Sing Me Your Scars

Sing Me Your Scars

by Damien Angelica Walters


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This is book #03 in our APEX VOICES series!

In her first collection of short fiction, Damien Angelica Walters weaves her lyrical voice through suffering and sorrow, teasing out the truth and discovering hope.

Sometimes a thread pulled through the flesh is all that holds you together. Sometimes the blade of a knife or the point of a nail is the only way you know you're real. When pain becomes art and a quarter is buried deep within you, all you want is to be seen, to have value, to be loved. But love can be fragile, folded into an origami elephant while you disappear, carried on the musical notes that build a bridge, or woven into an illusion so real, so perfect that you can fool yourself for a little while. Paper crumples, bridges fall, and illusions come to an end. Then you must pick up the pieces, stitch yourself back together, and shed your fear, because that is when you find out what you are truly made of and lift your voice, that is when you Sing Me Your Scars.


"Sing Me Your Scars revolves in the mind's eye in a kaleidoscope of darkness and wonder."

—Laird Barron, author of The Croning and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

"Damien Angelica Walters writes prose as sharp as a scalpel. With surgical precision, she slices through her characters' veneers to lay bare the secret scars underneath, the knots of fear and desire twisting them. The women and men in these stories struggle against their own, oddly-beautiful damage, and even when they succumb to it, the narrative is never less than compelling. Anatomist of dreams and nightmares, Walters is a writer to watch."

—John Langan, author of The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies

Table of Contents

Part I: Here

Sing Me Your Scars

All the Pieces We Leave Behind

Girl, With Coin

Paskutinis Iliuzija (The Last Illusion)

Glass Boxes and Clockwork Gods

Sugar, Sin, and Nonsuch Henry

Part II: And The Now

Running Empty in a Land of Decay


The Taste of Tears in a Raindrop

Always, They Whisper

Dysphonia in D Minor

Shall I Whisper to You of Moonlight, of Sorrow, of Pieces of Us?

Immolation: A Love Story

Part III: And Away

Melancholia in Bloom

Iron and Wood, Nail and Bone

And All the World Says Hush

They Make of You a Monster

Paper Thin Roses of Maybe

Grey in the Gauge of His Storm

Like Origami in Water

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937009281
Publisher: Apex Book Company
Publication date: 02/15/2015
Series: Apex Voices , #3
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

DAMIEN ANGELICA WALTERS' short fiction has appeared in various magazine and anthologies, including Year's Best Weird Fiction Volume One, The Best of Electric Velocipede, Strange Horizons, Nightmare, Lightspeed, Shimmer, Apex, Streets of Shadows, What Fates Impose, and Glitter & Mayhem. Paper Tigers, a novel, will be released in late 2015.

Writing as Damien Walters Grintalis, Damien's short fiction appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Fireside, Daily Science Fiction, and others, and Ink, a novel, was released in December 2012 by Samhain Horror.

She's also a freelance editor, and until the magazine's closing in 2013, she was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede. You can find her on Twitter @DamienAWalters or online at

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