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Fiction Dark Fantasy

Little Digs

by (author) Lisa L. Hannett

Initial publish date
Apr 2020
Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
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With a twang in its heart and a song for luck on its tongue, Little Digs takes readers back to the lonesome dream counties introduced in the World Fantasy Award-nominated collection, Bluegrass Symphony.


Trailer parks and graves are only temporary homes for souls in these tales, where gods dwell in churches and parking lot groves. Friday night football stars mingle with sirens; hunters? wives help their kids not to shoot, but to fly; Chanticleers spar their way into local government; and rash-afflicted men take dryads for lovers. In backwater towns, some witches have the know-how to pin pageant queens pretty, while others relieve girls of highfalutin aspirations. Local crow-boys and bloodthirsty Ursines are the best miners around.


In these thirteen stories, forests are imbued with the deepest, saddest strains of country music, cornfield horizons stretch as long as a lone fiddle's wail, and distant hills make mandolin promises: sweet and catchy and short-lived.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Lisa L. Hannett has had over 70 short stories appear in venues including Clarkesworld, Fantasy, Weird Tales, Apex, The Dark and Year's Best anthologies in Australia, Canada and the US. She has won four Aurealis Awards, including Best Collection for her first book, Bluegrass Symphony, which was also nominated for a World Fantasy Award. Her first novel, Lament for the Afterlife, was published in 2015. A new collection of short stories, Little Digs, is coming out in April 2020. You can find her online at and on Twitter @LisaLHannett.

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