Twenty-two captivating stories where queer culture and fey folklore meet! Lambda Award-nominated editor Steve Berman brings together acclaimed fantasy writers with some of the brightest names in speculative and LGBT fiction to create tales that are moving and magical. Fauns, selkies, and elves cavort and cajole in these pages. These stories of romance and grief, adolescence and identity, struggle and hope will enchant readers who long for a fantastic escape—and a wonderful twist! Includes work by such award-winning and best-selling authors as Chris Barzak, Richard Bowes, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare.
"Explores both meanings of the word fairy, using the age-old themes of folklore to tell stories relevant to gay and lesbian life today... The 22 authors in this book have taken the threads of old folk tales and woven them into modern adult fairy stories about men who love men, women who love women, and mortals who love creatures of magic. The stories range from light to dark, whimsical to disturbing, introspective to erotic. Berman has mixed tales by talented newcomers with those by long-established, award-winning authors. A few stories are set in fairyland, or take us back in history, but most of the tales unfold in towns, cities, and suburbs much like our own, in places where fairy magic casts its glow on modern life. These are stories for all readers who have ever loved or desired what they've been told that they must not--whether that's men, or women, or stories of fairies long after childhood is done."--Terri Windling, co-editor of The Faery Reel
"Something more than a collection of short stories. Perhaps it's the connection with the faeries of folklore that causes this particular anthology to take on a little more depth, a little more meaning, a little more richness than are apparent at first glance.... Berman deserves congratulations, and if he wants to do another volume, it will find a ready audience here."--Green Man Review