Books start to feel real when you send back the final edits and then you get the blurb from your publisher. If I wasn’t so tired from typing up edits and the Most Awesome Wedding of Jason Nahrung and Kirstyn McDermott last night (MC’d by Dr Kim Wilkins, attended by Sean Williams, Alison Goodman and loads of other writers and normal people – why, yes, there was a bit of spec-fic royalty about it), I would be Snoopy Dancing.
Welcome to the beautiful magic, restless passion and exquisite horror of Angela Slatter’s impeccably imagined tales.
In the cathedral-city of Lodellan and its uneasy hinterland, babies are fashioned from bread, dolls are given souls and wishes granted may be soon regretted. There are ghosts who dream, men whose wings have been clipped and trolls who long for something other. Love, loss and life are elegantly dissected in Slatter’s earthy yet poetic prose.
As Rob Shearman says in his Introduction: ‘Sourdough and Other Stories manages to be grand and ambitious and worldbuilding – but also as intimate and focused as all good short fiction should be. . . .The joy of Angela Slatter’s book is that she’s given us a set of fairy tales that are at once both new and fresh, and yet feel as old as storytelling itself.’
1. Introduction by Robert Shearman
2. The Shadow Tree
4. Little Radish
6. The Navigator
7. The Angel Wood
9. The Story of Ink
10. Lost Things
11. A Good Husband
12. A Porcelain Soul
13. The Bones Remember Everything
15. Sister, Sister
16. Lavender and Lychgates
17. Under the Mountain
18. Afterword: Sourdough and Gallowberries for us All by Jeff VanderMeer