Sleeps With Monsters: Strange Differences and Unusual Similarities

I’m all about the books. This week, I have even more books to tell you about. (Let me know if you ever get bored with hearing about the books.)

Let me tell you about Molly Tanzer’s riff on Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray, in her extraordinary, peculiar, odd and compelling Creatures of Will and Temper; and about some stories by M.C.A. Hogarth set in her strange and inventive “Pelted” universe science fiction—a series of stories starring a woman called Alysha Forrest.

Creatures of Will and Temper starts slow and measured. It’s the end of the 19th century. Sisters Evadne and Dorina Gray—Evadne awkward, worried about social conventions, only passionate about fencing; ten years older than Dorina, young, unconventional, interested in everything to do with art and beauty and seducing other women—visit their uncle Basil in London. Basil’s a famous painter, and Dorina ...