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For those who enjoy Celtic mythology comes Emerald Magic, a fantasy anthology of 15 original stories about Irish legend and folklore. Featured authors include Ray Bradbury, Elizabeth Haydon, L. E. Modesitt Jr., and Cecilia Dart-Thornton, to name a few.
Noteworthy inclusions include "The Hermit and the Sidhe" by Judith Tarr, a tale that pits an overzealous Catholic priest against a rural congregation of believers in the Old Ways and the Old Folk; and "Speir-Bhan" by Tanith Lee, which explores the legend of the three fox women -- a trio of demonic sisters who, every full moon, feast on the flesh of unwary humans. When a musician finds and reads her Irish grandfather's diary, she unknowingly unleashes a ghostly muse bent on collecting an old debt of her grandfather's -- to somehow rid the land of the deadly fox women.
Other exceptional stories include Fred Saberhagen's "A Drop of Something Special in the Blood," about a 19th-century Irish author who either encounters a vampiric lover or experiences syphilis-induced delusions (or both); and "The Butter-Spirit's Tithe" by Charles de Lint, a never-before-published Newford tale about a guitarist who accidentally disrespects a magical being and pays for it with seven years of, shall we say, bad luck. When the curse is ended, he must surrender his soul -- but does he?
Spilling over with the spirit and magic of the folklore of the Emerald Isle, this outstanding anthology is a virtual cornucopia of fantastical tales of faeries, pixies, druids, and -- of course -- leprechauns. Paul Goat Allen