Those Who Make Us

Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay’s anthology Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creatures, Myths, and Monsters (Exile Editions) was released on November 1st, and it includes my story “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins”, which was longlisted for the Carter V. Cooper $10,000 Short Fiction Contest.

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The book received a starred review from Publishers WeeklyThis all-Canadian anthology of fantastical stories, featuring emerging writers alongside award-winning novelists, poets, and playwrights, is original, elegant, often poetic, sometimes funny, always thought-provoking, and a must for lovers of short fiction.

My contribution was, according to the reviewer, one of the standout stories and this is what they had to say about it: Dominik Parisien’s “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins” is an epistolary story that unfolds gracefully, with just the right balance between the sinister and the liberating.

There was a launch earlier this month in Toronto at the See-Scape bar, and it was a lot of fun. We had a huge number of readers (9, I think?) and by the end the bar was over capacity. A very successful event indeed!

The Starlit Wood – One Month Later

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales was released exactly one month ago. How has it fared up to this point? Well, Navah and I are certainly pleased with the results so far! Pretty damn pleased, I’d say. Here’s some of what’s happened since the release day (which was also eventful, as you can see here).

We launched the book at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio, and the response was incredible. Our party suite was full to bursting, and we sold out of books. The launch was a joint party with the fine folks at Uncanny Magazine, and Uncanny’s Michael Damien Thomas proved invaluable in our planning efforts. We were also lucky enough to have some of our authors on hand to celebrate with us and sign books: Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone, Genevieve Valentine, Jeffrey Ford, and Daryl Gregory.

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Some reviews:

  • Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy BlogFor fairy tale aficionados, this volume is a must-read; for those interested in sampling the work of some of the best short fiction writers in sci-fi and fantasy today, it is no less essential.
  • Portland Herald PressClever, touching, frightening, funny and frequently surprising, “The Starlit Wood” shines with magical possibility.
  • Tor.comThe Starlit Wood furthers the conversation that surrounds the evolution of fairy tales in the context of a society that’s removed itself significantly from the world these tales originated from. What are our needs, now, as an audience? You’ll have to wander through the woods (and beyond) to find an answer, but it will be a wondrous journey.
  • Black Gate MagazineAre you searching for that fairy tale feeling in your own reading life? That deepening, that enrichening, that gilding and scarifying and ensorcelling of your inner landscape that changes the way you see the outside world in a myriad small ways?  If so, then The Starlit Wood is the marvel-limned, shadow-skinned, witch-infested, magic-invested place to start.
  • The Little Red ReviewerIf you were ever fascinated by fairy tales as a child, if you have ever read a fairy tale to a child and watched their face light up, this is an anthology for you.

These are in addition to the excellent early press from Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and The Romantic Times, as well as a number of reviews on various blogs.

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Today we also announced the winner of our Twitter draw for the beautiful The Starlit Wood pendant, made by Elise Matthesen. Congratulations, A.C. Wise!


We’ll have some more exciting things to announce soon, so check back!