Originally posted on The Nerd Daily.
Forged in partnership by Running Wild Press and The Pixel Project, a volunteer-led global nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness, funds, and volunteer power for the cause to end violence against women, Giving the Devil His Due is a charity SFF anthology that leads readers through worlds where victims find their power, and men who abuse meet their comeuppance.
Pitched as The Twilight Zone meets Promising Young Woman, Giving the Devil His Due features contributions from Angela Yuriko Smith, Christina Henry, Dana Cameron, Errick Nunnally, Hillary Monahan, Jason Sanford, Kaaron Warren, Kelley Armstrong, Kenesha Williams, Leanna Renee Hieber, Lee Murray, Linda D. Addison, Nicholas Kaufmann, Nisi Shawl, Peter Tieryas, and Stephen Graham Jones. Each story is intended to help readers “think about the importance of justice for the victims of gender-based violence, how rare this justice is in our own world, and why we need to end violence against women once and for all”—and each, in its own unique, dark, delicious way, delivers. A few favorites:
“Hell on the Homefront Too” by Stephen Graham Jones paints a gruesome picture of breaking the death grip of violence when a battered wife finally gets rid of her abusive war-hero-turned-zombie husband, whose own vile cruelty rots him from the inside out.
Lee Murray’s “The Moon Goddess’s Granddaughter” is a whimsical exercise in the slow-building terror of entrapment when romance wilts, ensnares, and suffocates—stripping away the veneer of something once lovely to reveal the monster beneath—and how beauty will find a way to break free.
“Just Us League” by Angela Yuriko Smith gives new meaning to the phrase “cleaning up after someone else’s mess” when a female janitor comes across a card for the Just Us League, an unknown yet powerful organization that kindly wipes away a certain type of filth, in a tale of empowerment, atonement, and sisterhood.
Linda D. Addison’s “Finding Water to Catch Fire” delves into the fantastic in a story about breaking the chains of generational trauma and putting an end to the cyclical nature of abuse, as well as finally winning the battle for self-worth and seeing yourself clearly for the first time.
“Violence against women is one of the most brutal, widespread and entrenched human rights violations in the world and yet there remains a wall of silence around it in many cultures and families,” says The Pixel Project Founder and President, Regina Yau. “We believe that stories have the power to change the world by bringing this issue into the light and hope that the sixteen tales in this anthology will not only get people to think about the issue but also galvanize them to take action to stop violence against women and girls in their communities worldwide.”
A limited anthology, Giving the Devil His Due is available through October 31, 2023. A fundraiser at heart, 100% of the net proceeds from the sales of the anthology will go toward supporting The Pixel Project’s anti-violence against women programs, campaigns, and resources.
Review for Suspense Magazine
Chilling suspense, a twisted whodunit, and a series of gruesome deaths written by a nurse-turned-author weave into an intricate web of secrets and murder in Alexandrea Weis’s atmospheric YA thriller, Have You Seen Me? [Vesuvian Books, August 17, 2021].
Relentlessly bullied during her years at Waverly Prep, alumna-turned-faculty Aubrey LaRoux is conflicted about returning to campus—an anxiety which deepens to dread when she arrives to find a missing person poster of student Lindsey Gillett. History is now not only Aubrey’s subject, but, worse, seems to be repeating itself: Two girls went missing from Waverly Prep in the 1990s and another—Lindsey’s sister—disappeared while Aubrey was in school. When a small group of Aubrey’s students convince her to investigate the unsolved cases, the secrets she learns of Waverly’s sordid history will put a target on their backs. Not everyone wants Aubrey meddling with the past—especially the ones willing to kill to hide it.
Dark academia meets teen slasher with just a sprinkling of superstition and folklore, Have You Seen Me? has all the hair-raising suspense of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer with the dark secrets of Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and the twisty crimes of Sager’s Home Before Dark. This is a slasher worth dying for.
Lindy Miller Ryan is an author, editor, and spooky things enthusiast who occasionally makes crafty things and bakes.