The seventh tale in Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women is a seamless melding of two cultures. In “Truth is Order and Order is Truth” by Nadia Bulkin she connects Asian myth with New England Americana as ancient meets neo-ancient.
Rich world building is hung across the framework of relationship. Bulkin fills out the atmosphere of this strange land of hybrids by painting with all the senses. The scent of the ocean, the cold winds across sand, textures of gold and finery… all of these things are woven into this tale of two cultures.
The end is solid and satisfying with a trumpet of victory for the oppressed. The duality of the story arc echoes both fictionally as well as having weight in the real world. A story about hybrids, the story itself is a hybrid of speculative lore. There is a subtle call to arms here for those that have endured a stolen birthright, but beyond that is a message of endurance. We will not go quietly into the night. We will become the night.
“Truth is Order and Order is Truth” by Nadia Bulkin is the seventh story in Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women. Nadia Bulkin writes scary stories about the scary world we live in. Thirteen of them can be found in her debut collection, She Said Destroy (Word Horde, 2017) – nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award and a This is Horror Award for best collection. Her short stories have appeared in editions of The Year’s Best Weird Fiction (Kelly & Shearman, ed., 2018, Kelly & Strantzas, ed., 2016), The Year’s Best Horror (Datlow, ed., 2017), and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror (Guran, ed., 2017, 2016, 2015, 2009), and have been nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award four times.
Nadia has a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College and an M.A. in International Affairs from American University. She also writes about and obsesses over nationalism, post-colonialism, and sport – her non-fiction essays have appeared in Tor, The Diplomat, and The Battle Royale Slam Book. She grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, before relocating to Lincoln, Nebraska. She now lives in Washington, D.C.
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