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A.C. Wise

Autor(a) de Wendy, Darling

36+ Works 524 Membros 21 Críticas 2 Favorited

About the Author

Includes the name: Alison Campbell-Wise

Obras por A.C. Wise

Wendy, Darling (2021) 230 exemplares
Hooked (2022) 85 exemplares
The Ghost Sequences (2021) 54 exemplares
Catfish Lullaby (2019) 19 exemplares
Final Girl Theory 2 exemplares
The Dark #037: June 2018 (2018) 2 exemplares

Associated Works

The New Voices of Fantasy (2017) — Contribuidor — 179 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu (2016) — Contribuidor — 158 exemplares
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Four (2012) — Contribuidor — 136 exemplares
The Monstrous (2015) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea (2018) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
Future Lovecraft (2011) — Contribuidor — 111 exemplares
Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories (2019) — Contribuidor — 106 exemplares
Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation (2017) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 1 (2014) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore (2017) — Contribuidor — 96 exemplares
Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales (2013) — Contribuidor — 93 exemplares
Magic City: Recent Spells (2014) — Contribuidor — 92 exemplares
Fungi (2012) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
Bewere the Night (2011) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
Screams From the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous (2022) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
Upgraded (2014) — Contribuidor — 78 exemplares
Children of Lovecraft (2016) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep (2015) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology (2017) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015 Edition (2015) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Ten (2018) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen (2014) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures (2014) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3 (2018) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling (2016) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares
Twice Cursed: An Anthology (2023) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
The Humanity of Monsters (2015) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
The Unicorn Anthology (2017) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk (2015) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Thirteen (2021) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre (2013) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Nightmare Carnival (2014) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
Far Out: Recent Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy (2021) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles (2020) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Tomorrow's Cthulhu: Stories at the Dawn of Posthumanity (2016) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Clockwork Phoenix 5 (2016) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse (2014) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Clockwork Phoenix 4 (2013) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen (2016) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Fourteen (2022) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
The Book of Apex: Volume 4 of Apex Magazine (2013) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Whispers from the Abyss (2013) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories (2013) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Streets of Shadows (1656) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Thirteen: Stories of Transformation (2015) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts (2016) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
The Tales from the Miskatonic University Library (2017) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
In An Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk (2011) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic (2013) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2015) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume Two (2021) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2019 Edition (2019) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Year Five (2013) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 078 (March 2013) (2013) — Contribuidor, algumas edições16 exemplares
Into the Dreamlands (2007) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Whispers From The Abyss 2: The Horrors That Were and Shall Be (2015) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 4: May/June 2015 (2015) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Apex Magazine 121 (January 2021) (2021) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Year Seven (2015) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Sword and Sonnet (2018) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 109 (October 2015) (2015) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Cabinet Des Fees 2 (2007) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Sybil's Garage No. 7 (2010) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 29: July/August 2019 (2019) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
GlitterShip Year One (2017) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction (2015) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 32 • January 2013 (2012) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Wilde Stories 2018: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction (2018) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume Three (2022) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Apex Magazine 108 (May 2018) (2018) — Contribuidor, algumas edições7 exemplares
Tor.com Short Fiction: Spring 2023 — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Jabberwocky 3 (2007) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
The Flesh Made Word: Erotic Tales of Writing (2015) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Shimmer 2015: The Collected Stories (2016) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Wilde Stories 2017: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction (2017) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Shimmer 2014: The Collected Stories (2016) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 146 (November 2018) (2018) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Evil in Technicolor (2020) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Shimmer Number 46, November 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 051 (December 2010) (2010) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Apex Magazine 33 (February 2012) (2012) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Geeky Giving: A SFF Charity Anthology (2016) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
What Lies Beneath: Erotic Horror (2014) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Bourbon Penn 12 (2021) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Like Slipping Under Cover: Erotic Spy Fiction (2014) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Daily Science Fiction: June 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th century
Local de nascimento
Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Locais de residência
Pennsylvania, USA
fiction writer
Unlikely Story (co-editor)

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A. C. Wise grew up in Montreal and now lives in the Philadelphia area.



This is a fantastically varied and haunting collection. With a fair number of long stories, untraditionally formatted stories, and shorter works, there's something here for every lover of ghost stories and horror stories. I normally prefer more traditional works, but even so, some of the more experimental forms here made me fall in love with their stories, which I never would have expected. I think my favorites ended up being "How the Trick is Done," "The Last Sailing of the 'Henry Charles Morgan' in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw', "How to Host a Haunted House Murder Mystery Party," "Exhalation #10," "The Nag Bride," and "The Ghost Sequences"--but in all truth, I really did enjoy this whole collection. A number of the stories here (some mentioned as my favorites) felt like whole worlds, and could easily be novels in themselves if Wise wanted to extend them.

Either way, she created such a complete world in each of these stories, and there was so much variety, I simply fell in love with this book. I look forward to reading more of her work, and would recommend this one to any lover of horror stories or ghost stories.
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whitewavedarling | 2 outras críticas | Jan 1, 2024 |
I accidentally read this series out of order; this book does not suffer from being read before book 1 (Wendy, Darling) but I've not yet read book one, so don't know whether the reverse is true.

There are many inexplicable happenings, and the story carefully steps around explaining many things. One can make assumptions about how the story got from here to there, but there is also the possibility that the author has another book planned in the set. Although, as there is a somewhat happilly ever after epilogue, this might not be the case.

James/Captain Hook is never redeemed in the 'real' world, and I like that. Getting out of Neverland and the malign influence of Peter Pan did not make James a nice person. And he never quite gets out of the trauma responses.

Setting this in London in 1939, and including a character who came back from The Great War very damaged allowed the author to draw some fascinating parallels between war and Neverland, and explore themes of trauma and maladaptive responses. All five of the characters who get significant plot time are dealing with past events that impact negativelyon their present.

This is not a hopeful book, and despite the epilogue, I would say it does not end in a happy way.

content warnings: Drug abuse and Addiction, Death, Violence, Mental illness, War, Body horror, and Ableism
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fred_mouse | Nov 18, 2023 |
I was personally never a fan of Peter Pan. I always found him to be too fickle, spoilt, controlling and sometimes downright abusive to romanticise him or Neverland, so I tend to really enjoy any retelling where Peter Pan is not portrayed as a hero. Wendy, Darling fit right into that category, but at the same time did so much more by giving Wendy a voice and allowing her to tell her story - and this time it is not a bedtime story for children.

Wendy, Darling was beautifully structured, alternating between Wendy's first time in Neverland, her experience of life in London after returning from Neverland, and her return to Neverland to rescue her daughter Jane, whom Peter has kidnapped to become a new mother for the Lost Boys. We also get to see things from Jane's POV, as she tries to make sense of what is happening to her and work out how to survive Neverland and return home. I really liked this structure, and I thought it worked very well to really show all that Wendy endured while slowly peeling off layers of Wendy's memories to reach the truth of Neverland, Peter and the darkness lurking within.

This book takes some really dark turns, and I think after reading this no one will be able to look at Peter Pan or the Lost Boys in quite the same way again. Together with Wendy, we readers are brought to questioning everything we thought was true. But what is real and what is fantasy?

Wendy was a fantastic character. She is a survivor, having experienced suffering and abuse for years following her return from Neverland. Unlike her brothers, Wendy has not forgotten their time in Neverland, but she is disbelieved by everyone until she is finally committed to an asylum where treatments are brutal and dehumanising. The chapters recounting Wendy's time in the asylum were particularly harrowing, especially because of all the bullying and abuse she suffered at the hands of the staff so maybe be cautious in approaching this if that might be triggering for you. Knowing her pain gives so much more weight to Wendy's decision to go back to Neverland as a grown woman to save her daughter and is a testament to her strength.

Even though Wendy, as the main character, carried the show, all the characters felt really well developed, including the minor ones. I am all about the characters, and these ones really delivered! From Wendy's brothers to the Lost Boys, and from old Neverland friends to her new family, everyone has something to offer and I was totally here for it! Peter is of course a key character in this, and I really liked the author's take on him.

There were times when I got a bit frustrated as things seemed to be moving too slowly, but it somehow didn't feel as though there was an issue with pacing. The slower passages felt very deliberate, and especially in certain sections I could feel the characters' frustration, which I think was the point? The book takes its time, building a picture of all the characters bit by bit until we think we can see the whole of them... but can anyone ever do that?

Overall, Wendy, Darling is a wonderfully dark retelling that takes on a life of its own, almost independently from the original story, to explore very real and modern issues around misogyny, mental health, trauma and survivorship, family and many, many more.

I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book in any way.
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bookforthought | 8 outras críticas | Nov 7, 2023 |
Originally posted on Just Geeking by.

The Ghost Sequences is A.C. Wise’s collection of short stories. Most of these have been published somewhere previously, such as magazines or anthologies (there is a complete list at the end of the book), but they all have one thing in common; they’re all based on the theme of “ghost”. When I went into this book I was expecting a certain type of collection, namely hauntings because after all that is what a ghost story is, right? By the time you’ve finished The Ghost Sequences you’ll realise like me that there is so much more to that theme, to the word ghost that we already know, yet we don’t really consider.

Wise has considered it, at great length and the title of this short story collection, “The Ghost Sequences” is perfect. If I was reviewing this book simply based on literally and creative licence I would give this a five-star rating, however, I’m not reviewing it in a critical or academic way. I’m reading it as a reader, and from that perspective I felt that some of the stories missed their mark for me personally. On the one hand, I loved the ways Wise was experimenting with writing, on the other I just didn’t connect with it as a reader.

For example, ‘The Last Sailing of the “Henry Charles Morgan” in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw (1841)’ is a story told through museum pieces that have been curated. As the daughter and granddaughter of two men who loved nautical history, this brought back a lot of great memories of walking through nautical museums with them. Likewise, as an Art History, and Information and Library graduate, I appreciated the way Wise chose to use history and information to tell her story. However, something fell flat in the actual story telling. A for effort and imagination, but in execution there was just something missing.

In comparison, a later story in The Ghost Sequences, ‘How to Host a Haunted House Murder Mystery Party‘ is another unconventional piece by Wise and hit the spot perfectly for me. The thing about short story collections and anthologies is that not everything will resonate with every reader, and that’s ok. There are some fantastic stories in here, and the way that Wise draws out the true meaning of what “ghost” means, of what being “haunted” means, will keep you thinking for a long time. The Ghost Sequences is a lot like the cover of this book; you won’t look at it the same way once you’ve seen it.

For more of my reviews please visit my blog!
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justgeekingby | 2 outras críticas | Jun 6, 2023 |



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