From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

The House of Four Winds

Nonfiction

Language and Imaginative Resistance in Epic Fantasy

Our view of the world, and reality, is a constructed one. Our brains—in their unending quest to be more efficient—often pull on early images and memories to construct our view of the real world. After all, what other information do we have to achieve this but those early stories about how the world is, how it works?

The Princess and the Witch

Once upon a time, there was a woman who told stories. Stories of witches and of princesses and of choosing true love. Stories that began once upon a time, and ended in happily ever after. You think you know what these stories are, and oh, perhaps you do. But until this woman, until Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy, the stories were not yet called what they are now. But she wrote these stories, and she gave them their name—contes des fées. Fairy tales.

Preface

Welcome to issue fifty-eight of FANTASY MAGAZINE! Over at LIGHTSPEED we were excited to publish our special issue, Women Destroy Science Fiction!, in June, but when our Kickstarter’s tremendous success unlocked all of our stretch goals—thus offering us the chance to expand the destruction into fantasy and horror—we knew that the Women Destroy Fantasy! special issue had to be a FANTASY MAGAZINE special issue.

Editorial, October 2014

Here’s the thing. All humans live inside a vast structure made of the flow of power and resources. All around us are the things that have grown to shape and express those flows: conventions and laws and manners and pop culture and highbrow art, architecture, religion, literature . . . even genre fiction.

Artist Spotlight: Women in Fantasy Illustration Roundtable

A roundtable interview with women artists (and one art director) Julie Bell, Irene Gallo, Rebecca Guay, Lauren Panepinto, Julie Dillon, Elizabeth Leggett, and Zoë Robinson.

Women Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue

As part of Lightspeed’s Kickstarter for their Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue, one of the stretch goals that was unlocked due to the campaign’s tremendous success was the publication of a Women Destroy Fantasy! special issue, which will be guest-edited by former Fantasy Magazine editor Cat Rambo. The issue is in the works now and will be published in October 2014. If you’d like to write something for that issue, the writing guidelines are available on our submissions page. If you’d like to read the issue, four of the eight stories included in the issue will be available here on fantasy-magazine.com, and the rest will be available in the ebook edition, which will be available in October, and will be available for pre-order soon.

Author Spotlight: Naomi Novik

“Vici” shows the seeds of various aspects of the relationship between dragons and humans that we see initially in Britain and other European nations in His Majesty’s Dragon.

Three Dragons

The dragon is a myth that has grown and molded itself to whatever contradictions the current age requires. It’s a world-carrier or a treasure-hoarder, celestial or flawed.

Falling With Style, Travelling Through Portals

Portal travel has a lot to recommend it. It’s fast, exciting, no one has to sing any songs and you can often go directly to your destination.

Author Spotlight: Seanan McGuire

So the “kids + magical world = adventure” equation was very, very heavily used during the 1980s. Almost every cartoon had it, because it was a way to get the kids into the story.