By Ephiny Gale
An otherworldly banquet of contemporary fantasy, dark fairy tales and soft science fiction, Next Curious Thing collects some of Gale's best short fiction from 2013 to 2018, including 'In the Beginning, All Our Hands Are Cold' (Syntax & Salt Editor's Award winner) and 'Wrecked' (Tangent Online Recommended Reading List). In addition to its previously published stories, Next Curious Thing features six brand new tales original to this collection.
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Published Feb 23, 2020 · 2,641 words (10 minutes) · 200 views
Vivian and her community have built a makeshift life for themselves since the shipwreck. Still, it's the tiny inconsistencies that wear at her. Why can't she remember the origin of her own damn lip scar?
Published Nov 30, 2019 · 4,298 words (16 minutes) · 314 views
A cross between 'The Girl Without Hands' and 'Hansel and Gretel', from the witch's perspective.
Published Sep 7, 2019 · 4,942 words (18 minutes) · 7 likes · 907 views
In a dystopian prison, eight women known only by the small comforts they most miss from home (Chocolate, Music, Flowers, Cigarettes, Hot Chips, Internet, Guns, and Privacy) compete for their freedom in a series of cryptic challenges.
Author and playwright Ephiny Gale lives in Melbourne, Australia, and has published more than two dozen short stories and novelettes in Aurealis, Daily Science Fiction, Syntax & Salt, and many more.