Twenty Epics, an anthology of short stories attempting to capture the essence of epic narrative in as few words as possible, has finally been released! I've been waiting for this anthology to be available for a long time. My story, "The Creation of Birds" appears in its pages, which are really beautifully edited by David Moles and Susan Groppi, and graced with the wonderful cover art of Lara Wells.
To celebrate the release of the anthology, many of the writers who have stories in it are blogging and journaling about the book, as well as the stories we wrote for it. As for my story, I wrote "The Creation of Birds" around the time I was twenty-five years old. It's part of a triptych of stories inspired by women painters who had been part of the surrealist movement in the early half of the twentieth century. (The second story in the tiptrych will be published in the anthology Salon Fantastique this September). This particular story is inspired by the art of Remedios Varo.
Twenty Epics is full of so many different kinds of takes on the epic story that, if you purchase it, it's nearly impossible to be disappointed by the book because of its varied themes and settings and styles. Well worth your while. So by all means, get yourself a copy and enjoy twenty epics told in under ten thousand words each. If you do happen to read it, please leave a review of the book at Amazon and/or David Moles' journal and tell us what you think!