Graven Images: Fifteen Tales of Dark Magic and Ancient Myth

Graven Images: Fifteen Tales of Dark Magic and Ancient Myth

by Nancy Kilpatrick
     
 
In this thrilling new anthology from the editors of In the Shadow of the Gargoyle (cited by Locus as one of the year's best anthologies), today's top fantasy and horror talents take a close look at our distant idols. Ancient gods who faded into history, all that remains are the mortal-made likenesses of their images-sacred relics, holy statues, and

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In this thrilling new anthology from the editors of In the Shadow of the Gargoyle (cited by Locus as one of the year's best anthologies), today's top fantasy and horror talents take a close look at our distant idols. Ancient gods who faded into history, all that remains are the mortal-made likenesses of their images-sacred relics, holy statues, and hallowed trinkets bearing the images of those fabled gods who ruled over of all creation... Now, at last, the old gods have returned-in these all-new tales of the sacred and profane, the beautiful and grotesque, the loving and vengeful.

Includes stories by:

* Nebula and Hugo Award-winner Robert Silverberg
* Nebula winner Esther M. Freisner
* World Fantasy Award-winner Brian McNaughton, Tanith Lee, and Gene Wolfe
* Hugo Award-winner Lawrence Watt Evans
* and Other acclaimed authors, including Jack Ketchum, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Storm Constantine, Chelsea Quinn Yarboro, Kathe Koja, and Yvonne Navarro

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Such luminaries as Robert Silverberg, Tanith Lee, Esther Friesner, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman are included in this collection of stories about magic and myth. Characters range from vengeful goddesses and manticores to gargoyles and ghosts. Many of these mythical beasts wear a thin disguise of normalcy as they walk through the streets of the average American, Italian, or Turkish town. There is not a lot of high adventure included in these stories, but the collection does what any short story collection should do: It compels the reader to see what the next author has to say. Particularly notable is Hoffman's Shaped Stones. Depression era New York City becomes the setting of a twisted fairy tale, as a psychically gifted boy accepts a wealthy stranger's offer of apprenticeship in exchange for food and shelter for his siblings. Another story that leaves a disturbing aftertaste is That Glisters Is by Tanith Lee, in which a man is haunted his whole life by a golden face from an alternate universe. These quiet and mysterious stories will find an audience with teens and adults who are interested in folklore and mythology but are not necessarily looking for high adventure. Although the quality of the stories is uneven, readers will find some gems in this collection. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2000, Ace, 249p, Trade pb. Ages 16 to Adult. Reviewer: Alison Kastner SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
KLIATT
Kilpatrick and Roche offer readers a peek into how graven images can affect a life and also into how the images themselves may be created. In each short story, objects ranging from the ethereal to the mundane possess mystical qualities and give something to the protagonist that can be beneficial or hurtful. In Robert Silverberg's "Diana of the Hundred Breasts," Charlie's belief system is shattered when he actually sees the goddess Diana after excavating a sealed chamber. After participating in a con game in which she pretends to be a spirit from the afterlife, a medieval woman, trapped in a wall, escapes in "Heart of Stone" by Lawrence Watt-Evans. In "Ascension," by Yvonne Navarro, a Mexican girl, long dead, becomes a revered statue after avenging the family of her murderer. A starving boy's good intentions cause his siblings to become trapped in a glass heart in "Shaped Stone," by Nina Kiriki Hoffman. In M. Christian's "Wanderlust," a cheap plastic hula girl claims the man on whose dashboard she dances. Including tales by such notable authors as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Kathe Koja, Storm Constantine, Tanith Lee, and Gene Wolfe, this collection of short stories will appeal to readers of SF and fantasy as well as to readers of world myths. Although the collection contains a few previously published stories, most of the titles here are new. Contributors' notes follow the tales. Recommended for older teens and mythology fans. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Berkley/Ace, 249p, 23cm, $13.00. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Ginger Armstrong; Principal Lib. Assoc., Chesterfield Cty P.L., Chesterfield, VA, March 2001 (Vol.35 No. 2)
Graven Images presents short stories of dark fantasy by such classic writers as Robert Silverberg, Gene Wolfe, Tanith Lee and others, gathering stories based on magic and myth and providing satisfyingly diverse plots and settings. Any who want to receive a collection strong in characterization and diverse in dark fantasy setting will find this an excellent leisure choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441007660
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.76(d)

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