Fantasy & SpecFic Watch #9

Gene Wolfe has passed (1931-2019). C. S. E. Cooney offers a touching remembrance and Niel Gaiman’s How to Read Gene Wolfe at F&SF Another passing of sorts: Apex Magazine going on extended hiatus but book and anthology projects to continue – Apex Missed this earlier: The Best New Fantasy Fiction Retells Ancient Stories with Complex […]

Poetry of the Fantastic: The Mystic Meaning by Clark Ashton Smith

The language of myth often finds its best form as a poem. The language of the fantastic or the strange can sometimes only find expression in poetry.  This series will present classics of the form, many long forgotten, and original contemporary poems. This poem by the master Clark Ashton Smith sets the tone. The fantastic […]

State of the Art April 2019

April is offering a wealth of essays on the literature of the fantastic. Terri Windling writes: The Places that Claim Us on Myth & Moor The Art of Peace: Mari Evans’ Legacy of Peaceful and Ethical Engagement by Tabitha Barbour at Apex Magazine Women in SF&F Month: Tasha Suri talks fairy tales and feet at […]

Fantasy & SpecFic Watch #8

This week we travel to the days of book burning (April 2019) and there’s Patrick Rothfuss news. Interview with Anna Kashina, author of Shadowblade – Shadows, Swordplay, and Ballroom Dancing – Clarkesworld Hugo Finalists at Locus Harry Potter Book Burning – The Guardian Fairy Tale Facts and Faux Pas – BookRiot Patrick Rothfus Kingkiller Chronicles […]

Fantasy and SpecFic Watch #7

Interview with Sarah Pinsker at Clarkesworld We heartily agree: 7 Reasons Why You’ll Love Carmilla More Than You Love Dracula – BookRiot and yes, go buy Carmen Maria Machado’s edited version now. Official statements regarding the Fantasy community “Missing Stairs” controversy. Fantasy Inn and here, and also here. 9 Badass Swordswomen of Fantasy BookRiot Posthumously […]