Today’s post is going to be about a few things I have coming out, so I hope you don’t mind some self-promotion.
First, my story “Christopher Raven” came out in Fantasy Magazine today. There’s also an interview with me about how I wrote the story.
If you like the story, consider buying the anthology it’s in, Ghosts by Gaslight.
Second, one of my favorite people, Charles Tan, has put together a list of “Short Story Collections for the Aspiring Speculative Fiction Writer.” And he’s included In the Forest of Forgetting! The other books on the list are as follows:
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant and Other Stories by Jeffrey Ford
In the Mean Time by Paul Tremblay
Objects of Worship by Claude Lalumière
Twelve Collections and The Teashop by Zoran Živković
After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh
Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan
Honestly, it’s amazing to be included in a list with such wonderful writers.
And finally, I have a story being reprinted in what looks like it’s going to be a great anthology, Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful. Here’s the cover:
And here’s a description and the table of contents, including my story, “Lessons with Miss Gray.”
Surrounded by the aura of magic, witches have captured our imaginations for millenia and fascinate us now more than ever. No longer confined to the image of a hexing old crone, witches can be kindly healers and protectors, tough modern urban heroines, holders of forbidden knowledge, sweetly domestic spellcasters, darkly domineering, sexy enchantresses, ancient sorceresses, modern Wiccans, empowered or persecuted, possessors of supernatural abilities that can be used for good or evil – or perhaps only perceived as such. Welcome to the world of witchery in many guises: wicked, wild, and wonderful. Includes two original, never-published stories.
“The Cold Blacksmith” by Elizabeth Bear
“The Ground Whereon She Stands” by Lean Bobet
“The Witch’s Headstone” by Neil Gaiman
“Lessons with Miss Gray” by Theodora Goss
“The Only Way to Fly” byNancy Holder
“Basement Magic” by Ellen Klages
“Nightside” by Mercedes Lackey
“April in Paris” by Ursula K. Le Guin
“The Goosle” by Margo Lanagan
“Mirage and Magia” by Tanith Lee
“Poor Little Saturday” by Madeleine L’Engle
“Catskin” by Kelly Link
“Bloodlines” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“The Way Wind” by Andre Norton
“Skin Deep” by Richard Parks
“Ill Met in Ulthar” by T.A. Pratt (original)
“Marlboros & Magic” by Linda Robertson (original)
“Walpurgis Afternoon” by Delia Sherman
“The World Is Cruel, My Daughter” by Cory Skerry
“The Robbery” by Cynthia Ward
“Afterward” by Don Webb
“Magic Carpets” by Leslie What
“Boris Chernevsky’s Hands” by Jane Yolen
This is a book I’d buy anyway, because I love stories about witches. So, in case you want to read any stories by me, “Christopher Raven” is online now, and “Lessons with Miss Gray” is coming out again, and of course you can always just order yourself a copy of In the Forest of Forgetting. Because, you know, Charles said so!
“Christopher Raven” was a beautiful story.
Thanks, Richard! 🙂