This is book #03 in our APEX VOICES series!
In her first collection of short fiction, Damien Angelica Walters weaves her lyrical voice through suffering and sorrow, teasing out the truth and discovering hope.
"Love, loss, and the mutable, yet ineluctable, truth of identity are the bedrock, the steely spine of Sing Me Your Scars. The stories comprise a mirror, shattered to 20-odd bits and reassembled and bound within a frame. Each jagged sliver reflects some distortion of the viewer, each shard bends and traps light and pierces the eye, perhaps the soul, with an isolated wound, but step back and back and a kaleidoscopic effect takes hold. Behold a powerful, important statement writ in the weird."
"Sing Me Your Scars is a gripping collection of short stories that provides a number of deeply-felt chills without relying on the crutches of common horror clichés and tropes."
—Cemetery Dance Magazine
"Having read many other accolades and testimonials for Damien's work, I think I'm probably not overstating too much how good these stories are."
—Ginger Nuts of Horror
Sometimes a thread pulled through the flesh is all that holds you together. Sometimes the blade of a knife or the point of a nail is the only way you know you're real. When pain becomes art and a quarter is buried deep within you, all you want is to be seen, to have value, to be loved. But love can be fragile, folded into an origami elephant while you disappear, carried on the musical notes that build a bridge, or woven into an illusion so real, so perfect that you can fool yourself for a little while. Paper crumples, bridges fall, and illusions come to an end. Then you must pick up the pieces, stitch yourself back together, and shed your fear, because that is when you find out what you are truly made of and lift your voice, that is when you Sing Me Your Scars.
"Sing Me Your Scars revolves in the mind's eye in a kaleidoscope of darkness and wonder."
--Laird Barron, author of The Croning and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All
"Damien Angelica Walters writes prose as sharp as a scalpel. With surgical precision, she slices through her characters' veneers to lay bare the secret scars underneath, the knots of fear and desire twisting them. The women and men in these stories struggle against their own, oddly-beautiful damage, and even when they succumb to it, the narrative is never less than compelling. Anatomist of dreams and nightmares, Walters is a writer to watch."
--John Langan, author of The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies
"Like the best horror fiction, this collection is at once subversive and invested in the peculiar delights of the genre. The result is a full-body experience, packed with gasps and shivers, pulse-pounding jolts and moments of intense instinctive recoil — shocking, yes, but completely enthralling and oddly uplifting as well."
--Los Angeles Review of Books, Helen Marshall
"From a pure enjoyment perspective, there are few that rival Damien’s style. I will not be the first to talk of how lyrical her prose can be, but I haven’t heard many mention how unobtrusively so it is. It flows easy, like a song, but dammit if she doesn’t manage to pull of the trick of not allowing the wording to distract us from the tale. The images are strong and memorable and the stories are tight and there is even a second person perspective tale in here that doesn’t come across as snobbish and self-conscious."
--Eviscerating Pen, Anton Cancre
Table of Contents
Part I: Here
Sing Me Your Scars (Apex Magazine issue 70)
All the Pieces We Leave Behind
Girl, With Coin
Paskutinis Iliuzija (The Last Illusion)
Glass Boxes and Clockwork Gods
Sugar, Sin, and Nonsuch Henry
Part II: And The Now
Running Empty in a Land of Decay
The Taste of Tears in a Raindrop
Always, They Whisper
Dysphonia in D Minor
Shall I Whisper to You of Moonlight, of Sorrow, of Pieces of Us?
Immolation: A Love Story
Part III: And Away
Melancholia in Bloom
Iron and Wood, Nail and Bone
And All the World Says Hush
They Make of You a Monster
Paper Thin Roses of Maybe
Grey in the Gauge of His Storm (Apex Magazine issue 53)
Like Origami in Water
Cover art and design: Angela McDermott and Juliana M. Hernandez.
DAMIEN ANGELICA WALTERS' short fiction has appeared in various magazine and anthologies, including Year's Best Weird Fiction Volume One, The Best of Electric Velocipede, Strange Horizons, Nightmare, Lightspeed, Shimmer, Apex, Streets of Shadows, What Fates Impose, and Glitter & Mayhem. Paper Tigers, a novel, will be released in late 2015.
Writing as Damien Walters Grintalis, Damien's short fiction appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Fireside, Daily Science Fiction, and others, and Ink, a novel, was released in December 2012 by Samhain Horror.
She's also a freelance editor, and until the magazine's closing in 2013, she was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede. You can find her on Twitter @DamienAWalters or online at http://damienangelicawalters.com.