The eleventh story in Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women is “Fury” by Christina Sng. One of the longer stories in the anthology, this is an exciting run-for-your-life adventure through danger from every angle that hits uncomfortably close to home.
The lead protagonist is Kate and she’s no stranger to challenges. A proud veteran of war at just 18, she is also the only girl in the Sundaland Forces. The threat plays out like a 2020 conspiracy theory as a virus ravages the world. Action packed prose keeps the reader turning pages as they rush to the end. Reading this in the middle of a real life virus pandemic added an uncomfortable realism to the tale.
The story rushes forward at the pace of a thriller, whipping through high stakes scenarios with an interesting cast of characters. Sng creates a world apart from ours with disturbing similarities, especially given current events. An exciting read, in the end we have to ask ourselves how much we are willing to pay for utopia?
“Fury” by Christina Sng is the eleventh tale in Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women. Christina Sng is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Collection of Nightmares, Elgin Award runner-up Astropoetry, and A Collection of Dreamscapes. Her poetry, fiction, and art appear in numerous venues worldwide and her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Rhysling Awards, the Dwarf Stars, the Elgin Awards, as well as received honorable mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and the Best Horror of the Year. Christina’s first novelette Fury was published this year in Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women and her next book of poems The Gravity of Existence is forthcoming in 2022.
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2 thoughts on “From Black Cranes: Fury”
I m incredibly thankful to editors Geneve Flynn and Lee Murray for inviting a newcomer like me to contribute to this anthology. I m so glad that your convention-hall chat morphed into this darkly delicious project, and I m grateful for all the hard work you put in behind the scenes to craft.
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