Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Death in the Mouth: Original Horror by People of Color Review

  Today Heather recommends Death In The Mouth: Original Horror by People of Color. 

Death in the Mouth: Original Horror by People of Color edited by Sloane Leong & Cassie Hart

"What is horror to those living in the margins?

Where terror is systematized and in the very air everyone happily breathes?

A misheard word.

The thud of boots.

An impossible color.

A foreign growth.

Death in the Mouth is a collection of horror stories and art showcasing BIPOC and ethnically marginalized storytellers from around the world. You’ll read stories featuring grotesque manifestations of dread, the enveloping sludge of grief, and the insectoid itch of deep-seated fear. Embodiments of mania and displacements of faith. Harrowing ecstasy and debilitating hope. Transgressions of the body, the spirit, and the community. Unique and terrifying alien mythology from the future. Quiet, creeping absurdities. Weird urban legends from secondary worlds.

In this anthology, Sloane Leong and Cassie Hart bring you an incredible range of stories and illustrations that celebrate the voices of those overlooked to show you the terrifying and exquisite scope of what horror can be.

Heather's Review

Can horror be beautiful?

I guess horror can be anything we want. I guess horror looks different when some of us come from backgrounds where we can be outcast due to the color of our skin. Or maybe horror looks the same because it's a binding agent and it can hold us all together.

This horror story is beautiful. The artwork was spectacular and I spent so much of my time looking at art for clues of what was to come, maybe a hint of the stories ending was waiting to be found. I'm not good at art so that never happened, but I did enjoy the work.

The stories were so well written and had so many different things to offer. There was body horror, sad horror, and everything in between.

It's one of those where you need to pick it up and find the story that pulls on your soul the most.

Thank you for joining us today! Please share your thoughts in the comments about Creatures of Passage and/or any recent reads you've been enjoying.

We are currently accepting horror fiction and horror adjacent fiction written by diverse authors in print and epub format ONLY. If this is you, please visit our review submission page here.

Heather is a contributing reviewer and will be helping out with various projects. Find her online at Goodreads, Twitter as @HSquared_13, and on Instagram as @h.hellion.

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