Cold Wind • 2014 • Fantasy short story by Nicola Griffith

★★★★

Meta: isfdb. This fantasy short story appeared 2014 @ Tor.com. It was re-published in The Best SF&F of the Year 2015.

Synopsis: In a Seattle lesbian bar the main protagonist is picked up one midwinter night by an ancient shapeshifter. The story explores the lust of predator vs. prey, lover vs. victim.

Review:  Striking, intense narrative, crisp characters, great tension arc, beautiful nature scenery. The atmosphere reminds me a good bit of Poe.  I haven’t read Nicola Griffith’s anthology. I’m missing the illustrations around it – but it is great that it is reposted @the author’s blog – Beware: read the story first, because there are a couple of spoiler-drawings.

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