Forget the Sleepless Shore

In Forget the Sleepless Shores readers should expect to be captivated by many ghosts and spirits who inhabit brine, some from tears of heartache and loss, some from strange bodies of water, not necessarily found on the map but definitely discovered through charting a course though the perilous straits of author Sonya Taaffe’s imagination, which is eerie and queer (by every definition of the word).

A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Speculative Fiction!

Table of Contents


“Chez Vous Soon”

“Little Fix of Friction”

“On the Blindside”

“Notes Toward the Classification of the Lesser Moly”

“Another Coming”

“Last Drink Bird Head”

“The Boatman’s Cure”

“The Dybbuk in Love”

“Like Milkweed”

“Imperator Noster”

“The Salt House”

“And Black Unfathomable Lakes”

“The Face of the Waters”

“The Creeping Influences”

“Drink Down”


“When Can a Broken Glass Mend?”

“On Two Streets, With Three Languages”

“The Trinitite Golem”

“All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts”

​  “The Depth Oracle”

“Sonya Taaffe is possessed of a singular and brilliant voice, one I have admired (and envied) since I first read her work more than a decade ago. Few living authors have brought to the task of building fantasy and science fiction her keen eye for the intricacies of the sublime and the terrible, the erotic and the weird. Fewer still have approached this work with such an undeniable talent. It is not an exaggeration to say she takes my breath away, like a plunge into deep, cold waters.” – Caitlín R. Kiernan, World Fantasy and Bram Stoker Award winning author

“The magical realism of poet and fantasist Taaffe’s luscious, melancholy, and literary second collection of stories…drowns the reader in watery imagery and complex sensory landscapes while exploring the theme of mundane relationships transformed by the intrusion of the mystical and uncanny.” – Publishers Weekly

“Sonya Taaffe’s writing is prose concentrate that, when reconstituted in the vehicle of your mind, leaves you fully sated, fully nourished. Savor the stories of Forget the Sleepless Shores the way you’d contemplate a long-anticipated wine: slowly, languorously, your mind volleying between sensual delight and critical appreciation. And keep savoring: Taaffe‘s unforgettable mix of poetic language, scientific precision, and microscopic analysis of human longing is simultaneously bountiful and never enough.” – Carlos Hernandez

“Conscience stalks Oppenheimer as a golem of nuclear glass; passion is laid bare beneath a peat bog; fall and fire claim their own. A girl is moth-light to a throng of ghosts. The sea calls, endlessly imperative. The water chooses whom to drown. In Sonya Taaffe’s vivid cinema of metamorphoses, the elements themselves have eyes. Watch now and wonder.” – Greer Gilman, World Fantasy and James Tiptree Jr. Award winning author

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