Meet Robin Goodfellow as you’ve never seen him before, watch damsels in distress rescue themselves, get
swept away with the selkies and enjoy tales of hobs, green men, pixies and phookas. One thing is for
certain, these are not your grandmother’s fairy tales. Fairies have been both mischievous and malignant
creatures throughout history. They’ve dwelt in forests, collected teeth or crafted shoes. Fae is full of
stories that honor that rich history while exploring new and interesting takes on the fair folk from castles
to computer technologies and modern midwifing, the Old World to Indianapolis. Fae covers a vast swath
of the fairy story spectrum, making the old new and exploring lush settings with beautiful prose and
complex characters. Enjoy the familiar feeling of a good old-fashioned fairy tale alongside urban fantasy
and horror with a fae twist.
With an introduction by Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, and new stories from Sidney Blaylock
Jr., Amanda Block, Kari Castor, Beth Cato, Liz Colter, Rhonda Eikamp, Lor Graham, Alexis
A. Hunter, L.S. Johnson, Jon Arthur Kitson, Adria Laycraft, Lauren Liebowitz, Christine
Morgan, Shannon Phillips, Sara Puls, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Kristina Wojtaszek.
Fae will be available in trade paperback and ebook via Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Kobo.com,
and other online retailers. You can also find Fae on Goodreads.
Anthologist Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She has been the publisher and
editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and
is the editor of the benefit anthology, Metastasis. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been
included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from
Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Her website, updated weekly,
is at rhondaparrish.com.
World Weaver Press is a publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction, dedicated to producing
quality works. We believe in great storytelling.
Publication Date: July 22, 2014 • Fantasy / Horror Anthology
Guest Post: Kristina Wojtaszek
Solomon's Friend is actually my own very personal story of raising a son with Asperger's. Kadie, the mother in the story, has all the doubts about herself that I have, and Solly, her son, shares many unique viewpoints with my own son. Hobby, the cranky old hob who narrates much of the story, came from an often-ignored voice of my own-- a well of common sense and courage that I found within. Instead of seeing my son as having a problem (which, let's face it, is still predominantly how society looks upon children who have any form of social or emotional "disorder") I took a new perspective, seeing him as whole and perfect in his own right, just the way Hobby sees Solly in the story. Children with Asperger's often have high IQs and tend to think more in depth about little things most of us simply take for granted, a quality that makes them well suited for future jobs in science, engineering, medicine, and technology. These are great qualities that offset their social rigidity and high levels of anxiety. Other traits, like finding it easier to spy on people rather than interacting with them, and taking things perfectly literally, jive well with the kinds of personality traits we see in fairy creatures all across the literary world. It only makes sense that fae would have a greater fascination with the world, and a greater respect for the rules of nature, than we humans do, and yet, just as a child on the spectrum would, I imagine them to find it difficult at times to identify with the rest of us oddly social humans. Thus evolved the deep understanding between Solly and his friend, the hob. I also think that parents of those on the spectrum carry a lot of guilt and self-blame for things that simply aren't in their control. I created Hobby in an effort to help me correct that. I wrote Solomon's Friend as a reminder to myself that I am making some of the right connections with my child, that I am loving him every moment of every day, and that there is still a bit of magic left in the world, especially in the curious and cautious mind of my child. And maybe there's even a little left in me.
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