Silver Blade has published my poem Time and the Tradesman.
The poem is based on the story of the same name by Lord Dunsany, which you can read here.
I imagine that as one penetrated out from some enormous forest of the tropics, the wild beasts would become fewer, the gloom would lighten, and the horror of the place would slowly lift. Yet as one emerges nearer to the edge of London, and nearer to the beautiful influence of the hills, the houses become uglier, the streets viler, the gloom deepens, the errors of civilisation stand bare to the scorn of the fields.
Where ugliness reaches the height of its luxuriance, in the dense misery of the place, where one imagines the builder saying, “Here I culminate. Let us give thanks to Satan,” there is a bridge of yellow brick, and through it, as through some gate of filigree silver opening on fairyland, one passes into the country.
I thought some people might be interested in reading the original stories. So I’ve made an ebook, which you can download free here.
‘Come to Elfland,’ the troll said.
The child thought for awhile. Other children had gone, and the elves always sent a changeling in their place, so that nobody quite missed them and nobody really knew. She thought awhile of the wonder and wildness of Elfland, and then of her own home.
‘N-no,’ said the child.
‘Why not?’ said the troll.
‘Mother made a jam roll this morning,’ said the child.
I have a short guest post on short fantasy fiction on Kelly Hashaway’s blog. You can read it here.
>This is the complete listing of what will be in The New Death and others. It’s not necessarily in the right order. The stories with links have been published online. I have a series of poems that are based on fantasy stories in the public domain. The links for these are to the original stories.
The God of the Poor
How the Isle of Cats Got Its Name
The Enemy Within
Under the Pyramids (based on the story of the same name by H.P. Lovecraft)
The Lamb’s Speech
A Date with Destiny
The New Death
The Prince of the Howling Forest
The Uncharted Isle
The Moon Sailed Sadly Through the Sky
The Scholar and the Moon
When Love Calls
The Name of the Helper
The Warring Gods
The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune (based on the story of the same name by Robert E. Howard)
The Adventure of the Murdered Philanthropist
The Doom That Was Laid Upon Fame
May Every Woman
Death and the Merchant
Lost, Feral or Stray
The Jeweled City
Law and Justice
The Bird and the Two Trees
The Prince and the Sky-Maiden
The Face in the Hill
The Garden of Adompha (based on the story of the same name by Clark Ashton Smith)
The New Magazine
The Perfect Woman
If My Life Was Filmed
Legend: The Story of Kevin Marley
The Construction Workers of Telelee
The New God
That Which Unites Us
The God of the City of Dust
The Dragon Festival
I Heard the Mermaids Singing
Diamanda and the Isle of Wives
The Death of the Artist
The Morning Post
My Cat Is Not Like Other Cats
The Handsome but Impossibly Demanding Prince
Charon (based on the story of the same name by Lord Dunsany)
Mourning Has Broken
Sigrun and the Shepherd