Hair Side, Flesh Side

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A child receives the body of Saint Lucia of Syracuse for her seventh birthday. A rebelling angel rewrites the Book of Judgement to protect the woman he loves. A young woman discovers the lost manuscript of Jane Austen written on the inside of her skin. A 747 populated by a dying pantheon makes the extraordinary journey to the beginning of the universe. Lyrical and tender, quirky and cutting, Helen Marshall’s exceptional debut collection weaves the fantastic and the horrific alongside the touchingly human in fifteen modern parables about history, memory, and cost of creating art.

Reviews of Hair Side, Flesh Side:

Helen Marshall is a writer who creates real people in real situations, then uses the fantastic to pry her way inside her readers’ ribcages and break us wide open.
—Neil Gaiman
Hair Side, Flesh Side is a strong first collection of speculative fiction borne out of faded manuscripts, old libraries and the memories of the past. However, it’s how Marshall sees us reconcile these ghosts with the world of the living that give her stories the weight of immediacy. She is a talent to be discovered, and one hopes that she will continue to balance her medieval research with her prose. There are, no doubt, many more old bones to dig up.
A tour de force of imagination, this remarkable debut collection uses the conventions of dark fantasy and horror as the framework for some of speculative fiction's most unusual stories.
—Library Journal (starred review)
Strangely touching, disturbing and weird as hell, Marshall proves herself a potent new talent.
—Rue Morgue Magazine
 . . . I’m very happy to say that Helen Marshall’s stories are among the most horrifying and gorgeously vivid I’ve read in quite some time. Amidst moments of body horror and hauntings galore, miracles and expressions of joy are liberally sprinkled, offering moments that lingered in my thoughts well after I’d finished the story.
Horror fans should enjoy Marshall’s darkly obsessive tone, and aficionados of canonical literature will appreciate her references . . . .
Sometimes you hear people talking about the new face of horror. Well huddle closer, children. Hair Side, Flesh Side is it. This is author Helen Marshall’s debut story collection, but she’s no stranger to these shores . . . . Marshall’s stories are frightening, touching, quirky, sexy and deeply lyrical.
Marshall does a fascinating job of deconstructing the age-old themes relating to love, sex, and death. Her stories of love encompass family love . . . romantic love . . . and love of a people . . . . All in all, Marshall's collection is an incredible fantastic journey for the erudite reader who is not afraid of a little quirk or horrific twist.
Sometimes a book comes along that is so original, so vibrantly alive, so beautifully imagined and so much a law unto itself that the only comment or advice a reviewer can offer is to say: go read it. Hair Side, Flesh Side is one such book, and having experienced it I am left with a genuine sense of excitement, thinking about where Helen Marshall might take us next.
It is rare to find a book that is lyrical, sweet, powerful, and horrifying (in a good way) all at once. Hair Side, Flesh Side by Helen Marshall accomplishes this with apparent ease.
Masterful horror. In Marshall's dark landscapes, the metaphors are feral and they'll turn on you in a heartbeat.
—Mike Carey, author of The Unwritten and The Steel Seraglio
Hair Side, Flesh Side is a quirky, kinky treat. We haven’t had a writer like this for whilesecure and erudite and sexy. I hope this book influences because we need more.
—Tony Burgess, author of Pontypool Changes Everything and People Live Still in Cashtown Corners?
[T]here has never been a Jane Austen story quite like Helen Marshall’s “Sanditon”
—That Shakespeare Rag
 . . . the ideas and scenarios are intensely vivid and inventive.
The stories in Helen Marshall's Hair Side, Flesh Side occur in the interstices of our most fundamental relations. Brothers and sisters, parents and children, lovers find the space between them grown strange, shifting, as the familiar becomes the site and the source of startling transformation. Elegant, unsettling, these stories leave the reader no less changed than their characters. Highly recommended work.
—John Langan, author of Technicolor and Other Revelations
Helen Marshall writes assured, accomplished prose that is as chilling as it is beautiful, and the stories she tells are as daring as they are unexpected. This superb first collection is set to make waves.
—Tim Lebbon, author of Echo City and The Thief of Broken Toys
. . . Marshall is simply extraordinary.

eShorts

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This Feeling of Flying by Helen Marshall

A 747 populated by a dying pantheon makes the extraordinary journey to the beginning of the universe. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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Eternal Things by Helen Marshall

A graduate student studying abroad at the University of Oxford encounters the ghost of Geoffrey Chaucer after a one-night stand with her rival. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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Dead White Men by Helen Marshall

Celia was that girl, every bar has one, the strange girl, the beautiful girl, the untouchably perfect girl. When Ernie learns her secret--that she can invest her lovers with the spirits of dead authors--he must choose between true love and literary genius. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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The Art of Dying by Helen Marshall

When Mandy Johnson first glimpses a premonition of her body crushed on the tracks of a Toronto subway, fearful of her own mortality, she abdicates responsibility of her life to a tiny piece of Death. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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The Book of Judgement by Helen Marshall

The life of Jane Austen takes a parallel course when a rebelling angel rewrites the Book of Judgment. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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Holding Pattern by Helen Marshall

A plague spreads around the world turning people into the pieces of art they cannot but help imitate. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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In the High Places of the World by Helen Marshall

The intertwined lives of a child seeking release from the world and a writer haunted by the death of his lover converge in the city of Brasilia. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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Lines of Affection by Helen Marshall

Marissa must come to grips with the dangerously seductive stranger her estranged parents invite into her home. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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The Mouth, Open by Helen Marshall

A journey to Croatia to visit his sister's new in-laws fills Jonah with a terrible hunger that threatens to consume all he knows and loves. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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Pieces of Broken Things by Helen Marshall

A divorced husband finds love in an unexpected place after his wife replaces her heart with a tiny clock. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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No Ghosts in London by Helen Marshall

Gwendolyn, once the caretaker of the ancient estate of Hardwick Hall which she abandoned to travel to London and find a new life, is called back to complete one final duty. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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The Old and the New by Helen Marshall

What begins as a tourist vacation for Rebecca and John becomes something darker when John finds the body of his missing wife buried amongst the bones of the catacombs beneath Paris. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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A Texture Like Velvet by Helen Marshall

When a young academic confronts the mass genocide underwriting her own intellectual inheritance, she comes to question the value of knowledge at the expense of human life. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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Sanditon by Helen Marshall

Caught in a love affair with a famous author, a young woman discovers a lost manuscript of Jane Austen written on the inside of her body. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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Blessed by Helen Marshall

Chloe's life is inalterably changed when she receives the body of Saint Lucia of Syracuse from her father for her seventh birthday. From Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, this short story is one of a set of fifteen quirky and cutting parables about history, memory, and the cost of creating art.

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Author Info

Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall is an author, editor, and self-proclaimed bibliophile. As a Ph. D candidate at the University of Toronto’s prestigious Centre for Medieval Studies, she has presented widely in England, Canada and the United States on topics ranging from the width of medieval punctuation to fourteenth-century romances.

In 2011, she published a collection of poetry, Skeleton Leaves, that “[took] the children’s classic, [stripped] away the flesh, and [revealed] the dark heart of Peter Pan beating beneath.” The collection was jury-selected for the Preliminary Ballot of the Bram Stoker Award for excellence in Horror, nominated for a Rhysling Award for Science Fiction Poetry and won the Aurora Award for best Canadian speculative poem.

Recently she released Hair Side, Flesh Side, a short story collection about history, memory, and cost of creating art.

Her poetry and fiction have been published a range of magazines including Tor.com, The Chiaroscuro, Paper Crow, Abyss & Apex, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.

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