Singing My Sister Down

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"Singing My Sister Down"
AuthorMargo Lanagan
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
Genre(s)Fantasy Short story
Published inBlack Juice
Publication typeShort story collection
PublisherAllen & Unwin
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Publication date2004

"Singing My Sister Down" is a 2004 fantasy short story by Australian writer Margo Lanagan.

Background[edit]

"Singing My Sister Down" was first published in 2004 in the author's first collection of short stories, Black Juice and published by Allen & Unwin.[1] The story was later published in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection[2] edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin J. Grant; The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy (Volume 1)[3] edited by Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt; and The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories[4] edited by Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer.

Synopsis[edit]

"In Margo Lanagan’s “Singing My Sister Down”, a young boy watches as his sister Ikky is publicly executed, not by lethal injection or firing squad, but by slow submersion in a tar pit. Ikky’s crime is never explicitly discussed, although it is inferred that she killed her husband with an axe (which calls to mind Lizzie Borden, the supposed female murderer who has become a part of American folklore and the public imagination at large). An intimate moment with family becomes a public event, as Ikky sinks further into the deeps, and a young woman accused of murder becomes fodder for the eagerly watching crowds."[5]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bibliography: Singing my Sister Down". ISFDB. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  2. ^ "Bibliography: The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection". ISFDB. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  3. ^ "Bibliography: The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy (Volume 1)". ISFDB. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  4. ^ "Bibliography: The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories". ISFDB. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  5. ^ "Weird Writers #30 — Margo Lanagan". Weird Fiction Review. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  6. ^ International Horror Guild – IHG Award Recipients