Who Slays the Gyant, Wounds the Beast
by Mark Chadbourn
The lead story in The Solaris Book of New Fantasy is a rolicking, fast paced riff off the classic Sherlock-Holmes-style mystery… only with a cadre of evil Faeries and straw men to spice things up. True to the style of story, super-spy William Swyfte (think James Bond, circa 1598) and sidekick Nataniel Colt get wrapped up in a hairy situation on Christmas Eve and have to keep themselves, along with a houseful of guests, safe until sunrise.
Short fiction doesn’t get a fair shake, especially in the Fantasy and Science Fiction genres. So, when I landed copies of both The Solaris Book of New Fantasy, I wanted to come up with a fun, unique way to give the not only the anthology, but also the authors who filled the pages.
So, to that end, I’ve decided to tackle the anthology the way it was written. Piece by piece. Everyday or two, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be reading and reviewing one of the short stories from the anthology. And this is all leading up to an interview with George Mann, Consultant Editor at Solaris Books and editor of the anthology. It’s sure to be a lot of fun!