Friday, August 15, 2014

Short Story Fridays: The Poison Eaters

Collection: The Poison Eaters
Author: Holly Black

Story: The Coldest Girl in Cold Town


Pick your poison: Vampires, devils, werewolves, faeries, or . . . ? Find them all here in Holly Black’s amazing first collection.

In her debut collection, New York Times best-selling author Holly Black returns to the world of Tithe in two darkly exquisite new tales. Then Black takes readers on a tour of a faerie market and introduces a girl poisonous to the touch and another who challenges the devil to a competitive eating match. Some of these stories have been published in anthologies such as 21 Proms, The Faery Reel, and The Restless Dead, and many have been reprinted in many “Best of ” anthologies.

The Poison Eaters is Holly Black’s much-anticipated first collection, and her ability to stare into the void—and to find humanity and humor there—will speak to young adult and adult readers alike.


When I read this story, I didn't know much about the collection or Holly Black's other book, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I still don't know too much about it, but the short story by the same name gave me a glimpse of what to expect - and I LIKED it. 

From what I could understand, the short story is a side story from the main one described in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. The world portrayed in the story is very different than ours. In this world, vampires are no longer a myth, but pure reality. People either run away or towards the now-dead that want to either murder or turn them. 

Matilda is the protagonist of the story. She's looking for her boyfriend whom she lost track of since leaving home. Why did Matilda leave home? Well - this blog is no spoilers folks. 

This story was well-written and got me excited for (1) the rest of the stories and (2) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I've enjoyed Black's writing since Tithe and Ironside and I feel that her writing just gets better and better each time I read it. 

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