The Beastly Bride: And Other Tales of the Animal People

Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling

Language: English

Pages: 316

ISBN: 2:00218942

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


What do werewolves, vampires, and the Little Mermaid have in common? They are all shapechangers. In The Beastly Bride, acclaimed editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling bring together original stories and poems from a stellar lineup of authors including Peter S. Beagle, Ellen Kushner, Jane Yolen, Lucius Shepard, and Tanith Lee, as well as many new, diverse voices. Terri Windling provides a scholarly, yet accessible introduction, and Charles Vess's decorations open each story. From Finland to India, the Pacific Northwest to the Hamptons, shapechangers are part of our magical landscape--and The Beastly Bride is sure to be one of the most acclaimed anthologies of the year.

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got to hold him. It’s nice, but in truth I like kids better when they’re standing up and talking. There’s a wonderful stuffed ocelot that I’m planning to give him. It could as easily be a margay. Selesta will be good with that. Ruth was there in a motorized wheelchair with her care-giver. “A perfectly normal baby,” said the very discreet doctor. “Meaning he doesn’t have a tail,” said Joan quietly when the doctor left. “Not yet, anyway,” murmured Ruth. RICHARD BOWES has written five novels,

serene and shimmering with reflected light, might have been an illustration in a book of fairy tales. I thought about pointing this out to Doyle, but I restrained myself—he would have told me to quit talking like a homo. Clouds blew in from the east, covering the stars, and we fell silent. All I could hear were dogs barking in the distance and that ambient hum that seems to run throughout the American night. I asked what he was thinking and he said, “Taunton.” “Jesus, Doyle. Here.” I flipped

porpoise’s grace, snooze winter away in a bear cub’s den? Many books for young readers explore the common childhood desire to run wild with the animals, from Rudyard Kip-ling’s The Jungle Bookto Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are—but even better than dancing with the wolves would be to have the power to become an animal oneself. T. H. White tapped into this fantasy in his Arthurian classic, The Once and Future King. Here, Merlin educates the young Arthur by transforming him into a

take care. I have a daughter about your age. I live by myself, except my daughter comes here for the summer. If I show those pictures I took of you around, you’re in trouble. Everybody will be after you. They’ll chase you wherever you try to hide. You ought to go back up into the hills and let yourself be a legend like the rest of your people are. I’ll hang on to these pictures until you get well away.” “But I don’t know my people. I’ve never met my father. My mother’s one of your kind. Molly

just her . . . “Masako-chan?” her mother croaked. “Masako-chan . . . you’ve opened your door. After fifteen years. After fifteen years,” her voice quavered in a low wail. Of relief, of sorrow. A strong odor. Sharp. Sweet. A second person, slightly behind her aged mother, stepped forward. The woman, dressed in a navy blue skirt suit, looked like any middle-aged government employee. She even had a name tag clipped to her chest. MORIYA. Her eyes. They were filled with myriad emotions. But

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