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Queen Victoria's Book of Spells

An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy

Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Tor Books

“Gaslamp Fantasy,” or historical fantasy set in a magical version of the nineteenth century, has long been popular with readers and writers alike. A number of wonderful fantasy novels, including Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and The Prestige by Christopher Priest, owe their inspiration to works by nineteenth-century writers ranging from Jane Austen, the Brontës, and George Meredith to Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and William Morris. And, of course, the entire steampunk genre and subculture owes more than a little to literature inspired by this period.

Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells is an anthology for everyone who loves these works of neo-Victorian fiction, and wishes to explore the wide variety of ways that modern fantasists are using nineteenth-century settings, characters, and themes. These approaches stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope inspired works that some critics call Fantasy of Manners, all of which fit under the larger umbrella of Gaslamp Fantasy. The result is eighteen stories by experts from the fantasy, horror, mainstream, and young adult fields, including both bestselling writers and exciting new talents such as Elizabeth Bear, James Blaylock, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Delia Sherman, and Catherynne M. Valente, who present a bewitching vision of a nineteenth century invested (or cursed!) with magic. A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013

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QUEEN VICTORIA’S BOOK OF SPELLS
Table of Contents
Preface                                                           Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling                   000
Introduction: Fantasy, Magic, and
Fairyland

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Praise for Queen Victoria's Book of Spells

“A superb sampling of urban fantasy.... You will have fun with all twenty stories.”
Booklist on Naked City

“This is a treasure chest. Open it and revel in its riches.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Faery Reel

“An often sophisticated view of the world [and] a real sense of how powerful nature can be in its various guises.”
School Library Journal on The Green Man

“An enchanting, witty collection of original stories.... This superior volume proves that the notion of modern-day Grimms, Andersens and Wildes isn’t just a fairy tale.”
Publishers Weekly on Black Thorn, White Rose

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

  • Multiple award-winning editor ELLEN DATLOW has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for almost thirty years. She was fiction editor of OMNI magazine and SciFiction and has edited more than fifty anthologies. She lives in New York City.

    TERRI WINDLING is a writer, artist, and book editor interested in myth, folklore, and fairy tales. She lives in a little village at the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, England.

  • Ellen Datlow ©Gregory Frost
    Ellen Datlow
  • Terri Windling ©Alan Lee
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    An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy

    Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

    Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Locus Awards - Nominee, World Fantasy Award - Finalist
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