Starlit Wood – Release, Big Idea, Mary Sue

THE STARLIT WOOD: NEW FAIRY TALES is out today! Navah and I are incredibly happy to have our anthology out in the world. We love everything about this book, and we hope you’ll love it too!

To celebrate the book’s release we have a Big Idea guest post on John Scalzi’s Whatever. In it we discuss the potential of fairy tale retellings to work within various genres. Take a look!

Navah also has an essay at The Mary Sue in which she discusses feminism and representation in The Starlit Wood. You can read it here.

I also have a post here with early reviews, blurbs, and other links.

Happy book day!

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The Starlit Wood – Press

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales is launching TOMORROW! Curious about the book? Want to know why Navah and I are so excited to share these stories with the world? Well, in honour of the impending release here’s a post about some of the wonderful early press the book has received! (And we’ll have a lot more stuff in the upcoming week.)

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  • Booklist: “This anthology is consistent throughout, with well-crafted writing and a tantalizing taste of each author’s unique journey into reimagining classic fairy tales for a new audience.”
  • Library Journal: “A great pick for readers looking for a fresh, diverse spin on standard fairy tales.”
  • Publishers Weekly: “A rich sample of what awaits us in the world of fairy tales…well worth making time to read.”
  • Romantic Times: “Its stories strip old tales down to the bone and build from those frames new, relatable, yet still magical stories”

Blurbs! (in case you missed them the first time around)

  • Terri Windling: The modern revival of fairy tale fiction for adults began in the 20th century (with the stories of Angela Carter and Tanith Lee), and The Starlit Wood is proof that the revival is still going strong. Editors Parisien and Wolfe have brought a wide range of writers together to blaze new trails through the dark of the woods. Whether you’re passionate about fairy tales, like I am, or haven’t read them since childhood, I recommend this excellent anthology. I simply loved it.
  • Jeff VanderMeer: “A classy, smart, and entertaining volume of stories put together with consummate care—and featuring the best and most exciting fantasy writers working in the field today.”
  • Jonathan Carroll: “Lots of strange and wonderful goings-on in THE STARLIT WOOD. Fairy tales you thought you’d left behind in childhood are back in some very poignant, sly and original versions that will touch the “Wow!” in most readers.”

More Neat Things!


Alice in Wonderland Syndrome Essay at Uncanny

I have been waiting most of my life to write this essay.

For the longest time I didn’t know how, because I lacked the language and the understanding for it. About six months ago I was reading articles on Lewis Carroll and I stumbled on a phenomenon I’ve been trying to explain since childhood: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome. It was a revelation to me.

I decided to write about it. Initially I was simply going to post it online, but I shared the essay with a few friends and they told me I should send it out on submission. My co-editor, Navah Wolfe, suggested Uncanny Magazine, a magazine I love. To my great surprise the editors loved it, and now here it is, online for everyone to read.

“Growing Up In Wonderland” is a deeply personal essay about my experience with Alice in Wonderland Syndrome. In it I discuss the condition, other elements of my disability, fairy tales, and how all of it has affected my career.

I had a bad Alice in Wonderland Syndrome episode last night, as well as a convulsive episode. I slept maybe an hour. These things happen often, but last night it just seemed weirdly fitting.

Uncanny’s podcast interviewer, Deborah Stanish, also interviewed me about the essay. She had some excellent questions, and I was a bit surprised by my responses. I tend not to share all that much about my medical condition online, but writing the essay seems to have made me more comfortable with sharing details about it.

My section starts at 54:00 and I talk for a few minutes about the essay. Navah and I were also interviewed about The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which starts right after my section. Deborah had some great questions about the book and our process for the project.