From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism


In This Issue: June 2011 (Issue 51)

Artist Spotlight: Nicole Cardiff

Nicole Cardiff is a Los Angeles-based fantasy artist and illustrator who has worked with Harcourt, Sony, White Wolf, and Wizards of the Coast, among other clients. Nicole uses traditional and electronic tools, but she paints primarily at the computer, and she’s part of the new generation of illustrators who are pushing digital art software to […]

Editorial, June 2011

Welcome to issue fifty-one of Fantasy Magazine! Here’s what we’ve got on tap this month. Fiction: “A Prince of Thirteen Days” by Alaya Dawn Johnson, “You Have Been Turned Into a Zombie By a Friend” by Jeremiah Tolbert, “Virgin of the Sands” by Holly Phillips, “The Immortality Game” by Cat Rambo. Nonfiction: “Back to Bordertown” by Mia Nutick, “Indistinguishable From Magic” by Abby Fichtner, “Talking to the Dead” by Randy Henderson, “Feature Interview: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Director of Kung Fu Panda 2” by Andrew Penn Romine.

A Prince of Thirteen Days

I clear my throat. “Mister Statue Man,” I say, because I haven’t grown up on the Border without learning to be polite around magic. “Do you think you might have sex with me?”

Author Spotlight: Alaya Dawn Johnson

One of the things I love about the Bordertown setting is both the fickleness and possibility of magic. The fact that it works sometimes—producing wonders or disasters or nothing at all.

Back To Bordertown

It’s been thirteen years since the Way to Bordertown mysteriously closed. But now editors Ellen Kushner and Holly Black have re-opened it to us with Welcome to Bordertown.

The Immortality Game

Decades later the music was what really tipped Glen off. He heard a song on the radio, a brand new release, and remembered the day he’d first heard it, twenty years earlier.

Author Spotlight: Cat Rambo

The story owes a great deal to Fritz Leiber’s “The Sinful Ones,” which horrified and fascinated me when I read it in high school.

Feature Interview: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, director of Kung Fu Panda 2

We try to treat the pandas and Po with the utmost emotional respect, but that’s based on the fact that they are people we care about as opposed to whether they’re pandas or not.

Virgin of the Sands

Graham came out of the desert leaving most of his men dead behind him. He debriefed, he bathed, he dressed in a borrowed uniform, and without food, without rest, though he needed both, he went to see the girl.

Author Spotlight: Holly Phillips

I’m definitely not a fan of the military mentality, particularly because of the way it can overwrite ordinary people’s moral codes with one that’s a lot more ruinous.

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