Two small things today:
One, Stealing Tales, another very short story up at Daily Science Fiction, loosely inspired by one event in Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen.”
And two, my little poem, Burning, is now available at Wild Musette, with a lovely illustration.
A new story by me up at Fireside Fiction today, The Witch in the Tower.
Two new poems by me out today: Hunter, in Mythic Delirium, and Euryale at the Shore, in Polu Texni. Both came to me when I was contemplating monsters.
In slightly related news, my plans for Worldcon 75, held in Helsinki, Finland this year, are nearly finalized. I’m tentatively scheduled to be on a couple of panels there, including one about speculative poetry. This will be my first trip to Finland – and, if I manage to sneak out to Estonia while I’m there, Estonia. Looking forward to it.
And it’s official – Through Immortal Shadows Singing, from Papaveria Press, is now available at multiple outlets worldwide, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Indiebound.
Up at Daily Science Fiction this morning, a little thing I wrote about a homeowner association and a unicorn. Enjoy!
Also, if for some reason you missed my story, Deathlight, out in Lightspeed Magazine last year, it’s now been turned into an audio play by the folks over at Fancy Pants Gangsters. They have a number of other short audio plays up at their site as well – enjoy!
I’m very pleased to announce that Through Immortal Shadows Singing, my epic novella in poetry, is now available for preorder from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many other retailers!
And by epic, I do mean epic – the 170 pages do include a table of contents and things like that, but this is about 167 pages of poetry.
Here’s the blurb:
Maligned for her beauty, cursed for her role in causing a war, she has rarely been given her chance to tell her tale. Now Helen of Troy’s voice breaks free, offering a new vision in this epic lyrical sequence that follows her journey from Sparta to Troy, from earth to hell, and back. A stunning debut novella from Mari Ness, THROUGH IMMORTAL SHADOWS SINGING will transform your view of Helen and the Trojan War, in a soaring poem of love and war, healing and pain, hatred and triumph.
And here’s two small tastes of the poetry inside:
I walk, knowing that the queen of death
may name me sister, that the
cry of the hunt
shares my blood, that I share a father
with the Fates.
Bone on silver,
silver on bone,
the sound of a harp
the memory of dream.
Available April 25.
The Huntsmen was one of those stories that I wrote because the general concept wouldn’t stop nagging at me: how did the princess of the original tale, collected by the Grimm brothers back in the early 19th century, manage to find eleven women who looked just like her? (It was only after I finished the story that I remembered that the majority of people at the time had no access to corrective lenses, so many people would have been too nearsighted to tell the difference.) And why go to so much effort just to get an unfaithful lover back?
I was so focused on those questions that I more or less ignored the other oddity of the tale – the sudden, never explained entrance of a talking lion. But as I shuffled the lion to the side, he started nagging at me too.
This is the result.
It’s an example of how very often, when writing one story, another one appears. At least in my case.