Many moons ago the awesome John Klima emailed and asked if I had any fairy tale retellings since he was putting together an anthology of such things. I sent him Black Feather (my Interfictions story), he accepted, I made a happy face. Life is good. Yesterday, for the first time, I saw who else is also in this anthology from a post on SFSignal. People, I had No Idea. I sporfled so hard on the subway train New Yorkers gave me the side eye.
Just look here and sporfle with me, won’t you?
- “The Seven Stage a Comeback” by Gregory Maguire
- “And In Their Glad Rags” by Genevieve Valentine
- “The Sawing Boys” by Howard Waldrop
- “Bear It Away” by Michael Cadnum
- “Mr. Simonelli or the Fairy Widower” by Susanna Clarke
- “The Black Fairy’s Curse” by Karen Joy Fowler
- “My Life As A Bird” by Charles de Lint
- “The Night Market” by Holly Black
- “The Rose in Twelve Petals” by Theodora Goss
- “The Red Path” by Jim C. Hines
- “Blood and Water” by Alethea Kontis
- “Hansel’s Eyes” by Garth Nix
- “He Died That Day, In Thirty Years” by Wil McCarthy
- “Snow In Summer” by Jane Yolen
- “The Rose Garden” by Michelle West
- “The Little Magic Shop” by Bruce Sterling
- “Black Feather” by K. Tempest Bradford
- “Fifi’s Tail” by Alan Rodgers
- “The Faery Handbag” by Kelly Link
- “Ashputtle” by Peter Straub
- “The Emperor’s New (And Improved) Clothes” by Leslie What
- “Pinocchio’s Diary” by Robert J. Howe
- “Little Red” by Wendy Wheeler
- “The Troll Bridge” by Neil Gaiman
- “The Price” by Patricia Briggs
- “Ailoura” by Paul Di Filippo
- “The Farmer’s Cat” by Jeff VanderMeer
- “The Root of The Matter” by Gregory Frost
- “Like a Red, Red Rose” by Susan Wade
- “Chasing America” by Josh Rountree
- “Stalking Beans” by Nancy Kress
- “Big Hair” by Esther Friesner
- “The Return of the Dark Children” by Robert Coover
Susanna Clarke, Kelly Link, Jeff Vandermeer, Genevieve Valentine, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, the list of awesome just keeps getting longer and longer! Nancy Kress was my first Clarion West instructor and now I am in an anthology with her. What.
But the most exciting bit is this. No anthology of this kind would be complete without Theodora Goss, that goes without saying. But the story in here, “The Rose in Twelve Petals,” is one of my favorite stories of All Time1. One of the first that ever moved me to track down an author’s website and email her2. That one of my stories gets to be in the same book as that is a most excellent way to begin my next year of life.
P.S. I would also like to point out that, once again, I’m in a book with a gorgeous cover.
- I just came across this blog post where Dora talks about how the story came to be. She mentions that it was her first story ever published — a surprise to myself — and that it’s been 10 years now. That… makes me feel old. [⇧]
- the other was “The Run of the Fiery Horse,” which I talked about in the PodCastle introduction. [⇧]