Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic

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A Year in Reading: Samantha Hunt


I spent 2018 reading ghost stories, finding it easier to deal with the land of the dead than the land of living. A few favorites: Amparo Dávila’s “The Guest” from the excellent Small Beer Press anthology Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Stories of the Fantastic, Mariana Enríquez’s “Adela’s House” from Things We Lost in the Fire, and Shelley Jackson’s truly astonishing new novel from Catapult, Riddance: Or: The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children. Riddance does the impossible, communicating in written language those mysteries and wonders so deep and unknown they are utterly unutterable.

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