Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy

By Ellen Datlow

"Gaslamp Fantasy," or ancient fable set in a paranormal model of the 19th century, has lengthy been well-liked by readers and writers alike. a couple of exceptional fable novels, together with Stardust through Neil Gaiman, Jonathan unusual and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and The Prestige through Christopher Priest, owe their idea to works via nineteenth-century writers starting from Jane Austen, the Brontës, and George Meredith to Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and William Morris. And, in fact, the full steampunk style and culture owes greater than a bit to literature encouraged via this period.

Queen Victoria's publication of Spells is an anthology for everybody who loves those works of neo-Victorian fiction, and needs to discover the wide range of how that smooth fantasists are utilizing nineteenth-century settings, characters, and issues. those methods stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope encouraged works that a few critics name delusion of Manners, all of which have compatibility below the bigger umbrella of Gaslamp delusion. the result's eighteen tales by way of specialists from the fable, horror, mainstream, and younger grownup fields, together with either bestselling writers and intriguing new abilities resembling Elizabeth undergo, James Blaylock, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Delia Sherman, and Catherynne M. Valente, who current a bewitching imaginative and prescient of a 19th century invested (or cursed!) with magic.
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