From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism


In This Issue: May 2011 (Issue 50)

Artist Spotlight: Dariusz Zawadzki

My inspiration is always feelings, elusive emotions. They usually come from my dreams, my longing for other, unreal worlds. I create such a world with my paintings; they all make a whole.

Editorial, May 2011

Welcome to issue fifty of Fantasy Magazine! On tap this month… Fiction: “Study, For Solo Piano” by Genevieve Valentine, “Creation” by Jeffrey Ford, “The Devil in Gaylord’s Creek” by Sarah Monette, “Sandmagic” by Orson Scott Card. Nonfiction: “Now Hiring in the Airship Lounge” by Stephen A. Watkins, “Man-Made Men” by Alex Irvine, “Five Ways to Trick the Devil” by Heather Shaw, “Feature Interview: David Gaider and Heather Rabitach of Dragon Age II” by Matt London.

Study, for Solo Piano

The windows go first, from enemy fire and bad frosts. Then the moss and ivy move in, and the birds, and the rain. At last, the brick begins to crumble. By the time the Circus comes, it will be a ruin.

Author Spotlight: Genevieve Valentine

While I was writing Mechanique, I watched hundreds of hours of circus footage—both the shows themselves and whatever behind-the-scenes material I could get my hands on.

Now Hiring in the Airship Lounge: Fantasy Archetypes Get Steampunked

Steampunk is frequently associated with the Victorian and Edwardian periods of British and world history lasting roughly from 1837, when Queen Victoria took the throne, through the end of World War I.


I learned about creation from Mrs. Grimm, in the basement of her house down the street from ours. The room was dimly lit by a stained-glass lamp positioned above the pool table. There was also a bar in the corner.

Author Spotlight: Jeffrey Ford

You have to know the characters, or at least believe that you do. The moments that make up family life are primarily quiet ones, in and of themselves seemingly insignificant.

Man-Made Men

A man (it’s almost always a man) becomes a powerful magician (or later, a scientist) and creates something that looks almost human. Then it all goes wrong.

The Devil in Gaylord’s Creek

I got my sword out of the trunk. Its name was Stella Mortua. John Ray hadn’t had a clue, but Francis told me what it meant: The Dead Star.

Author Spotlight: Sarah Monette

Morgan and Francis actually come from a couple of dreams I had about a Slayer-like girl and her sidekick in a post-apocalyptic world.

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