From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

COSMIC POWERS

Nonfiction

Feature Interview: Jacqueline Carey

Jacqueline Carey exploded onto the fantasy scene in 2001 with the publication of Kushiel’s Dart. Readers responded enthusiastically to Carey’s edgy mixture of intrigue, adventure, and eroticism.

Author Spotlight: M. Rickert

I suppose there are people who live completely productive, happy, generous lives without even considering the ugliness of humanity.

When Wizards Rock

Sauron, Cthulhu, and Death Eaters be warned: Wizards were meant to rock.

Author Spotlight: J. S. Breukelaar

My stories are peopled by chance encounters. By dream characters, minor players in novels who get under my skin, stuff on the cutting room floor, a stray bar of music or scrap of lyric.

Artist Spotlight: Chen Wei

I intentionally leave some brushstrokes and color laid down in “tiles.” These can make the piece more like a real painting, not like a lifeless CG product.

Editorial, July 2011

Welcome to issue fifty-two of Fantasy Magazine! Here’s what we’ve got on tap this month … Fiction: “Union Falls” by J. S. Breukelaar, “The Machine” by M. Rickert, “The Wolves of Brooklyn” by Catherynne M. Valente, “Swans” by Kelly Link. Nonfiction: “When Wizards Rock” by Wendy N. Wagner, “Feature Interview: Jacqueline Carey” by Hannah Strom-Martin, “Conversations With Wolves” by Lauren Davis, “The Princess is Dead, Long Live the Princess!” by Hannah Pilinovsky.

Indistinguishable From Magic

Remember Tom Cruise’s amazing computer display in Minority Report? Well, today that technology is a reality.

Author Spotlight: Jeremiah Tolbert

For me, scary stuff is like, “Will I be able to pay my rent this month?” I don’t get disturbed by the idea of the living dead, or unknowable cosmic horror.

Talking to the Dead

What are the real-world examples and practices of necromancy? And do you really have to dress like Dracula’s flamboyant goth cousin to be a necromancer?

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.