What is Phantazein, I hear you ask? Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the slush… While reading for the unthemed Insert Title Here, several stories emerged as working very well together, with a strong sense of unity between them. To include all these wonderful pieces in Insert Title Here would have unbalanced that book, but given I’m a boutique publisher and can do things as and when they take my fancy, I decided to create an entirely new project, just for them! I call this the “Faith Mudge effect”, because Faith’s stories have now been the catalyst of two entirely new projects sprung from slushpiles 🙂
The title, Phantazein, is both the root word of the word “fantasy” and has its own meaning of “to appear”, which I think is most apt!. The astonishing Kathleen Jennings has agreed to create a cover for the book, and I’m very excited about this project – I hope you will be too!
|Tansy Rayner Roberts||The love letters of swans|
|Rabia Gale||The village of no women|
|Jenny Blackford||Golden Eyes|
|Suzanne J. Willis||Rag and bone heart|
|Nicole Murphy||A Cold Day|
|Vida Cruz||How the Jungle Got Its Spirit Guardian|
|Charlotte Nash||The Ghost of Hephaestus|
|Cat Sparks||The Seventh Relic|
|Foz Meadows||Dragon poem|
I’m still negotiating on another story for the book, so hopefully we will have more to add to that fantastic lineup, but I’m really looking forward to bringing this anthology to you at Conflux in October!