Dream Caused by The Flight of a Bumble Bee Around a
Pomegranate One Second Before Waking Up by Salvador Dalí
… It’s a fascinating story … I kept thinking about it when I was trying to read the other stories in the pile.
Hannah Wolf Bowen, one of 3 judges for the 11th Chi Story Contest
… an astonishing read ... I think I shall never look at bees--or Sleeping Beauty--in quite the same way again!
Award-winning author Jane Yolen
… hard to define, hard to discuss, and hard to completely contemplate. No review could possibly do this story justice. It is slipstream boardering on unadulterated surrealism. Parts of it read like an encyclopedia, others read like an actual story, and others like a science or math lesson. It has aliens, poetry, and relies heavily on the Sleeping Beauty achetype, as well as pomegranates and honey as repeating motifs. Firmly reminiscent of the Kelly Link school of writing, yet Wilson manages to do something in that tradition all on his own.
It also had some feminist elements thrown into the mix, which are depicted with originality via the imagery: “As the drone ejaculates into the queen, his genitals are ripped from him, rupturing his abdomen. His male organ left dangling from the queen’s vulva, the male plummets to the earth and dies.” Too bad many of the themes get slightly buried under the style, however it gets major brownie points for that particular style. I hope this one gets nominated for the Tiptree award.
Eric Joel Bresin – TANGENT short fiction review
… a story that should be read in a time and place where you won't be interrupted. It consists of a blend of fact and folklore, poetry and story. It consists of segments labeled with nonfictional headers that sometimes repeat themselves while continuing to expand the story's bizarre landscape. It is a story of a bewitched child, blessed, but taken away in her youth. Taken away and taken away again. It is a story about bees and honey, myth and homemade remedies, tigers and castles. It has princes and angels and aliens. It's not a typical narrative and it is not light reading. A surrealistic fairy tale without a happily ever after, unless the happy is for the survival and growth of something we, as humans, are not.
Pam McNew – SHORTFORM
… a highly unique story … This one grows on you the more you read – a flight of fantasy that is at once entertaining and strangely educational. It’s hard to coherently describe this story without giving certain elements away: suffice it to say bees are a big component and the prose is unlike anything you’ll have come across before.
Matthew Tait – HORRORSCOPE
This story is subtle and brilliant, told almost entirely through implication. We must piece together the sense of what’s going on through the tantalizing pieces that Wilson gives us: recipes for honey-mead and royal jelly; biology lessons about bee anatomy, hive behavior, reproduction, and the creation of the hive’s queen; the repetition of the Briar Rose story (the pricking of the finger is a bee-sting); and a science fiction tale of aliens looking for reproductive hosts. Horror in the vein of Machen or Lovecraft; horror implied rather than overt. Excellent.
Tom Mula - Grad paper for Columbia College Chicago
“Dream” was my favorite read of last year. It's the kind of really elaborate, well organized, simultaneously poetic and smarty-pantsie kind of thing that I both adore and learn from. Also worth noting is that it's the ONLY short story I recommended for a Stoker.
Julia Sevin, author and Co-editor of Corpse Blossoms
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