"Alethea Kontis IS fairy tales." --Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer
"Alethea Kontis: Awesome, racks up award nominations, wears tiaras." --Ferrett Steinmetz, author of Flex
"I want to live in [Alethea's] head because I think that might be the most interesting place in the world!!!!" --Ellen Oh, author of Prophecy
"Alethea Kontis, the woman who writes like Shakespeare would if he were alive today." --Aaron Pound
"The beauty of a princess, the confidence of a queen, the brilliance of a writer, and the demeanor of a cheerful fairy comedian!" --Cheyenne Z.
From the Author
For John Skipp, who invited me into an anthology called Demons and inadvertently gave me the rug that pulled "The Unicorn Hunter" together.
For D.F. Warrick and Kyle S. Johnson, who invited me to write a story based on a Nick Cave song...and to my sister, Soteria, for choosing the perfect song for me.
For Brandi Hamrick, who flipped through the tiny notebook I keep in my car and asked, "What's a 'Vampire Mermaid'?"
For Jason Sizemore and Lynne M. Thomas at Apex, who were not afraid to publish a Romantic Young Adult Serial Killer Fairy Tale Retelling in aworld when everyone else was.
For Eric James Stone--again and always--for unwittingly challenging me to include every single nursery rhyme and fairy tale I knew into a story, thus creating a Whole New World my brain would be happy living in forever.
And for Margo Mann Appenzeller, Casey Cothran, and Chris McCormick--because the geography of my world all started with the map we drew in high school.Arilland literally would not exist without all of us.
My hope is that Aria and Llandyr may yet still exist someday beyond these pages.