The finest stories of this popular pioneer of urban fantasy and creator of the mythical city of Newford have been chosen by the author--and his fans--and gathered in this extraordinary collection. Asked to suggest their own favorite stories for inclusion, de Lint's fans have been instrumental in creating a treasury that will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages. These are retold fairy tales and new modern myths that thoroughly redefine the boundaries of magic. Between these pages are all manner of enchanted characters in unusual places: playful Crow Girls who sneak into the homes of their sleeping neighbors, a graffiti artist who risks his life to expose a deadly conspiracy, and an unrepentant trickster who throws one last party to reveal a lost folkloric tradition. At turns unexpected, whimsical, dark, and mystical, this is an essential compendium of timeless tales to be revisited as often as the heart desires.
About the Author
Charles de Lint is the best-selling author of more than seventy adult, YA, and children's books, including Moonheart, The Onion Girl, Widdershins, Medicine Road, and Under My Skin. He is the recipient of the World Fantasy, YALSA, Crawford, and Aurora awards. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a book review column for Fantasy & Science Fiction.
"Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy. Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legendall of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint’s vivid, original world. No one does it better." Alice Hoffman, author, Here in the Future
"A master storyteller, he blends Celtic, Native American, and other cultures into a seamless mythology that resonates with magic and truth." Library Journal
"An outstanding and widely varied collection of 29 tales . . . Longtime fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with de Lint's graceful, poetic language and characters." Publishers Weekly
"More than 400 pages of the finest urban fantasy fiction of the past three decades." Ottawa Citizen
"A strong, thoroughly enjoyable, thoroughly magical story that takes advantage of native myths and lore to create something entirely new, yet quietly familiar." SF Site
"These stories are lovely . . . definitely worth picking up." San Francisco Book Review
"These are stories for those who love reading." Locus
"Essential reading for anyone who is new to de Lint or has previously read only his novels." Interzone