Today C is for Chimera turns one–by which I mean, it’s the anniversary of its release.
Like most people my favourite project tends to be the newest one–it’s shiny, it’s bright, it’s… well, new. But right now is the middle of ‘nominate things for awards’ season as well, so I was just re-reading this anthology* to choose which stories to nominate for things and I fell in love with it all over again. This is a strong, diverse collection with re-told fairy tales, hard science fiction and fresh new fantasy that tackle subjects as diverse as regret, victimizing women, devouring knights and post-apocalyptic playgrounds. I continue to be incredibly proud of it. Because it is awesome 🙂
This installment of Rhonda Parrish’s alphabet anthology series asks skilled storytellers to write around the theme of chimera. The resulting tales are part fable, part poem, part dream. But like any chimera, the parts make up a greater whole. Blend reality with fantasy. Mesh science fiction with mystery. Mix history with what should have been. They are all chimera. A shadow tells a tale of schoolyard bullies. A long-vanished monster returns from the cold dark. Make-up makes up a life. Alchemy, Atlantis, and apocalypse. These 26 tales bring both chaos and closure to dark and elusively fantastic geographies.
Contributing authors include:
~ BD Wilson ~ Jonathan C. Parrish ~ Alexandra Seidel ~ Pete Aldin ~ Beth Cato ~ L.S. Johnson ~ Marge Simon ~ Simon Kewin ~ Samantha Kymmell-Harvey ~ C.S. MacCath ~ Suzanne van Rooyen ~ KV Taylor ~ Sara Cleto ~ Michael M. Jones ~ Michael Fosburg ~ Milo James Fowler ~ Laura VanArendonk Baugh ~ Megan Arkenberg ~ Michael B. Tager ~ Gabrielle Harbowy ~ Steve Bornstein ~ Lilah Wild ~ Amanda C. Davis ~ Megan Engelhardt ~ Michael Kellar ~ Brittany Warman ~
Find it online:
*skimming more than reading, I suppose, but to be fair I have read it cover to cover a ridiculous number of times LOL