Content Warnings: Before we head deeper into this post, I would like to discuss some of the triggers within the pages of Giving the Devil His Due. Giving the Devil His Due takes us to “alternative worlds where men who abuse and murder women and girls meet their comeuppance in uncanny ways.” There are all forms of abuse in these stories: physical, sexual, emotional, etc. and these stories definitely don’t hold back. As much as I consider this anthology to be an important read, I encourage you to step away if this content is triggering for you.
The Twilight Zone meets Promising Young Woman in Giving the Devil His Due, The Pixel Project’s first charity anthology under their Read For Pixels program which has been published in partnership with Running Wild Press on September 1st, 2021. 100% of the net proceeds from the sales of the anthology will go towards supporting The Pixel Project’s anti-violence against women programs, campaigns, and resources.
Edited by Rebecca Brewer, formerly of Ace/Roc (Penguin Random House), this anthology features major names and rising stars in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror today including Angela Yuriko Smith, Christina Henry, Dana Cameron, Errick Nunnally, Hillary Monahan, Jason Sanford, Kaaron Warren, Kelley Armstrong, Kenesha Williams, Leanna Renee Hieber, Lee Murray, Linda D. Addison, Nicholas Kaufmann, Nisi Shawl, Peter Tieryas, and Stephen Graham Jones.
These sixteen authors will take readers on an unforgettable journey to alternative worlds where men who abuse and murder women and girls meet their comeuppance in uncanny ways. These sixteen stories will make you think about the importance of justice for the victims of gender-based violence, how rare this justice is in our own world, and why we need to end violence against women once and for all.
It’s not every day that you come across an anthology where just about every story hits. Sure, a few of the stories didn’t work for me, but I am comfortable with saying that these particular stories will most likely be favorites for other readers. Giving the Devil His Due has a very important theme, but even if you’re just simply looking for a good horror collection to read, I definitely recommend this one.
There are a lot of familiar names in Giving the Devil His Due. I know a lot of readers will be excited to find Stephen Graham Jones, author of My Heart is a Chainsaw and The Only Good Indians in the collection, along with Christina Henry who’s known for her dark fairytale retellings like Alice and The Girl in Red. After reading Giving the Devil His Due, I’m looking forward to checking out more work from all of the authors in the TOC.
Circling back to Giving the Devil His Due’s important theme, I want to give credit to every single author for the way they handled writing stories that center around violence against women and the way justice is served for all of the abusers in these stories. Revenge comes in different forms in Giving the Devil His Due; some with a simple weapon and others with help from spirits. All of the stories in this collection bring something new to the table, while simultaneously serving as a message about the same important topic. This is definitely a collection worth reading.
Giving the Devil His Due ends with “Violence Against Women: Learning More and Getting Help — A Starting Point.” This resource guide contains valuable links that list crisis numbers for multiple countries.
To learn more about The Pixel Project and its mission, along with resources to help end violence against women, click here!