I have a very special blogtour post today – my review of Things We Say in the Dark by Kirsty Logan as part of the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize longlist blogtour 💫
So here we go, into the dark.
Some things can’t be spoken about in the light of day. But we can visit our fears at night, in the dark. We can turn them over and weigh them in our hands and maybe that will protect us from them. But maybe not.
The characters in this collection find their aspirations for happy homes, happy families and happy memories dissected and imbued with shimmering menace. Alone in a remote house in Iceland a woman is unnerved by her isolation; another can only find respite from the clinging ghost that follows her by submerging herself in an overgrown pool. Couples wrestle with a lack of connection to their children; a schoolgirl becomes obsessed with the female anatomical models in a museum; and a cheery account of child’s day out is undercut by chilling footnotes.
These dark tales explore women’s fears with electrifying honesty and invention and speak to one another about female bodies, domestic claustrophobia, desire and violence. From a talented writer who has been compared to Angela Carter, Things We Say in the Dark is a powerful contemporary collection of feminist stories, ranging from vicious fairy tales to disturbing horror and tender ghost stories.
This is a very unique collection of short stories that really got under my skin. There is a distinctly witchy feel to this collection which gave it a haunting and ethereal quality.
Rather scary at times, I sometimes felt as if I was reading a collection of warped fairytales; the slightly supernatural vibe gave them a real edge which manifested itself in a deep sense of unease as I read more and more.
I really enjoyed Logan’s punchy writing style; it gave each of the stories a lucidity that elevated them into the realms of the truly menacing; rendering them prickly and uncomfortable at times.
Dark, disturbing and oozing with unsettling vibes, this feminist collection of short stories won’t be for everyone but I’m so glad the Dylan Thomas Prize put it on my radar!
Things We Say in the Dark is out in beautiful hardcover now and you can buy it here✨
My thanks go to Midas PR and Harvill Secker for my beautiful finished copy and to Martina Ticic for the invitation to the blogtour.
If you liked my post, please do check out my others and also the other stops on the blogtour (see hashtag #SUDTP20) ♥️
Until next time! Have a wonderful day!