A Cat-Eater From China

I knew a cat-eater from China, we both enjoyed dishes of meat. A painful affair it made, Filled with gory nights of wicked sounds, drilling hard, through, my head. Shattering firm bones, as she tore flesh, bleeding prey bound and struggling, till it spluttered and went limp, staining my dwelling with precious life essences. She, life-taker, damned evil vampire, filled with murder, desire, an ill of mine unseen. How wretched am I to all? Having admired her slender blood-stained figure, consuming a beast raw and squirming, Vitae dripping from rosy cheeks. What am I doing? Pursuing this Thing, that’s killing, me. I swear she will leave me tomorrow, with all the meat and marrow. I won’t be missi

Book Review: Ash by Malinda Lo

Ash is a retelling of Cinderella, in which the titular protagonist is forced to work as a servant for her stepfamily after the deaths of her parents. After meeting a mysterious fairy named Sidhean, she longs for the fairies to steal her away from her miserable life, but this leaves her vulnerable to their dangerous temptations. Cinderella is a popular fairy tale for adaptations and retellings. Some elements of Ash, such as one stepsister being a sympathetic character to add nuance and a greatly altered role for the fairy godmother, are common among recent works based on Cinderella. Other aspects are refreshing and make Ash special, such as the influence of Ash’s mother in her life, the portr

We acknowledge the past, present and emerging traditional owners of the land on which we live and work, the Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

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