Lavender Speculation

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Come along into the forest and bear your heart's hidden desire.

Sit in the doctor's chair and trust that the procedure will cure what ails you.

Look your demons in the eye and challenge them to fight.

Enter if you're daring and feel these tales raise goosebumps along your arms as they take you from modern New Jersey to fairytale lands and back again. From witches to werecats and spirits to surgeries, this collection puts queer women front and center in some of the most popular subgenres of speculative fiction. Horror, dark fantasy, and magical realism coalesce in this stunning collection of all things dark and divergent.



"From fairy tales to demons, historic settings to present day, Lavender Speculation takes readers through a memorable and prismatic journey. Jamie Zaccaria's collection offers up short stories, flash fiction, and other bite-sized poetic musings that highlight the struggles of queer characters particularly, but also feature the universal challenges that stem from trying to find one's true self and live freely. Forbidden love, difficult familial dynamics, and visceral heartbreak paint the pages within, coalescing into an exciting debut full of fantastical darkness." -Sara Tantlinger, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Devil's Dreamland


"The future of horror is queer, and Jamie Zaccaria is leading the way." - Bryan Michael Ellis, author of Still He Kills


"Lavender Speculation offers readers a hauntingly beautiful collection of short stories that traverse fear, yearning, and psychological intrigue. Truly a thrill-seeker's delight!" - Kara Badalamenti, author of the Cursed Coven series


"A collection of clever, cruel fairytales-both modern and timeless-from a promising new voice." - Nadia Bulkin, author of She Said Destroy



Publisher: Wildling Press
Pub date: October 17, 2023
168 pages
Format: Paperback