Podcast: “The Man with the Knives”

This week on the Original Fiction Podcast, we have Ellen Kushner’s story “The Man with the Knives,” set in the world of her classic novel Swordspoint. It tells the story of how the Mad Duke, who left Riverside with his swordsman lover, returned with a foreign wife, a healer named Sophia:

The man on the doorstep could barely breathe, let alone talk. She was used to sick villagers turning up at odd hours, but this one she didn’t recognize. He was not young. His face was grey, and he was soaked and shivering. He couldn’t hurt her.

“Come in,” she said.

The story was originally published in 2010 by Temporary Culture as a limited edition chapbook with original art by Thomas Canty; a few dozen copies are still available for sale.  The audio was originally recorded by Jim Freund at the New York Review of Science Fiction reading on December 8, 2009, and features both Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman. Check it out on the story page, in iTunes, or at the TorDotStories RSS feed. Happy listening!


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