Category Archives: Words

Bone Dance (first chapter)

Card 0: The Significator: Page of Swords Crowley: The earthy part of air, the fixation of the volatile, the materialization of idea. Subtlety in material things, cleverness in managing practical affairs, especially if they are controversial. Gray: A brown-haired, brown-eyed … Continue reading

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Elsewhere (first chapter)

Chapter 1—On the Elflands Express I knew I was in the Nevernever when I saw a wild elf through the train window. Maybe I said something. Maybe I just stared like a tourist. The armless kid in the seat across … Continue reading

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Solstice (read by author)

Go here. Oh trust me, you’ll love it.

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The High House (first chapter)

Chapter One: THE GREAT HOUSE The High House, Evenmere, that lifts its gabled roofs among tall hills overlooking a country of ivy and hawthorn and blackberries sweet but small as the end of a child’s finger, has seldom been seen … Continue reading

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Finder: A Novel Of The Borderlands (first chapter)

Falling Out of Paradise I remember where I was and what I was doing when Bonnie Prince Charlie was killed. Not that I knew it at the time, of course. But while Charlie was travelling the distance from the Pigeon … Continue reading

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Midsummer (a story)

This time of year, my heart is full. Everything that can bloom is blooming, or has bloomed and fruited already, like mayapple and shooting star and trillium and the flowering trees that line my street. All the plants are up. … Continue reading

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The Chains That You Refuse (read by the author)

Let’s let Robert rave about Elizabeth Bear’s The Chains That You Refuse: ‘There are lots of reasons to get this book. I could go on about every story — there is that much in each of them — but I’d rather … Continue reading

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The Tea Maid And The Tailor (read by the author)

Early in her career, Cathrynne Valente wrote a duology of books, I won’t call them novels as they’re decidedly something else, entitled collectively The Orphan’s Tales which won the 2008 Mythopoeic Award, and its first volume, The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden, won … Continue reading

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War for The Oaks (a movie trailer)

Well for a movie that never got made alas. Emma Bull’s War for The Oaks tells the story of Eddi, a rock and roll musician, that gets caught up in the enternal war between the Summer and Winter Courts of the Fey. You can … Continue reading

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The Empress Of Mars (read by the author)

Kage Baker was an extrodinarie storyteller, be it at a bar serving drinks in full historical garb, or telling her tales of immortal cyborgs who walked through time serving theirvfar guture masters and getting drunk on chocolate, the really good stuff of … Continue reading

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The Surgeon’s Wife (poem)

Catherynne M. Valente penned this poem. I have nothing left to give you. I am shoeless and poor. Earthy-toed rainwater trickles through a hole in my tongue burned there by ragged incantations and gangrenous hunger. Am I awake tonight because … Continue reading

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The Wild Reel: He comes for me when I sleep (excerpt)

Dream in a Field of Wildflowers He comes for me when I sleep. Resplendent atop a huge, ebony-skinned charger, its mane and tail rippling with white fire, he rides surrounded by the squalls of the seasons. I feel the gentle … Continue reading

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Forests of The Heart (excerpt)

Forests of the Heart: Chapter Two: Musgrave Wood – 4 – ​A wave of music, conversational noise, and hot, smoky air greeted Hunter when he pushed open the oak and glass front door of the Harp and stepped inside from the … Continue reading

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The Weaver and The Factory Maid (first chapter)

Unite and unite and let us all unite For summer is a-coming today. (from “Padstow Mayday”) On a bright Saturday afternoon in Cornwall, the Padstow Mayday Celebration was in full swing. The musical part of the annual festivities had begun … Continue reading

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Solstice (full story)

This story is about a small-time rocker full of ambition and careful big plans. She lives for the day when she can come up like thunder on the rest of the herd, so she’s a little stunned to find herself … Continue reading

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