From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

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Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Kate Hall

This is a story about anger as much as art: about anger’s power to trap and destroy, as well as its power to liberate. The scream is the anger that lives in every person who is forced to be someone/something they don’t want to be, and it can either set you free or doom you.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Deathly Shadows in Our Lives

European folk tradition has placed quite a strong emphasis on the connection between the shadow and the soul; this connection can be found in German and Portuguese folklore, and in non-European folk belief as well.

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Author Spotlight: Joe R. Lansdale

Write for yourself, write like everyone you know is dead. Then when you finish you can worry about who might like it.

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Feature Interview: Puss in Boots Director Chris Miller

We knew that we were going to have the fairy tale world as a backdrop in Puss in Boots, we wanted to make sure we didn’t end up just parodying them. We wanted to take the original stories and put a new spin on them.

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Author Spotlight: Nike Sulway

You can’t hope to get a whole person on the page—other people are always the biggest mystery, the great unknowable in life—but you can sometimes get down in words that thing that makes them strange and alluring.