In the course of the past several days and weeks, perhaps you have had occasion to stop and wonder, ‘That Mr Pond—just where is he?’ Well, I can lift that worry right of your backs, by telling you the answer.
I’ve been writing and publishing, mostly. Sister Fox’s Field Guide to the Writing Life, by Jane Yolen, was made available for pre-order this week over at Unsettling Wonder. I’m very proud of the work we’ve done on this book. It’s a new collection of Jane’s mythic arts poetry, and is as wonderful and moving and provoking and beautiful as that suggests. You can find more about it here.
The embookenation of this blog is now complete in manuscript, and has been sent to the publishers. Its working title is A Land of Giants: Growing Up with Fairy Tales, Dragons, and Harry Potter. Not sure how long production will take, but I’ll give your periodic updates as the process goes. I’ve had a lot of fun working with Unlocking Press in the past, and so will be looking forward to this process.
Third, speaking of Unlocking Press, I’m very happy—nay, veritably delighted—to announce the release of New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories, edited by yours truly and the wonderful Defne Cizakca. It’s available for purchase on Amazon here, or here if you’re in the UK, both in print and e-book formats. Other outlets to follow soon. There are so many reasons why you’ll want to buy this book—here’s a few:
Katherine Langrish, a friend of this blog, contributed a chilling little story that will make you shudder every time you see the word ‘gnome.’
Dr Daniel Gabelman, another friend of this blog, wrote about George MacDonald and G. K. Chesterton.
Kate Wolford, editor of Enchanted Conversation and, yes, a friend of this blog, has a striking essay about her experiences teaching Hans Christian Andersen to undergraduates.
My own chapter examines the esoteric fool in stories by James Thurber and Neil Gaiman. Yeah, it’s as weird as it sounds.
Claire Massey, the anthology’s fairy godmother, wrote a strange new fairy tale about a little boy and a lamp post and a lot of dust.
A story by my own brother tells the tale of a land with no stories, and a few songs thrown in.
Christopher MacLachlan contributes an essay on Tolkien as a writer of fairy tales. Now, you should know that Dr MacLachlan is not only a titan in the world of Scottish literary studies; he also teaches as class on Tolkien at the University of St Andrews. So this chapter is rather astonishing in many ways.
The cover was drawn by Faye Hanson.
Joshua Richards contributes a poem. Ye gods, does he ever…
Dr Colin Cavendish-Jones, one of the finest conversationalists I’ve ever met, pens a shrewd and engaging essay on Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales—all of them.
Dr Catriona McAra’s essay considers the new anti-fairy tales (in all senses of the term) by London artist Tessa Farmer.
And if you’ve been pining for Harry Potter articles whilst The Hog’s Head has been undergoing its reconstructive programming—take heart! New Fairy Tales features a brand new chapter on Beedle the Bard by the one and only Travis Prinzi.
And there’s still more! There’s chapters on Robert Herrick, and stories about freeing the waters in Brazil, and about giant fish that live in a hat, and Hereville, and Hayate the Combat Butler, and dog bridegrooms, and Israeli young adult fiction, and an alternative romance, and Turkish coffee houses, and—
And do you see why I say there are so many reasons you want to buy this book?
Defne and I put together an index, which wound up not being necessary, so from time to time I may post bits of it here. There’s a reason for this, which will become apparent. But for now, the full TOC and a flier are below the jump.
NEW FAIRY TALES: ESSAYS AND STORIES
John Patrick Pazdziora and Defne Çizakça, editors
Table of Contents
John Patrick Pazdziora and Defne Çizakça
Chapter 0. Galantha
Part I. Minatures
Chapter 1. Glass, Bricks, Dust
Chapter 2. Robert Herrick’s Fairy Epithalamium and Natural Religion
Chapter 3. Anti-Fairy Tale Taxidermy: The Animations of Tessa Farmer
Chapter 4. Gnomes
Part II. Storytellers
Chapter 5. Are there Fairies Nowadays? Modern Fairy Tales in Hebrew
Hanna Livnat and Gaby Cohn
Chapter 6. Deciphering the Ottoman Fairy Tale: Tayyarzade throughout the Centuries
Chapter 7. Cloud Catching in the Realm of the Drought King
Chapter 8. “On Fairy-stories” and Tolkien’s Elvish Tales
Chapter 9. “Oh, You Wicked Storytellers!”
John Patrick Pazdziora
Part III. Shadows and Reflections
Chapter 10. A Prevailing Wind
Chapter 11. Not for Children: The Development of Nihilism
in the Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
Chapter 12. Radiant Mysteries: George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, and
the Claritas of Fairy Tales
Chapter 13. The Land with No Stories
Eric M. Pazdziora
Part IV. Fairy Brides
Chapter 14. In the Midst of Metamorphosis: Yōko Tawada’s The Bridegroom Was a Dog
Chapter 15. A Gothic Fairy-Bride and the Fall: A Lecture on “The End of the World”
in Kenjirō Hata’s Hayate no Gotoku
Chapter 16. Dante
Part V. Fairy Tale Pedagogy
Chapter 17. Footsteps in the Classroom: “The Little Mermaid” and First-Year Writing
Chapter 18. Dragons in Hereville: Comics as a Vehicle for Fairy Tales
Orlando Dos Reis and Emily Midkiff
Chapter 19. Little Sparrow
Chapter 20. Beedle’s Moral Imagination
Chapter 21. The Sea in the Hat