Sometimes We're Cruel and Other Stories
The Debut Collection from J.A.W. McCarthy
Coming August 17, 2021
from Cemetery Gates Media
A town where people go missing and inexplicably return as cruel versions of themselves.
A not-quite-human mother races against time to build a new body for her ailing daughter.
Lovesick ghosts inhabit the body parts of living people in a world where the only other choice is amputation.
A woman takes extreme measures to combat the repercussions of a childhood hazing ritual gone wrong.
Obsession. Selfishness. Cruelty. Doppelgängers. In these dark, speculative stories—six reprints and six never before published, including the novelette “Girls Tied to Trees”—J.A.W. McCarthy explores how far humans and the not-quite-human will go to tame the darkness in their world and within themselves.
Table of Contents
Sometimes We're Cruel
You Do What You're Told
With You As My Anchor
Those Who Made Us
The Flame That Takes
You Are The Arm
Exactly As We Are Meant To Be
When Your Ghost Comes In
Something All The Little Girls Want
Girls Tied To Trees