Dair’s dark, unsettling novels and short stories feature storylines where secrets and dark deeds from the past won’t stay hidden. In contrast, Dair tries to keep her real life nice and tame, and she’s usually a pretty open book.
"Interesting, complex characters and important themes. Your imagery is particularly resonant, and the scene with the slave trader is especially chilling." -Shannon Baker and Gwen Florio, Official 2019 Colorado Gold Contest Chairs.
Bronze Medal Winner
“'Gemini' by Dair Brown genuinely surprised me. I mean, I have enjoyed all of Dair’s previous stories, so I go into one with a certain degree of expectation. But somehow, she still pulled one over on me and delivered one of my absolute favorites of the collection with a story that’s a continuation of her short “The Block” from Autumn Noir... It’s a fine line to walk, putting poetic lines into prose fiction without it feeling a bit out of place, but Dair did just that multiple times with this story." - Russell G.
"The folks over at Unsettling Reads have provided us with another collection of short stories, this time moving from horror, sci-fi, and fantasy into the genres of crime, mystery, suspense, and thriller. I’m happy to say that I enjoyed this collection even more than the previous one... I thought Dair’s story, in particular, really captured the spirit of the theme." -Russell G.
"If a Tree Falls in the Forest"
"She seems dead set on delivering one of the best stories in every collection she releases... At every step, I could feel how meticulously the story was crafted with callbacks, parallels, and just damn great turns of phrase. It felt like every element of this story pulled double duty as the plot advanced and it all felt organic instead of on the nose. I'm also a big fan of figurative language fitting with the characterization and Dair gave it in spades." -Russell G.
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