The Best of British Fantasy 2019: An Introduction |

The Best of British Fantasy 2019: An Introduction |

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The Best of British Fantasy 2019 contains two dozen tales of the weird and wonderful: featuring pensive houses, angry gods, ghosts, monsters, living statues, were-creatures, sorcerers, swordsmen, spells, skeletons, and, of course, the end of the world.  Stories by Lavie Tidhar, Eliza Chan, Kirsty Logan, Chikodili Emelumadu, Maura McHugh, Heather Parry, Gareth Rees, Sara Saab, Natalia Theodoridou, and many more. We are pleased to welcome its editor, Jared Shurin, to talk a bit more about it today. “Someone will be along to dig you out.”: The Best of British Fantasy 2019 The best metaphor for a ‘year’s best’ anthology is the parable of the blind men and the elephant. As you may remember, each of the blind men touches a different part of the elephant and immediately, if justifiably, believes they know the entire nature of the beast. The man holding the tail thinks an elephant is like a rope, the one touching the leg thinks it is a tree, the one holding the trunk assumes it is serpentine. All, according to their experience, are correct. Yet every one is also, objectively, wrong. It is only by collecting enough blind men that we can begin to understand the true nature of […]

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