Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy Hardcover – March 19, 2013
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About the Author
Multiple award-winning editor ELLEN DATLOW has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for almost thirty years. She was fiction editor of OMNI magazine and SciFiction and has edited more than fifty anthologies. She lives in New York City.
TERRI WINDLING is a writer, artist, and book editor interested in myth, folklore, and fairy tales. She lives in a little village at the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, England.
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0765332264
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765332264
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- Product Dimensions : 6.46 x 1.16 x 9.62 inches
- Publisher : Tor Books; 1st edition (March 19, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,594,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Take the time to read the introduction, as the editors provide literary history and back ground.
They also address the disparity of female authors.
There are four stories which stood out for me:
Elizabeth Wein's: "For the Briar Rose," which was inspired by an actual painting. Wein provides a web site for readers interested in viewing the painting in question.
Elizabeth Bear's: "The Governess," shows what it would have been like for the working class and women.
Dale Bailey's: "Mr. Splitfoot," is inspired by two actual sisters who worked as mediums.
Finally, Veronica Schanoes's: "Phosphorus," which is a fictional account of an actual labor revolt.
Phosphorus:. The fantasy element in this story plays a cameo role; it is 99% reality of the most depressing kind. Someday I am going to piss on Queen Victoria's grave......read the story to find out why!
For the Briar Rose:. I do not weep easily over literature, but this story turned on the waterworks. All women are someone's daughters and many of us have been blessed with daughters of our own. This story isn't sad, but sentimental and sweet, addressing family, love, and the insidious passage of time. Being a huge fan of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite painters, I was thrilled to meet them as characters in this story. Five stars for this one!