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Editorial, Mid-November 2011

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Are You Watching Carefully?

Whenever you see a trick performed you know from the outset that you are going to be tricked, so you set up certain mental safeguards, trying to see where and how the conjuror could possibly deceive you.

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Author Spotlight: Charles De Lint

I’d argue that’s the basis for all good fantasy stories: Ground the reader in the familiar so that when you do bring more improbable elements on stage, they’re more readily accepted.

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Five Ocean-Dwelling Creatures That Look Like Aliens (But Aren’t)

This week, we at Fantasy Magazine bring you five aquatic organisms that could easily be confused for alien or paranormal life (but are actually real).

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Author Spotlight: Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I have many friends in the FBI (that makes my old hippie self shudder) and lots and lots of friends in the legal community. So law enforcement stuff is almost as natural as breathing to me.