Pain. Pleasure. The sensation of touch...we feel everything through our skin, that delicate membrane separating “I” from “other,” protecting the very essence of self.Until it breaks. Or changes. Or burns.What would you do if you were the one called on to save humanity, and the price you had to... show more
Pain. Pleasure. The sensation of touch...we feel everything through our skin, that delicate membrane separating “I” from “other,” protecting the very essence of self.Until it breaks. Or changes. Or burns.What would you do if you were the one called on to save humanity, and the price you had to pay was becoming something other than human? Or if healing your body meant losing the only person you’ve ever loved?Wander through worlds where a woman craves even a poisonous touch...a man’s deformities become a society’s fashion...genetic regeneration keeps the fires of Hell away...and painted lovers risk everything to break the boundaries of their caste system down.Separate your mind from your flesh and come in. Welcome...Table of Contents“For the Plague Thereof Was Exceeding Great”“Big Sister/Little Sister”“Immortal Sin”“Flood”“The Call”“Captive Girl”“Last Bus”“The Last Stand of the Elephant Man”“Songs of Lament”“Firebird”“Brushstrokes”“Pelland handles difficult topics with assured storytelling chops, bringing us to the brink of tears, fear, desire, and beyond. Worth your time AND money AND sincere attention.”—Steven Gould, author of Jumper“Her already-glowing reputation may still be just a hint of promising light on the horizon of those who like their fantastic fiction smart, imaginative, and driven by the mysteries of the human spirit, but each new story as brilliant as ‘Brushstrokes’ and ‘The Last Stand of the Elephant Man’ brings her inevitable future even closer. Trust me on this: Jennifer Pelland’s star has only just begun to rise.”—Adam-Troy Castro, author of Emissaries From the Dead“Jennifer Pelland is
Publish date: February 29th 2008
Publisher: Apex Publications
Pages no: 247
Edition language: English
Pelland's stories are as creepy as Richard C. Matheson and as original as China Mieville. I ordered a copy of this book as soon as I finished it.
I love the unifying thread of this anthology which is summed up beautifully in the title: Unwelcome Bodies. Bodies that are changed or uncomfortable or deformed or manipulated; each story concerns itself with the body and self in a speculative environment. I am fascinated and captivated by each and ...
Unwelcome Bodies is a collection of, well, frankly, utterly unnerving tales. It’s rare for me to review SFF and rare for me to review short stories, so a combination of both is practically unhead of. However, Jennifer Pelland’s collection looked to be full of intriguing ideas and I wanted to try s...
Jennifer Pelland's first short story anthology Unwelcome Bodies from Apex Publishing contains only eleven stories, but they are all winners and would be considered among the highlights of any anthology they're a part of. Jennifer's style is at once both intimate and removed, she focuses on her main ...
Excellent first anthology of dark science fiction from writer Jennifer Pelland. Her stories mostly are a twisted punch in the gut that explore the darker side of human nature. Among the best of the lot are her Nebula-nominated story The Captive Girl, The Last Stand of the Elephant Man and Brushstrok...