I have a new story out! It’s part of a truly gorgeous and exciting project: New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories, which brings together original literary fairy tales and academic essays on the fairy tale form around the world. I am itching to get my fingers on my contributor copy. In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that you can get it at Amazon UK and Amazon US; I’m told other outlets are to follow.
My contribution is called ‘The Sea in the Hat’, and it starts like this:
They said she was the best fishwife in the market. Not the loudest, or the strongest, or the sharpest-tongued: simply, her fish were the best. She only came once a week, and when she did, you couldn’t get them fatter, couldn’t get them fuller-flavored. What was her secret? She had given her nights over to studying the sea, straining to understand the waves. The waves speak a flummoxing language, their slip-slap voices always folding over, one into the next. But the fishwife sat up, under the moon, listening until she recognized certain strands of their chatter. Where to fish and when to fish—that’s what she heard, between the fall and the drag. When she slept, the waves muttered on, and she dreamed the things they spoke of: deep fish, ones she would never catch, fish with lights in their mouths, fish with horns and antlers, fish of shadow, fish of glass.
With thanks to editors John Patrick Pazdziora and Defne Çizakça for putting together such a wonderful thing, and the kind friends who beta-read the tale for me.