Announcing Desdemona and the Deep: A New Novella from C.S.E. Cooney Publishing is proud to announce that consulting editor Ellen Datlow has acquired a new novella from award-winning author C. S. E. Cooney.

In Desdemona and the Deep, the spoiled daughter of a rich mining family must retrieve the tithe of men her father promised to the world below. On the surface, her world is rife with industrial pollution that ruins the health of poor factory workers while the idle rich indulge themselves in unheard-of luxury. Below are goblins, mysterious kingdoms, and an entirely different hierarchy. 

Said the author:

I started Desdemona and the Deep in November 2016. I finished it on New Year’s Day 2018. This story was cut out of the subterranean rock of 2017 itself, for all it is set in an age equivalent to our Gilded Age, and in a different world entirely (with goblins). It is such an honor to be working with Publishing—what a dream fulfilled!

Said acquiring editor Ellen Datlow:

Claire Cooney has an imagination I envy. I’ve worked with her previously, having acquired a fabulous short story inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  She is a joy to work with, so I’m especially delighted to have acquired her wonderful new fantasy novella.

C.S.E. Cooney lives and writes in the Borough of Queens, whose borders are water. She is an audiobook narrator, the singer/songwriter Brimstone Rhine, and author of World Fantasy Award-winning Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015). Her short fiction can be found in Ellen Datlow’s Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Jonathan Strahan’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 12, Paula Guran’s 2016 The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas, five editions of Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Mike Allen’s Clockwork Phoenix Anthology (3 and 5), Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Apex, Uncanny Magazine Black Gate, Papaveria Press, GigaNotoSaurus, The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, and elsewhere.


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