Prophecies, Libels & Dreams (Paperback)
Stories of Califa
Small Beer Press, 9781618730893, 241pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Praise for Ysabeau S. Wilce's previous books:
-This fresh and funky setting is rich with glorious costumes, innovative language, and tantalizing glimpses of history.---Kirkus Reviews, starred review
These inter-connected stories are set in an opulent quasi-historical world of magick and high manners called the Republic of Califa. The Republic is a strangely familiar place--a baroque approximation of Gold Rush era-California with an overlay of Aztec ceremony--yet the characters who populate it are true originals: rockstar magicians, murderous gloves, bouncing boy terrors, blue tinted butlers, sentient squids, and a three-year-old Little Tiny Doom and her vengeful pink plush pig. By turn whimsical and horrific (sometime in the same paragraph), Wilce's stories have been characterized as -screwball comedies for goths- but they could also be described as -historical fantasies- or -fanciful histories- for there are nuggets of historical fact hidden in them there lies.
Ysabeau S. Wilce is the author of Flora Segunda, Andre Norton Award-winner Flora's Dare, and Flora's Fury, and she has published work in Asimov's, Steampunk , and Fantasy & Science Fiction. She lives in San Francisco, California.