From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism



Author Spotlights


Author Spotlight: Nisi Shawl

I felt rather presumptuous using the word “pragmatism” in the story the title. I know it has a bunch of baggage. My research has been in other areas of the discipline.


Author Spotlight: Cory Skerry

People who try and protect their children from the world by enforced ignorance strike me as blinding themselves in the most tragic of ways.


Author Spotlight: Kelly Link

I’m usually borrowing from more than one source. Maybe I ought to try reworking a fairy tale while sticking strictly to one narrative.


Author Spotlight: Catherynne M. Valente

Whenever I go back to Brooklyn I think of my wolves, now. I think that’s my favorite part of this piece, how it changed the way I saw the city.


Author Spotlight: M. Rickert

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.