The "Mythic Fiction" anthology series presents original fiction for Young Adult readers, exploring classic themes of myth and folklore from around the world. Cover and interior art is by the award-winning illustrator Charles Vess.
Winner of the World Fantasy Award, this collection contains fiction and poetry inspired by the Green Man legend and other myths of the woodland. The authors who contributed to the volume are M. Shayne Bell, Emma Bull, Michael Cadnum, Charles de Lint, Carolyn Dunn, Carol Emshwiller, Jeffrey Ford, Neil Gaiman, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kathe Koja, Tanith Lee, Bill Lewis, Gregory Maguire, Patricia A. McKillip, Delia Sherman, Midori Snyder, Katherine Vaz, and Jane Yolen.
"The spirit of the forest is celebrated in stories and poems by 18 well-known authors and talented newcomes, in another fine fantasy collection by Datlow and Windling. The leafy incarnation of the title appears in various guises in most of the stories; sometimes mischievous or vengeful, for the most part he brings healing and renewal, often to troubled adolescents….Overall the tone is dreamlike and meditative, like a drowsy afternoon in the woods. This collection is a treasure trove for readers and teachers exploring themes of ecology and folklore." — Kirkus Review
Nominated for the World Fantasy Award (and containing Kelly Link's World Fantasy Award, Nebula Award, and Hugo Award winning story "The Faery Handbag"), this anthology features fiction and poetry inspired by faery folklore -- and by the myths of similar nature spirits from cultures around the world. The writers who contributed to the volume are Steve Berman, Holly Black, Emma Bull, Bill Congreve, Charles de Lint, A.M. Dellamonica, Jeffrey Ford, Gregory Frost, Nan Fry, Neil Gaiman, Bruce Glassco, Hiromi Goto, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Kelly Link, Patricia A. McKillip, Ellen Steiber, Delia Sherman and Katherine Vaz.
"[W]hat most impressed me about The Faery Reel is the variety of stories the editors have managed to find, and the consistency of quality of those stories. There are no duds here and the best stories— the Link, Ford, Sherman, Black, and Steiber tales -- are almost certain to be amongst the best fantasy stories published this year, and The Faery Reel itself looks set to be the best original fantasy anthology of the year." — Jonathan Strahan in Locus Magazine
Nominated for the World Fantasy Award (and containing Kij Johnson's World Fantasy Award nominated tale "The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change"), this volume features stories and poems inspired by trickster myths and legends from around world. The writers who contributed to the volume are Kim Antieau, Christopher Barzak, Steve Berman, Jedediah Berry, Holly Black, Richard Bowes, Michael Cadnum, Charles de Lint, Carolyn Dunn, Carol Emshwiller, Jeffrey Ford, Theodora Goss, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kij Johnson, Ellen Klages, Ellen Kushner, Kelly Link, Patricia A. McKillip, Pat Murphy, Delia Sherman, Will Shetterly, Midori Snyder, Caroline Stevermer, Katherine Vaz, Elizabeth Wein and Jane Yolen.
"Featuring stories from a stunning variety and number of writers, this latest anthology from Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling focuses on the trickster myth--perhaps the most fertile folktale for these kinds of 'retellings'. Highlights include Kelly Link's 'The Constable of Abal,' Jedediah Berry 's 'The Other Labyrinth,' and the wonderfully-titled 'The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change' by Kij Johnson....A long, informative introduction by Terri Windling sets out the origins and permutations of the trickster myth, while recommended reading lists add additional value. Clearly the one of the best of the Datlow-Windling fairy tale anthologies, The Coyote Road should be required reading not just for a young adult audience but for anyone who loves a good tale told well." — Jeff VanderMeer in Realms of Fantasy
The fourth volume in the Mythic Fiction series contains beastly brides, animal bridegrooms, shape-shifters, were-creatures, and other stories of animal-human transformation from world mythology. The authors who have contributed to the book are Christopher Barzak, Peter Beagle, Steve Berman, Richard Bowes, Carol Emshwiller, Jeffrey Ford, Gregory Frost, Nan Fry, Jeanine Hall Gailey, Terra Gearheart, Hiromi Goto, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Steward Moore, Shweta Narayan, Johanna Sinisalo, Lucius Shepard, Delia Sherman, Midori Snyder, E. Catherine Tobler, Jane Yolen, and Marly Youmans."Readers of a Datlow/Windling anthology have certain expectations: that the thick volume will include stories by writers both known and new; that headpieces for each tale will be Vess’s sinuously evocative drawings; that a fully formed introduction will lay out the collection’s parameters; that notes and a bit of biography will follow each story; and that an excellent bibliography will be included. The 22 writers include Jane Yolen, Ellen Kushner, , Tanith Lee and Peter S. Beagle, among others. Delia Sherman’s 'The Selkie Speaks' allows a seal maiden to tell her own tale; Terra L. Gearhart-Serna brings a trickster’s sly voice and a little Spanish into her first published writing, 'Coyote and Valarosa.' Marly Youmans turns to glassmaking and the Blue Ridge Mountains for the intensely romantic 'The Salamander’s Fire.' The three interwoven motifs of these tales, inspired by many cultures, are beings who shape-shift between animal and human of their own will, who are transformed as a curse or enchantment and who are both human and animal yet wholly neither. Rich reading that meets the editors’ high standards." -- Kirkus Review