Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths: and other tales of dark fantasy by Harry Connolly

Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths: And Other Tales Of Dark Fantasy

I picked up Harry Connolly's Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths for his new Twenty Palaces story, and found myself thrilled with his collection of modern fairy tales.

I was looking for a new Twenty Palaces installment, and saw this collection of short stories. The titular story, Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths, is fantastic. Eli, a super-natural practitioner in late 1800s Washington, is kidnapped somewhere outside of Seattle. Forced to solve a magical mystery or die trying, three demonic farm girls give him one hell of a bad time.

Connolly writes tales of magic and mystery in more modern times incredibly well. His work reminds me a lot of Tim Powers or Neil Gaiman. I highly recommend this collection.

Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths: And Other Tales Of Dark Fantasy

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  1. I thought he'd given up on Twenty Palaces because it wasn't selling. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Well, his publisher gave up on it, but this is self-published. So was the Twenty Palaces prequel, which is just called Twenty Palaces. (I just finished the prequel and recommend it. It DOES show a little bit of the roughness of self-publishing -- the occasional typo or pronoun flub -- but it also shows the skill and confidence of a guy who's already got several published books under his belt.)

    Always happy to hear about more Twenty Palaces (and more Connolly in general); I'll definitely be checking it out.

    I'm not sure if the Amazon version is DRM-free or not, but the Smashwords version should be. (And here's a Smashwords link for Twenty Palaces, too, not for nothin'.)

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