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

By Ellen Datlow

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

Queen Victoria's booklet of Spells is an anthology for everybody who loves those works of neo-Victorian fiction, and needs to discover the big variety of the way that glossy 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 lower than the bigger umbrella of Gaslamp delusion. the result's eighteen tales by way of specialists from the delusion, horror, mainstream, and younger grownup fields, together with either bestselling writers and fascinating new abilities reminiscent of 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.
A Kirkus stories Best Fiction publication of 2013

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To an idle observer now, they weren't relatively awesome, for town was once of moderate sophistication, and within the hotter season stuffed via viewers, who loved to peruse its collapsed citadel and Norman church. alongside the cobbled roads, bumping and jouncing, ran steam wheelers, and clockwork carriages, many drawn through a couple of ferrous-iron horses. through evening steam-neons may gleam. If now not London, it had stored speed with the days. within the inn, after the standard preliminaries, within which Primos enchanted the caged canary by way of perfectly copying its music, the 2 males rode the pump-actioned carry to an higher flooring.

You appear to be a puppy that’s misplaced its bone. You’ve had one kiss, and in case you can capture me, I’ll provide you with one other! ” Then I jumped up, giggling, and ran again towards the village, around the fields, less than a blue sky with flying clouds. approximately “Estella Saves the Village” i'm leave out Havisham—sort of. just like the lady who calls herself pass over Havisham in my tale, i'm a school professor focusing on Victorian literature, and I’ve usually considered the miserable conclusions of many tales from that period.

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I do know he'll be an outstanding and conformable husband to me, for he's very dutiful. Is it unsuitable of me to wish his love to boot? i'm Queen of britain, however it will suggest not anything if i will not be Queen of ALBERT’S center. At this element, i'm less stunned through Victoria’s ardour than she is. She’s constantly had it in her—all her heavy underlines, her violent hates and her no much less violent enthusiasms, her sensual get pleasure from song and dancing and nutrition, point out that she’s extra like her Uncle King George IV than she is aware.

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