State of the Art: August 2019

A mission of Modern Folklore Press is to foster the art of Fantasy and Speculative literature. Publishing books in the genre will be one way to do that, but another way is to promote the considered discourse about the art of the speculative and the fantastic.

This series will continue to seek and promote recently published essays and interviews about the genre. MFP will also be seeking original essays. Look for a call and submission guidelines soon.


Jacqui Talbot write of the boxes we find ourselves in and how hers has shaped who she is and her art. Fireside Magazine.

R. F. Kuang talks about her writing and the difficulty writing physically graphic and emotionally wrought scenes in R. F. Kuang: Distortions at Locus.

Aidan Moher discusses the influence of JRPGs on fantasy writers of the most recent decade at Kotaku.

Terri Windling continues her series on the storytelling in fairy tales with an excerpt from Katherine Langrish’s book Seven Miles of Steel Thistles. At Myth and Moor.

We’re Here Now: a conversation with Derek lubangakene and Ekpeki Oghenechovwe at Strange Horizons about African speculative fiction.

Also at Strange Horizons, The Avenging Mother: Essun clytemnestra and inter generational trauma in N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy by Alexander Claman.

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