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Stylistically rooted in fairy tale and mythology, imperceptible landscapes are explored in these opulent stories from a beloved fantasy icon. There are princesses dancing with dead suitors, a knight in love with an official of exotic lineage, and fortune's fool stealing into the present instead of the future. In one mesmerizing tale, a time-traveling angel is forbidden to intervene in Cotton Mather's religious ravings, while another narrative finds a wizard seduced in his youth by the Faerie Queen and returning the treasure that is rightfully hers. Bewitching, bittersweet, and deeply intoxicating, this collection draws elements from the fables of history and re-creates them in startlingly magical ways.
Patricia A. McKillip is the author of more than 30 fantasy novels including Harpist in the Wind, The Riddle Master of Hed, and The Sorceress and the Cygnet. She has received the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award three times, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award twice, and her short fiction has been anthologized in multiple volumes including Full Spectrum, The Green Man: Tales from the Mystic Forest, and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She lives in North Bend, Oregon.
Table of Contents
Wonders of the Invisible World Out of the Woods The Kelpie Hunter’s Moon Oak Hill The Fortune-Teller Jack O’Lantern Knight of the Well Naming Day Byndley The Twelve Dancing Princesses Undine Xmas Cruise A Gift to Be Simple The Old Woman and the Storm The Doorkeeper of Khaat What Inspires Me: Guest of Honor Speech at WisCon (2004)