The Secret History of Fantasy

Shhhh. The secret is out.

Fantasy is more than just sword-and-sorcery novels of epic adventures. Here are innovative tales where mythology, fairy tales, and archetypes are reimagined into a new style of storytelling.

Anthologist Peter S. Beagle knows fantasy. The author of the inventive fantasy novel The Last Unicorn and the introduction to The Lord of the Rings now introduces the gifted writers that returned to the classics and thoroughly redefined the genre: Gregory Maguire, Francesca Lia Block, Robert Holdstock, Patricia McKillip, and Steven Millhauser, and others who have lead the way to expanding imaginative frontiers.

From the depths of a dangerous English forest to the top of the Tower of Babel, on a caffeinated journey to the empire of ice cream, discover The Secret History of Fantasy.

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3 Comments

  1. Best reprint collection this year! This book is simply the best collection of reprint stories this year. It’s worth the price simply to read Octavia Butler’s ‘Book Of Martha’, but there isn’t a weak story here. The tales collected just go from strength to strength. Some stories, such as the King, Gaiman, & Holstock selections were old friends but there were many I’d never read before and some I’d come close to forgetting. I was also particularly impressed with the Ford, Beagle and McHugh tales. 

  2. A Declaration of Independence from Tolkien Peter S. Beagle’s compendium of stories is a major critical statement on fantasy as a genre. Beagle has put together this collection by some of the best contemporary fantasy writers to prove, and to encourage, the existence of excellent fantasy that doesn’t imitate Tolkien. 

  3. Truly satisfying To borrow an overused simile, a short story collection is like a box of chocolates. Each morsel is different, and you never know what you’re going to get. If that is true, then The Secret History of Fantasy is like a box of the finest chocolates ever put together; I have never read such a well chosen collection. I particularly enjoyed Peter Beagle’s thought provoking “Sleight of Hand” and Kij Johnson’s inspiring “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss.” Any fan of fantasy who hasn’t read Steven…

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