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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Reader's Diary #2101- Neil Christopher (compiler): Taaqtumi

Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories may be one of my all-time favourite titles. An Inuktitut word that translates in English as "in the dark" it can also be sounded out in English to "talk to me". If this isn't a perfect title for a collection of Northern horror stories I don't know what is.

Thankfully it isn't just the title that's stellar, the writing inside is great as well. Authors include Aviaq Johnston, Ann R. Loverock, Richard Van Camp, Thomas Anguti Johnston, Sean Qitsualik Tinsley, Rachel Qitsualik Tinsley, Gayle Kabloona, K.C. Carthew, Jay Bulckaert, and Repo Kempt. Like all short story collections from diverse writers, you'll likely gravitate towards some more than others but I'd say I enjoyed all of these. I did perhaps have more difficult a time with the very complex sci-fi world building of a story called "Lounge" but I'm sure a second read would help.

I especially liked the various approaches to horror, from the supernatural to very plausible, from the more traditional to the futuristic fantasy.

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