Boondocks Fantasy

From vampires within the Appalachians and leprechauns within the Smokies to mermaids within the Mississippi and bloodthirsty trolls in an Alabama trailer park the South makes a special atmosphere for the 20 tales during this anthology of redneck vampires, werewolves, wizards, elves, and different creatures.

Featuring unique tales by means of Gene Wolfe, Timothy Zahn, Chris Pierson, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Steven Savile, Elizabeth A. Vaughan, Jay Lake, Anton Strout, and plenty of extra.

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Friesner Death and the Lady Judith Tarr The Changeling’s Tale Michael Swanwick Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros Peter S. Beagle Beauty and the Opera or the Phantom Beast Suzy McKee Charms * * * * Preface Fantasy has probably existed ever since the Cro-Magnons told stories around the fire in the deep caves of Lascaux and Altamira and Rouffignac—and perhaps even for considerably longer than that, for who knows what tales the Neanderthals told around their fires during the long Ice Age nights, thousands of years earlier?

A lot you care if you ruin business. ” And he furiously ripped the green hat to pieces and hurled them at the gnome. “I’m really sorry you did that,” the little fellow said calmly, his huge ears treading water without the slightest increase of pace to indicate his anger. “We Little Folk have no tempers to lose. Nevertheless, occasionally we find it necessary to discipline certain of your people, in order to retain our dignity. ” With his arms still folded in great dignity, the tiny water gnome flipped his vast ears and disappeared in a neat surface dive.

What would Esther say—if she knew, of course. And, of course, he would not tell her. ” he sneered. ” He clamped a new blade into his razor, opened the tube of shaving cream, and stared objectively at the mirror. The dominant feature of the soft, chubby face that stared back was its ugly black stubble; but he set his stubborn chin and glowered. He really looked quite fierce and indomitable. Unfortunately, Esther never saw his face in that uncharacteristic pose, otherwise she would speak more softly.

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