Sparks and Shadows

book coverTrade Paperback & Ebook
CGP · 248 Pages
ISBN-10: 1894953657 (paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1894953658 (paperback)
ISBN: 1894953665 (ebook)
Cover art by Malcolm McClinton
Introduction by Christopher Golden
May 2010 · $14.95 (pb) · $5.00 (ebook) · $0.99 (Kindle sampler)

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Black Quill AwardThe first edition of this book won the 2008 Editors' Choice Black Quill Award for Best Dark Genre Collection. The award is sponsored by Dark Scribe Magazine.

The fiction, poetry, and humor in these pages will appeal to any reader of the dark fantastic. Fans of the Jessie Shimmer series won't want to miss this book, which includes a trio of stories featuring Miko, Sara, and Charlie: characters who appear in Snyder's urban fantasy novel Shotgun Sorceress.

"(T)his has to be, hands down, the best collection I've read since Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts. ... Lucy Snyder means business, people. She is here to kick ass and take names." (read more)

book coverLimited-Edition Trade Paperback
HW Press · 356 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-9792346-1-3
Cover art by Deena Warner
Signed by Lucy and Nalo Hopkinson
May 2007 · $18.95

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By turns touching, chilling, surreal, wryly satiric, seductive, macabre and laugh-out-loud funny, this book will take you from adventures in the farthest reaches of outer space to the darkest shadows beneath the surface of modern America.

"It's a bacchanalia in there. And I must tell you: you may never find your way out again."
— Nalo Hopkinson, from her introduction

"Snyder's work is vibrant and resonant and superbly measured ... Short, sharp, and sometimes slightly shocking, (her) fiction is always memorable. ... (T)he stories in Sparks and Shadows weave a spell that'll prove hard to shake. It really is a bacchanalia in there, and you just might find you don't want to turn the last page. Nicely presented as a limited edition from HW Press with a distinctive Deena Warner cover, this volume belongs in any serious dark fantasy collection." (read more)

"(N)o matter what kind of story you like – romantic, creepy, violently scary, Hitchcockian, devilishly clever, or packed with fantastic adventure, you'll find something in this book that will seem written just for you." (read more)

"(N)ot only does Lucy A. Snyder write truly intelligent horror that is both witty and political but her stories and poems tap the feminist potential of horror to illuminate the shadowy extremes of both love and hate. ... whether you are looking for dark fantasy or horror or just something to tickle your funny bone, I recommend you pick up a copy." (read more)
The Green Man Review

"The short stories and poems in Lucy Snyder's debut collection range from dark to very dark to sexy to hopeful, often with a wry twist of humor ... Highly recommended for lovers of the creepy and twisted." (read more)
Sequential Tart

"At times poignant, witty, erotic, thoughtful, chilling and maniacally gleeful, Sparks and Shadows is a delightful collection and book length introduction to an author to watch."
Horror Reader

"Lucy Snyder's Sparks and Shadows is everything you could want in a short story collection. Elegant, beautiful prose, deep emotional writing and powerful stories. Do yourself a favor and grab this one!"
— James A. Moore, author of Serenity Falls

"Lucy Snyder's writings are a sampler of fine candies: alternately dark, textured, and deliciously erotic. With a unique blend of science fiction, horror, commentary, and poetry, she serves up whimsy, angst, and intelligence, while leaving an aftertaste of happiness."
— Matthew Warner, author of Eyes Everywhere

"A mixture of the surreal, the macabre, and mythical ... This story is one you must read, think about, dream about, then perhaps re-read it because it refuses to leave your mind."
— reviewer S. Joan Popek on "Soul Searching", one of the collected stories

Table of Contents

Introduction by Nalo Hopkinson

Poem: "Dime Novel"
"A Preference For Silence"
"Boxlunch" - first time in print!

Poem: "The Monster Between The Sparks"
"Through Thy Bounty"

Poem: "The Fish and the Bicycle"
"Camp Songs: Innocent Fun or Diabolical Brainwashing Plot?"
"Why I Can't Stay Out of My Husband's Pants"
"The Dickification of the American Female"
"Menstruation For Men"

Poem: "Permian Basin Blues"
"Feel The Love" - first time in print!
"Sara and the Telecats"
"... And Her Shadow"
"The Dogs of Summer"

Poem: "The Jarred Heart"
"The Sheets Were Clean and Dry"
"Burning Bright" - first time in print!
"Roses of Gomorrah" - first time in print!

Poem: "Photograph of a Lady, Circa 1890"
"Soul Searching"
"Flesh and Blood"

Poem: "Glowfish"
"The Dolls' Hearts"
"So Lonely as the Grave"
"... Next on Channel 77"
"Darwin's Children"