Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!
No, it’s not the actual queen’s birthday, but the birthday/publication day of the latest book from Ellen Datlow and me: Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells…which has which has already received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. (For a list of authors in the book, go here.) Ellen and I have chosen the term “Gaslamp Fantasy” rather than the other common appelation, “Victorian Fantasy” — for in fact these stories can be set at any time during the 19th century, from the Regency years at the century’s start to Queen Victoria’s reign at the end. Steampunk fiction is part of this genre, but there are other kinds of Gaslamp Fantasy too — including historical fantasy (without Steampunk gadgets and googles), dark fantasy with a gothic bent, fantastical romance and mystery, and Fantasy of Manners: a brand of magical fiction that owes more to Jane Austen, William Thackeray, and Anthony Trollope than to C.S.Lewis and J.R. R. Tolkien.
As a fantasy lover, Jane Austen addict, Victorianist, and obsessive Pre-Raphaelite fan, this is a book I’ve long wanted to create, with all of these passion explored in its pages. The authors here range from award winners and bestsellers to rising new talent (as is usual for our books), and every one them tackled the theme in deliciously different and surprising ways.
The book is available, as of today, in hardcover, paperback, and ebook editions.
Information on various Queen V events can be found on the Myth & Moor blog.
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