"Victoire seamlessly literalises the feeling of not being oneself, or of not being the self that others believe one is or should be, that often haunts people struggling with their sexuality. Her interest in liberation—physical, mental, emotional—is rooted in a belief in the power of transforming magic."
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The Other World, It Whispers
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"The Other World, It Whispers is one of my favourite books of the year. In just 164 pages Stephanie Victoire has cemented her reputation as an incredible author who has not only written nine short stories, but has created nine amazing and detailed worlds, all of which I wanted to spend more time in, which, for me, is exactly how a short story should be. I also just want to point out that the cover of this book is gorgeous and my favourite book cover of the year."
—The Stuart Review
"...it is not easy to write a good fairy tale. You have to be able to breathe a kind of numinous significance into a place or a thing or a moment in time, to invest them with some kind of indefinable meaning that you feel like a breath on the back of your neck. And Stephanie Victoire is very good at this. She’s an economical writer, building up her effects quickly and with conviction. She knows how to get the reader to swallow a huge fiction by getting it over in the first paragraph, how to cast a spell over the reader by summoning up an atmosphere that feels strange and off-kilter, and how to tuck a lifetime of stories into the structure of one short story.’
—Museum of Marco Polo
"A hungry, glorious, fox-slinking book. This collection of new fairytales soothes you with its charm and elegance – until you find that it has you in its grip, and its teeth are sharp."