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Fae Paperback – May 8, 2014
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"A delightfully refreshing collection that offers a totally different take on the usual fairy stories!"
-- Marge Simon, multiple Bram Stoker® winner
"The Fae prove treacherous allies and noble foes in this wide-ranging anthology from Rhonda Parrish that stretches boundaries of folk tale and legend. There's no Disney-esque flutter and glitter to be found here -- but there are chills and thrills aplenty."
-- Mike Allen, author of Unseaming & editor of Clockwork Phoenix
"Anyone with an abiding love of Faerie... will find stories to enjoy in FAE."
-- Tangent [C. D. Lewis]
About the Author
Anthologist Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of the benefit anthology, Metastasis. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Her website, updated weekly, is at rhondaparrish.com.
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There are so many terrific stories in this collection it's hard to pick my favorite--but I can. It's The Queen of Lakes by L.S. Johnson, the creepy, sensual story of a frustrated young woman, kept from an education by her parents and a society which gives women little value, tempted by an each-uisge. I just can't get that one out of my mind--and I'm not trying all that hard.
Other favorites are Ten Ways to Self-Sabotage, Only Some of Which Relate to Fairies by Sara Puls, and Solomon's Friend by Kristina Wojtaszek. Ten Ways to Self-Sabotage features a young woman who is floundering and hapless to recognize good things when they appear. Solomon's Friend is a heartrending love letter to the mother of a special boy who just happens to see world in a different way than most people. I cried most of the way through it.
But the list just goes on and on. This is one of the most consistently well-written anthologies I have ever read. These fairies are a far cry from the Disneyfied variety. They may be beautiful and magical, but they can also be wild, cruel, and not at all to be trusted. Or they may be kind and honorable if treated with kindness in return. So think twice about making a bargain, and be careful what you wish for. Unless you wish for a spellbinding read. Then read Fae and your wish is granted.