changers.

A Review of Featherweight, by Robert Shearman at Nightmare Magazine

It was now pitch black. He couldn’t see Esther at all. He couldn’t see whether she was even breathing. “It’s all right, darling,” he told her. “They’ve found us. We’re safe now.” Not thinking about that strange twisted neck she’d had, not about spines. Read more »

Cabinet of Wonders, 3.13.15

Weird on the Web, by Leah Lamb

Today we’re opening a new drawer in our Cabinet of Wonders that we call Weird on the Web. Sit back and enjoy the unveiling of curiosities guaranteed to make you feel beautifully strange.

THE NATURE OF ART

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 3.12.13 PMPhotographers, Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen covered elder Finnish people with sticks, moss, and other elements from the natural world in their photo series Eyes As Big As Plates (featured in the Finnish museum of Modern Art).

While the strange configuration of people and nature is what draws the attention, it is the look in these people’s eyes that captivates. Maybe it’s because we don’t get to look in the eyes of old people very often. Or maybe the Finnish have that je ne sais quoi. Read more »

Cabinet of Wonders, 3.7.15

Cabinet of Wonders6Web Fiction Reviews by Lauren Colie

This week, the cabinet is full of fantasy. I’m dreaming of better weather by slipping into the dreamworlds of others. Dolphins, dragons and doves in the depths of conflict: take a trip with these three tales to take a break from your reality.

A Review of Surfacing, by Marissa Lingen, at Lightspeed Magazine

She had learned many things in the undersea city, but to its denizens – and possibly to herself – she was always the soldier from the surface. Not the person from the surface, or the woman, or the daughter, or the lover of jellyfish salads. Always the soldier from the surface.

After years of hiding beneath the sea, deserter Mishy has returned to a world at war. For what, she doesn’t know, but the objective might be hiding in the eldest daughter of the family she encounters first on dry land. Read more »