The Hanging Game

The Hanging Game Sometimes a game even a sacred game can have far reaching consequences In bear country young Skye learns just how far she is willing to go to play the game properly in order carry on the traditions

  • Title: The Hanging Game
  • Author: Helen Marshall
  • ISBN: 9781466839250
  • Page: 452
  • Format: ebook
  • Sometimes a game, even a sacred game, can have far reaching consequences In bear country young Skye learns just how far she is willing to go to play the game properly in order carry on the traditions that came before her and will most likely continue long after she is gone.At the publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software DRMSometimes a game, even a sacred game, can have far reaching consequences In bear country young Skye learns just how far she is willing to go to play the game properly in order carry on the traditions that came before her and will most likely continue long after she is gone.At the publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software DRM applied.

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      Published :2019-05-09T05:53:52+00:00

    About “Helen Marshall”

    1. Helen Marshall

      Helen Marshall manuscriptgal is an award winning author, editor, and bibliophile.Her poetry and short fiction have been published in The Chiaroscuro, Paper Crow, Abyss Apex, Lady Churchill s Rosebud Wristlet and Tor In 2011, she released a collection of poems entitled Skeleton Leaves from Kelp Queen Press and her collection of short stories Hair Side, Flesh Side was released from ChiZine Publications in 2012 This collection won the 2013 British Fantasy Sydney J Bounds Award and was short listed for a 2013 Aurora Award for Best Related Work It was named one of the top ten F SF books of 2012 by January Magazine Her second fiction collection Gifts for the One Who Comes After launched in September 2014.

    145 thoughts on “The Hanging Game”

    1. i have been choosing these free tor shorts the same way i choose wine: whatever looks dark and has a pretty picture. it has served me less well in wine than it has in these storiesd this story is just what i like, and will appeal to fans of Karen Russell, Kelly Link, and Tender Morselsit's a coming of age story that shimmers with dark magical realism, about a group of children who play a hanging game; a hometown tradition with the weight of mythology. There were rules for the hanging game. This [...]


    2. There were rules for the hanging game. This is what they were. It had to be highrigging rope, like I said, and you had to steal it. Also it had to be an ash tree. Also you had to do it willingly. No one could force you to play the hanging game. It couldn’t be a dare or a bluff or a tease, or else it wouldn’t work.This book is seriously strange and I adore it. Dark and magical realism have never been so deliciously combined. I've been devouring Tor shorts lately, and so far they have yet to d [...]


    3. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

      For us the hanging game was a sacred thing, the most sacred thing we knew save for one other, which I’ll have to tell you about too, and that was the bears.This was a wonderful short. The perfect mingling of childhood antics and darkness, for this tor-a-holic. Skye read a bit like Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird which, from me, is a high fucking compliment. I love the shit out of Scout!!The darkness here is played so skillfully that you can smell the fruition before it happens, but not in a w [...]


    4. The narrator's voice just didn't ring true to me. And if everyone knows that killing bears requires this direct repayment that punishes theirkids, why are they doing it?



    5. m is for MarshallI’m wondering about the things our parents leave us, the good and the bad, and whether a thing is ever truly over.I haven't been in a reading mood lately, but this evening, finding myself full on turkey and stuffing, pecan pie, black forest stout, football, and large doses of nostalgia, I decided to once again wander the world of tor and landed on this grit-lit folktale.This author had a sort of weird rambling writing style that took some getting used to, but overall I found i [...]


    6. "That was the kind of crazy we got into. Bears and hanging." What's up with those Tor short stories? They're creepy, CREEPY!Tor is probably my favorite web page right now. Free dark short stories. HELL YES!This one was very good. And a little twisted at the end.I'm selecting the ones with the creepiest covers so I guess you get it. XD "I’m wondering about the things our parents leave us, the good and the bad, and whether a thing is ever truly over."


    7. Creepy little story about hillbilly kids, a noose, and some sort of (I think) god of bears.It only takes about 5 minutes to read, but it's interesting and free. Freeeeeee!


    8. I came across this story, as I usually do, through Tor, one of the greatest websites for science-fiction and fantasy stories. I was not looking for anything more than a fun time, and then I came out with the darkest story I had read in months.“There were rules for the hanging game. This is what they were. It had to be highrigging rope, like I said, and you had to steal it. Also it had to be an ash tree. Also you had to do it willingly. No one could force you to play the hanging game. It couldn [...]


    9. What a queer little thing. A fairy tale of sorts, and incredibly awkward. The writing was gorgeous, I just felt disconnected from the piece. The magical realism was perfectly constructed for such a short story, but also lost a bit because of the lack of depth. It read like a really great proposal for a novel. I guess the reason I am only giving it two stars is my own lack of personal connection and desire for more length. I'm sure there are lots of you out there who will love this. It's not a po [...]


    10. Found this on Tor tor/stories/2013/03/thThis is a dark and haunting tale. It's usually the short stories that manage to crawl under my skin and stay with me longest. They blind side me and make me think. I definitely believe that, if properly done, less is more.



    11. This was weird. It was mystical. It was enrapturing. Though it was short it conveyed different messages. It was about how parents actions get passed down to their children. It was about the naiveness of childhood.It was dark and haunting and I loved it.


    12. Don't play this at home, kids!Disturbing short story. So, we pay for the sins of our fathers.Link here :tor/stories/2013/03/th


    13. Another Tor short story.This creepy story is completely believable to me. I remember being a child and building mystical rules and games of great dignity. I had goosebumps just reading it.



    14. This little story only took a few moments to read and that is o.k. as I found it disturbing and to near to reality to be fun. The hanging game is one that has been played by generations and although the reason for playing if are slightly different, it bears a close resemblance to the fainting game or the choking game. These are silly games that come into favour at some stage during most generations and I remember the fainting game when I was a young teen. I never took part but I do know that in [...]



    15. The Hanging Game is so deliciously dark and terrible. (Not terrible as in it's a bad story - terrible as in the story's subject matter is unpleasant.)The game itself is bad enough, but there's also a magical realism element to the story, which doesn't give the reader a definite answer. Does the game foretell the future? Is there really a bear god that exacts payment for each of his people? Maybe, maybe not. But there's an awful lot of coincidence going on in bear country.The story captures the i [...]


    16. Such a great little read.Coming from someone who is not a fan of short stories, this is a huge compliment. Typically short stories don't stratify my urge for complex plots and intense character development, and mind you, this is no exception.I loved the dark magic, though not quite supernatural, twist to this story. I thought the writing was so beautiful, that I definitely would read a full length novel version.The narrator doesn't seem extraordinary; all her childhood predictions about her futu [...]


    17. Un buen cuento que al leer entre lineas tiene muchísima tela de donde cortar, que mezcla el impacto real de las actividades peligrosas que los niños y jóvenes pueden hacer por influencia social con lo misterioso y extraño del mito.


    18. Another incredible, slightly horrific short story. A lesson on the price we sometimes have to pay for our past family members mistakes. Sad but gives you something to think about. available for free on Tor.



    19. Now this is one crazy shortstory. I liked the beginning a lot, the writing style was nice as well, but somehow the ending was a little to gross :/ bad-gross.



    20. I really love this short story, it's a bit a confusing read at the beginning but I feel like it adds to the full on horror and gothic nature of the story. The lore of the story and mysterious nature of the Hanging Game and of the Bears is so enthralling and I felt so drawn in throughout the story and although it's a quick read I love it all.


    21. Just like the cover illustration, a dark and twisted fairy tale. Quite disturbing and creepy, yet able to mesmerized me since the first paragraph. The hanging game, "Sometimes a game, even a sacred game, can have far-reaching consequences"



    22. Strange and haunting, especially considering how often similar things do sadly happen. I loved the illustration too.



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