Jim Ruland reviews Black Candies for CityBeat

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We are so happy to see Jim Ruland, who we consider a gifted, insightful, and tough critic and friend, review Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable for San Diego CityBeat this week!

He describes the work as “disturbing,” points out that some stories “make the grotesque more palatable with a dash of humor,” and some are “epically gorgeous.”

Gross and Unlikeable is our women-only collection of dark fiction and art. Jim writes, quoting guest editor Natanya Ann Pulley:

For this edition, Black Candies turned to guest editor Natanya Ann Pulley who writes in the foreword, “I believe writing stories (like all art) is a political act. Whose story we tell, whose we share, and how we expect them to be handed to us is an engagement with truths… This collection doesn’t just give women a space to tell vile stories, it grapples with notions of story and reality handed to women through things dark and dangerous.”

We are proud to have created a space for women’s voices in horror and dark literature. Read the full review here. And get your own copy of Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable today: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997949902/ And! Join us at the release party, next Thursday, 12/8 at 8 PM at Whistle Stop Bar.

Thank you so much, Jim, and San Diego CityBeat, for the fantastic review, and thank you for reading and continuing to champion literature and the arts in San Diego and all over the place.


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