From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

The House of Four Winds

In This Issue: Nov. 2011 (Issue 56)

Artist Spotlight: Jenny Laatsch and Madame Thenadier

After determining what the subject should be, I started creating an empty room with the right atmosphere. I sent the layered file through a large file sharing site to Jenny. She added several items and a bookcase and sent it back to me.

Editorial, November 2011

Welcome to issue fifty-six of Fantasy Magazine! Here’s what we’ve got on tap this month … Fiction: “Seven Spells to Sever the Heart” by K. M. Ferebee, “Christopher Raven” by Theodora Goss, “Red Dawn: A Chow Mein Western” by Lavie Tidhar, “The Swordsman Whose Name Was Not Death” by Ellen Kushner. Nonfiction: Feature Interview: Charlaine Harris by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley, “Shades of the Nineteenth Century” by Helen Pilinovsky, “Home on the Strange” by Emma Bull, “The Pen and the Sword” by Kat Howard.

Seven Spells to Sever the Heart

Samuel Crewe was the son of a witch. He was, in fact, the seventh son of a witch, who had herself been one of seven daughters. In fairy tales, this sort of lineage was meant to point to great strength, good fortune, and adventures.

Author Spotlight: K.M. Ferebee

I don’t believe that pain is something extrinsic to goodness. I believe there can be goodness in suffering, but that this does not mean suffering itself is good.

Feature Interview: Charlaine Harris

My initial thought on the series was I wanted to write about a woman dating a vampire. But to make them less frightening, to give them a reason for being out, I had to develop a theory that would let them look less vicious.

Christopher Raven

Why had I come back to Collingswood? That was what I asked myself, standing on the path that led to the main school building, a structure built of gray stone and shadowed by oaks that had stood for a hundred years.

Author Spotlight: Theodora Goss

I struggled at first, because I couldn’t find the right voice to write it in. But then I thought of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, that sort of nostalgic tone, and I wrote in that sort of voice.

Shades of the Nineteenth Century

Stories require a common consensus to become popular and to spread: When the stories in question concern the restless dead, the possibility of an angry past haunting us, what, precisely, does that say?

Editorial, Mid-November 2011

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Red Dawn: A Chow Mein Western

The boy felt a tingling at the tip of his fingers. He saw with his inner eye: The leader rode unarmed because his power was great. The aura of Qi around him was unmistakable.

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