By Ellen Datlow
"Gaslamp Fantasy," or ancient fable set in a mystical model of the 19th century, has lengthy been well liked by readers and writers alike. a few extraordinary myth novels, together with Stardust through Neil Gaiman, Jonathan unusual and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and The Prestige by means of Christopher Priest, owe their idea to works by way of nineteenth-century writers starting from Jane Austen, the Brontës, and George Meredith to Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and William Morris. And, after all, the full steampunk style and tradition owes greater than a bit to literature encouraged by way of this period.
Queen Victoria's publication of Spells is an anthology for everybody who loves those works of neo-Victorian fiction, and desires to discover the big variety of the way that glossy fantasists are utilizing nineteenth-century settings, characters, and issues. those techniques stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope encouraged works that a few critics name delusion of Manners, all of which are compatible below the bigger umbrella of Gaslamp myth. the result's eighteen tales via specialists from the fable, horror, mainstream, and younger grownup fields, together with either bestselling writers and interesting new skills equivalent to Elizabeth undergo, James Blaylock, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Delia Sherman, and Catherynne M. Valente, who current a bewitching imaginative and prescient of a 19th century invested (or cursed!) with magic.
A Kirkus experiences Best Fiction publication of 2013