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Imperfect Commentaries: Stories by Ruthanna Emrys
Lethe Press

Imperfect Commentaries: Stories by Ruthanna Emrys

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Sympathy with the sea, with the weird, and with monsters fills the stories of Imperfect Commentaries. Ruthanna Emrys's collection offers readers feminist and #ownvoices Neo-Lovecraftian fiction, anthropological science fiction, and fantasies of belonging, plus miscellaneous deleted scenes, poems, and secret story origins. Readers familiar with her novels (Winter Tide and Deep Roots) will see the first appearance of Aphra Marsh, an Innsmouth survivor, still recovering from her losses and making a life for herself in late-1940s San Francisco in "The Litany of Earth."

Ruthanna Emrys lives in a mysterious manor house on the outskirts of Washington, DC with her wife and their large, strange family. Her stories have appeared in a number of venues, including Strange HorizonsAnalog, and Tor.com. She is the author of the Innsmouth Legacy series, which began with Winter Tide. She makes home-made vanilla, obsesses about game design, gives unsolicited advice, and occasionally attempts to save the world.

Table of Contents:

"Welcome, and Introductions"

"Seven Commentaries on an Imperfect Land"

Interlude: Sharing the Moon

"Correspondence"

Interlude: Evening Prayer

"The Deepest Rift"

Interlude: At the Haiku Earring Party

"Exposure Therapy"

Interlude: The Serpent Explains the Nature of Tricksters to Her Wife

The Litany of Earth

Interlude: An Innsmouth Feast

Interlude: The Return

The Taste of Prayer, the Smell of Snow

Interlude: I’ll Title This Sestina After I Put the Baby to Bed

"The Jester’s Child"

Interlude: Lullaby

"Brief Candle"

Interlude: Elizabeth’s Tale

"Ghosts and Simulations"

Interlude: Flume Vale

"The Two-Body Problem"

Interlude: Gelett Burgess Shale

"Those Who Watch"

Interlude: Pantheon

"The Word of Flesh and Soul"