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Good news, everyone!1

Cabinet des Fées has moved to a new host, so update your bookmarks to! Also, do visit and check out the beautifully sleek new scheme: I'm still completely enamored of the header with apple.

Also, you can now purchase the third print volume of Cabinet des Fées from Amazon. Not only is the TOC a basket of temptation (Veronica Schanoes! Virginia M. Mohlere! Catherine Knutsson!), but the cover is lovely:

Lovely Charles Vess cover is lovely.

See [personal profile] erzebet's official announcement (including a note about future print publications from Cabinet des Fées) at [profile] cabinetdefees.

1. I am literally incapable of seeing this phrase without my inner narrator speaking in Professor Farnsworth's voice.
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This past week has been a mess: my stepdad died and my family is devastated.

I have been scarce, but I did manage to put some content up for your poetry-reading and interview pleasure at Cabinet des Fées to celebrate the tail-end of National Poetry Month. For previews, check out [profile] cabinetdesfees.

For now, I'll just tell you that Seanan McGuire has stopped by, along with Amal El-Mohtar. Oh, and I believe that a certain Cat (of the Valente genus) isn't far behind...

As always, you can find the posts at Cabinet des Fées.

This entry was originally posted on Livejournal. You can comment here or there.
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I've recently been reading through Cabinet de Fées' back-catalogue, catching up on the Scheherezade's Bequest issues that I hadn't yet made the opportunity to read in full. I'm planning on bringing you a free fiction post - hopefully next Friday - featuring the highlights of all nine issues of Scheherezade's Bequest, spanning 2005 to the present. There is some great work in those digital pages, and I can't wait to share with you the best.

So, since I've been caught up in that, I don't really have anything to offer in the way of free fiction this week. Instead, I'm bringing free visual content to your attention. In this case, a free web serial!

I am talking about The Guild: Felicia Day's initially crowdfunded YouTube-based webseries (now available in many more places!) starring herself, Jeff Lewis, Sandeep Parikh (to name a few) and following the real-life misadventures of a group of incredibly maladjusted and codependent people as they play a MMORPG and try, in twisted ways, to socialize.

It's satire, it's hilarious, and you'll need to be a gamer to some extent (or rather familiar with gamers) to really appreciate it. I just watched it for the first time this week myself, though I'd been vaguely familiar with its existence for some time. I'm really surprised I waited so long to check it out, given my latent gamerhood.*

If you game (mostly MMORPG) and appreciate pop culture satire and you haven't yet seen it, you should watch now:

The Guild! (Season 1, on YouTube.)

(And, hell... even if you have seen it, you should watch it again! Also: WTB merch stat!)

* Not so latent just now given the recent drop of FFXIII (anyone else here playing?). Still, the only MMORPGs I've really played to any extent were Asheron's Call, City of Heroes, and World of Warcraft. While I enjoyed the camaraderie of playing with my friends and family, I was never invested enough to keep up with them and stick to a regular gaming schedule.

This entry was originally posted at Livejournal. You can comment here or there.
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Happy news! The March issue of EMG-Zine, all about dance, is now live: within its pages, you will find my very short story "When Death Dances." Please, do give the magazine a read-through! And, if you've a mind, tell me what you think of my sort-of fairy tale about dance and La Muerta.

I've recently begun blogging for Cabinet des Fées, although both of my early blogs have been reviews of one kind or another. I'm incredibly grateful to Erzebet for the opportunity to do so, and hope all of you will check Cabinet des Fées often (or join [profile] cabinetdesfees , where the notifications come to you) to see what new content has gone up between official issues. I'm not the only contributor: besides my two reviews linked below, Donna Quattrone has reviewed Impossible by Nancy Werlin.

My first blog went up on February 17th, and contains a rather personal look at the fairy tale "Brother and Sister" through the lens of Terri Windling's poetry and Lisa Stock's short film:

I remember, perhaps ten years ago, first reading Terri Windling’s "Brother and Sister." I was in college, on my own for the first time and, in several private ways, learning what it was to survive. It was the afternoon, golden light sliding through autumn trees and filtering through an unclothed window. I was thumbing through one of my favorite sites, The Endicott Studio, and there it was.

"do you remember, brother / those days in the wood…"

I read, rapt. I read again. And then I abandoned that cold dorm room of linoleum and concrete for the college green with its fringe of wood. I ached to leap and run, but I settled for hugging my goosebumped-arms and walking down to the white gazebo near the pond with its overgrown banks. Perhaps I wrote some; perhaps I only dreamed. Windling’s words rattled inside me, sowing fierce joy and nettling discontent.

[Read the rest of the article at this link.]

My second blog post, which went up just yesterday, covers Syfy's announcement that their new brand of Saturday Night Original Movies will be re-imagined fairy tales and the rather awful Beauty and the Beast that served as their launch piece:

Most of you are probably already aware of Syfy’s new Saturday night original movie plans: seeking fertile ground after endless iterations of disaster movies and mega-monsters, Syfy has turned their sights on fairy tales, legendary figures, and classic children’s literature.

It’s not completely surprising: Syfy’s airing of Tin Man in 2007 and Alice last year suggested a quiet testing of the waters, feeling for viewer response to dark re-imaginings of familiar childhood tales. I haven’t seen Tin Man, the bleak and fantastical riff on The Wizard of Oz starring Zooey Daschanel, but I’ve heard it wasn’t a waste. Its ratings were phenomenal (for Syfy) and it was nominated for several Emmys, one of which it won. This past December, I was fully immersed in the fan response to the grungy and noirish Alice starring Caterina Scorsone and Andrew Lee Potts — Alice in Wonderland post-legendary age, basically — and there is a relatively small, yet dedicated and thriving fanbase. Critical reception, on the other hand, has been much more tepid. (For my part, I thought Alice had great potential, but that’s a topic for a future review.)

[Read the rest of the article at this link.]

Discussion is keen! Share any thoughts you might have over in the comments sections at Cabinet des Fées!

This entry was originally posted at Livejournal on March 3rd, 2010. You can comment here or there.
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Cabinet des Fées is one of my favorite fairy tale-oriented publications on the Internet today: between this webzine edited by Erzebet Yellowboy and then Goblin Fruit under the auspices of Amal El-Mohtar and Jessica Paige Wick, some of the sadness left by the closing of Endicott Studio's The Journal of Mythic Arts in 2008 has abated.

Cabinet des Fées recently switched to formally updating three times a year, which means we get three issues of Scheherezade's Bequest with each turn of the wheel! This is a fine thing indeed: three issues full of poetry and prose, all tangled in the fairy tale aesthetic. The publication is pretty much guaranteed to offer new perspectives, old tales thrown askew. I'm ever eager to see what Erz brings in her basket: always the sweetest fruit, and the wicked too.

With the January 2010 update, Cabinet des Fées also debuted a new skin: dense and luscious, the fresh layout reminds me of all the excellent content already published there (Folkpunk 101! Interviews with Mike Allen and the Goblin Fruit ladies!) and leaves me eager for future updates. Plus, that title banner is lovely and the bright red apple in its center the most appropriate touch.

I'm sure you've realized by now that this week's highlights involve exhorting you to read Cabinet des Fées! Really, the whole site is worthy of your close perusal, especially if you're interested in fairy tales and folklore. Indeed, allow me now to segue into discussing my favorite pieces from the ninth issue of Scheherezade's Bequest:

Among the poetry selections for this issue, I found four particularly worthy of mention. "Tahlia, Risen" by Joshua Gage is a beautifully composed reflection on "Sun, Moon, and Talia" with a shivery, macabre turn at the close. "Bad Mothers" by Anne Brannen appeals to my "wicked girls saving themselves" sensibility, though I was at first surprised by the selfishness espoused by the narrator at the end; upon reflection, however, a little selfishness and hermit-like behavior is fair enough. "Song at a Cottage Door" by Megan Arkenberg inspired a gleeful exclamation of "Oh, I love this!" Really, it could be the beginning of a cautionary tale or a grand adventure, or both. Christopher W. Clark's "At the Palace of the North Wind" is a gorgeous piece about the life cycles of winds and the Lapland Witches.

I found nearly all of the fiction to be outstanding, beginning with the deliciously charged vignette "Her Heart Would Surely Break in Two," in which Michelle Labbé gives us a lesbian interpretation of "The Goose Girl." Anna Yardney's "In the Forest of Thorn" was also a lovely subversion, this time of the "Sleeping Beauty" trope, where we discover that, sometimes, perhaps it's best to let sleeping princesses lie. The last story, "The Wolf I Want" was a truly compelling and visceral retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" and, while it gave me pause in the beginning, it left me growlingly delighted by the end.

Also, I'd really like to given an honorable mention to "Nor Yet Feed the Swine" by Keyan Bowes - it had the makings of an excellent story and was not bad at all. I just felt that it would be even better expanded into a novel and not squished into a short story.

If you've read this issue of Scheherezade's Bequest, what did you think?

This entry originally posted at Livejournal on January 29th, 2010. You can comment here or there.
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A new edition of Cabinet des Fées is now live with many marvelous wonders therein! Not only is there a full complement of fascinating poetry and prose awaiting to ensnare you in Scheherezade's Bequest No. 8, but [personal profile] erzebet makes a number of pleasure-inducing announcements.

The first is that Cabinet des Fées will be adding an edition to the schedule, bringing your yearly infusion up to the magical number of three. Yes, a third again the number of excellent creativity and reviews!

Furthermore, the blog at Cabinet des Fées will shortly be more dynamic, featuring guest bloggers and interviews and short essays, oh my. Check out Erzebet's editorial to see who will be featured soon.

And, finally, I reviewed The King of Elfland's Daughter for this month's edition:

Anyone truly interested in the heritage of modern fantasy literature can hardly have missed hearing the name Lord Dunsany: for it is this man, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, who was one of the pioneers of the genre. Born in London on July 24th, 1878, he went on to be a marvelous jack of all trades — among them pistol-shooting champion, remarkable chess player, loyal and experienced soldier, and prolific writer — who produced over sixty books of plays, poems, essays, and stories during his lifetime. One of these books is The King of Elfland’s Daughter, written in 1924.

The King of Elfland’s Daughter begins with the plan of the Parliament of Erl to get themselves a “magic lord,” for they all desire their beloved valley to become great in the minds and memories of all men. Bowing to their fervent wish and sure of their foolishness, their Lord sends his only son into Elfland to find a bride there. Finding not only a bride but that a surprisingly long time has passed in the “fields we know,” young Alveric returns to rule in his father’s place and begets a son with his fair Lirazel: a son who has both the blood of the fields we know and of Elfland, beyond our ken. What follows is strange and terrible, earthly and fey. Lirazel blows away, unicorns are hunted for sport, all manner of fiendish fairies cavort among the homes of men, Alveric becomes a grey wanderer, and a witch sweeps out the world. [Read the rest of the review at this link.]
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From [personal profile] erzebet (lovely editrix of Cabinet des Fées*):

Speaking of sentences**, the mythic/fairy tale anthology In The Telling (in which we find a title by an author whose work I happen to love) might not see the light of day due to low pre-sales. Times are hard and selling poetry is always hard, but I know that the people who read this blog are huge supporters of poetry and mythic fiction in general.

From the website:
"In the Telling celebrates the art of storytelling—whether the making of myth or the stories we tell ourselves to bring narrative and shape to the lives we leave. These fine narrative pieces in lyric form showcase the poetic talents of some of the most interesting emerging poets from Wales, the UK and the world. Woven together by skilled editors, both experienced poets, this array of stories become a poetic journey of meaning found in the telling."

Please visit Cinnamon Press (scroll down until you read the blurb for In The Telling) and, if it moves you, support this wonderful cause.

* Cabinet des Fées lately got an amazing make-over thanks to the designing prowess of [personal profile] erzebet! Check it out-- these are new clothes I guarantee you'll see the grandeur of! ;)

** [personal profile] erzebet also recently made a fascinating post about the power of stories, the essence of which can be distilled into one hard-hitting sentence. Join in the discussion!
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March 4th, 2009, sees a new edition of Cabinet des Fées online. I haven't had time to fully appreciate the new offerings up at Scheherezade's Bequest, but I can tell you that I've read [ profile] shadesong's poem "Twelve" and it is marvelous. Bloodthirsty and marvelous!

My debut review with Cabinet des Fées is online with this update as well, a look into the intriguing fairy tales of Oscar Wilde:

Oscar Wilde is well known for his wit, his plays, his poetry, his scary aging portrait, and the trials regarding his homosexuality — famous perhaps for everything he's ever done except his fairy tales. Well, here's a tidbit for you: those fairy tales represented one of his first major works to see print in the form of The Happy Prince and Other Stories published in 1888. Jack Zipes even suggests, in his excellent afterword to the Signet Classic edition, that it was in the deceptively simple, evocatively rich, and satire-ready language of fairy tales that Wilde first began developing his unique voice. [Read the rest of the review at this link.]
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As of September 1st, 2008, a lovely new issue of Cabinet des Fées' online journal has gone live!

My poem "My Small Army of Souls" appears in this issue of Scheherezade's Bequest (the online treasure trove of Cabinet des Fées), along with a host of other quite intriguing and wonderful fairy tale poems and flash fiction.

(Note: My poem was inspired by Elise Mattheson's bracelet of the same name.)

In addition, there's an excellent essay by Mia Nutick on her brilliant [ profile] chimera_fancies pendants. (By the way, fair readers, there is going to be a [ profile] chimera_fancies sale next Monday at 6 PM PST. Be ready!)

This update also included the addition of Folkpunk 101 and Book Review* sections and an interesting interview with [ profile] tithenai and [ profile] mer_moon, the fascinating editrices of Goblin Fruit.

Check it out!

* I'll be contributing book reviews to Cabinet des Fées in future updates.

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