Sat
Nov 8 2008 12:05pm

Weekend Getaway: Theodora Goss

This weekend I’m giving you a link to the 2008 winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction. There is a certain amount of self-interest here since it appeared in an anthology that I edited, but I think it’s a good story, and worth the read.

Singing of Mount Abora” by Theodora Goss

This is hosted by issuu, which is an interactive page-flipping interface. It is intended to appear as the story was formatted in the published book. It is not text on a page that you scroll down to read. The reader is Flash-based, so for those of you who do not use Flash (or run your computer on an operating system that does not support Flash) I give you this instead:

Her Mother’s Ghosts” by Theodora Goss

And I realize that I owe you posts about the following: top 10 list of anthologies/anthology series (pertinent to the survey we did two months ago), many posts about recently received short fiction (both magazines and books), a post about McSweeney’s (ok, you probably didn’t know this was in the works, but it is), a post about the end product from the Espresso Book Machine (now that I have a book created by it in hand), and at least one post about World Fantasy where I steal liberally from Chris Roberson.

These posts and more are coming. In the meantime, have a great weekend.

5 comments
Sammy Jay
1. Malebolge
Singing of Mount Abora is absolutely fascinating. Is Goss drawing from an established mythology here, or crafting? I've done a quick google, and not found anything, but I'd by lying if I said I dug deep.
Mimi Epstein
2. hummingrose
Both those stories are lovely, but wow, Singing of Mount Abora is just gorgeous. I'll have to look for more of her work!
Peter from Mass.
3. Peter from Mass.
Since we're talking about the distinction between magical realism and fantasy elsewhere, I want to comment that after reading Singing of Mount Abora and Goss's short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting, I don't think that what she is writing quite fits either of these genres. It's wonderful stuff, though.
Peter from Mass.
4. Frank, Robin
Singing of Mount Abora is extremely charming. Is Goss drawing from an established myths here, or crafting? I've done a rapid google, and did not find anything. By the way both the stories were amazing.
John Klima
5. john_klima
I'll have to ask her. I think she's likely creating her own mash of slightly related ideas. She teaches writing at Boston University (where she earned an M.A.).

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