A private investigator recovering from a love affair gone sour stumbles upon a window to an invisible world in "If I Close My Eyes Forever," one of two stories original to this collection of 21 short tales (and one original poem) set in the magical city of Newford. The author's restrained elegance and down-to-earth approach to cross-world fantasy make him one of the genre's premier stylists. Compassion mixes with gritty realism in a volume that belongs in most libraries.
A second collection of tales set in the North American city of Newford (Dreams Underfoot, 1993). The milieu is "Urban Faerie," a modern setting where characters blended from Old European and Native American myths and legends not only still exist but also interact with those inhabitants inclined to perceive them. One of the latter is author Christy Riddell, who narrates, or is told, stories deriving from this interplay. The twenty-two pieces include two original stories, four others that appeared only as limited edition chapbooks, and an original poem; the remainder are drawn from various collections and magazines. A proportion of Newford's seemingly human population have "animal blood;" some can shape shift; others have godlike powers (or are gods) and interfere in mortal lives. These, like Crow girls Maida and Zia, art teacher Jilly Coppercorn, or the mysterious street trader Bones (he's also a Native American mystic) weave in and out of the stories or occasionally claim a tale on their own account. Often intriguing, with a dreamily original flavor and atmosphere, though lacking the impact of de Lint's Newford novels (Someplace to be Flying, 1998, etc.). .
From the Publisher
“De Lint is a romantic; he believes in the great things, faith, hope, and charity (especially if love is included in that last), but he also believes in the power of magicor at least the magic of fictionto open our eyes to a larger world.” Edmonton Journal on Moonlight and Vines
“What makes de Lint's particular brand of fantasy so catchy is his attention to the ordinary. Like great writers of magic realism, he writes about people in the world we know, encountering magic as part of that world.” Booklist on The Onion Girl
“De Lint is a romantic, a believer in human potential, and his fiction is populated not only with creatures of myth, but with artists and social workers, musicians and runaways, all creating intentional communities based on hope and dreams and mutual belief in the magic of the world around us. To read de Lint is to fall under the spell of a master storyteller, to be reminded of the greatness of life, of the beauty and majesty lurking in shadows and empty doorways.” Quill and Quire on Forests of the Heart
“De Lint is as engaging a stylist as Stephen King, but considerably more inventive and ambitious.” Toronto Globe and Mail on Trader
“One of the world's leading fantasists.” Toronto Star on Charles de Lint