No One Will Come Back for Us and Other Stories

Undertow. May 2023. 290p. ISBN 9781988964423. pap. $17.99. HORROR
Mohamed’s (The Void Ascendant) 17 stories span the entirety of today’s dark speculative landscape and present a vision of its emerging future. Many are set in the author’s “real gods” universe, exploring the well-trodden cosmic concepts of hopelessness and fear with a fresh vision. They often incorporate parent-child relationships, such as the Pushcart Prize–nominated story “Willing,” which features a farmer and his beloved younger daughter who is summoned by the gods to be sacrificed. There’s also the eco-horror tinged “The Evaluator,” presenting a possessed child in a landscape where the old gods have been destroyed by pollution. No matter the plot or setting, however, each story is marked by a strong narrative voice, confident worldbuilding, and an unease that seeps into every corner, leaving readers unsettled but also looking at their world from a new perspective.
VERDICT Will be enjoyed by fans of Cassandra Khaw and Lucy Snyder, but more importantly, it’s another stellar collection from Undertow, making the independent publisher a not-to-miss player in the horror marketplace.
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