Review: The New Voices of Fantasy

The New Voices of Fantasy spotlights nineteen breakout writers who are reinventing fantasy right now. Usman T. Malik, Sofia Samatar, Eugene Fischer, E. Lily Yu, Ben Loory, Maria Dahvana Headley, Ursula Vernon, Max Gladstone, and other emerging talents have been hand-picked by fantasy legend Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn) and genre expert Jacob Weisman (Treasury of the Fantastic). International, cross-cultural, and fearless, many of these rising stars have just or are about to publish their first novels and collections. They bring you childhood stories gone wrong, magical creatures in heat, a building that’s alive and full of waiters, love, ducks, and a new take on a bloodsucking fiend. (via Goodreads)

I really enjoyed the New Voices of Fantasy anthology.

“Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” needs a trigger warning for murder, anti-chinese slurs, and cannibalism. “Selkie Stories are for Losers” needs a TW for suicide mention, suicide attempt by nonMC

One of my favorites was A.C. Wise’s The Practical Witch’s Guide to Acquiring Real Estate. It was stunning and delightful.

The Haunting of Apollo A7LB was also really awesome. I loved the idea of the spacesuit, and what goes on.

Carmen Maria Machado’s The Husband Stitch was familiar to me, as a fan of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – pulling from several familiar tales, but putting her own stunning twist into it, and making us care deeply for the girl with the ribbon, instead of having her be an oddity.

I really enjoyed the New Voices of Fantasy anthology and I look forward to what comes next from each of these authors!

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