Unsafe Words

Coming in September from Automatism Press!

“If you’re already familiar with Loren’s work, you know that you’re in for an evocative, rich mélange. If you’re just now discovering her…prepare yourself and dig in. Leave your preconceptions and expectations right here, and step boldly into Loren’s incredible, beautiful world. Just don’t be surprised if your own world looks a little different when you get back.”—Lisa Morton, in her introduction

In the first full-length collection of her edgy, award-winning short stories, Loren Rhoads punctures the boundaries between horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction in a maelstrom of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll.

Is art a scalpel for vivisecting the world? Can you ever really come home again? How do you feel when you’ve received justice? Exactly just how far would you go for love? Once you’ve done the most unforgivable thing, what will you do next?

Ghosts, succubi, naiads, vampires, the Wild Hunt, and the worst predator in the woods stalk these pages, alongside human monsters who follow their cravings past sanity or sense.

“Loren Rhoads’s work is at once arresting, haunting, unsettling, and gorgeous. Her stories are all the darker for being deeply human and more profoundly human in their darkness.”—Thomas S. Roche, author of Dark Matter

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