Story: Reeling for the Empire
Author: Karen Russell
Collection: Vampires in the Lemon Grove
In the Meiji era of Japan a shortage of silk worms leads to drastic measures. Young women are sold off to factories and undergo a transformation. Soon they are producing copious amounts of silk thread themselves.
This could have come straight from a Pan Book of Horror Stories from the 60s. Unnerving and odd.Rating: ****