Dieselpunk and decopunk are alternative history re-imaginings of (roughly) the WWI and WWII eras: tales with the grit of roaring bombers and rumbling tanks, of 'We Can Do It' and old time gangsters, or with the glamour of flappers and Hollywood starlets, smoky jazz and speakeasies. The stories in this volume add fairy tales to the mix, transporting classic tales to this rich historical setting.
Two young women defy the devil with the power of friendship. The pilot of a talking plane discovers a woman who transforms into a swan every night and is pulled into a much more personal conflict than the war he's already fighting. A pair of twins with special powers find themselves in Eva Braun's custody and wrapped up in a nefarious plan. A team of female special agents must destroy a secret weapon-the spindle-before it can be deployed. Retellings of The Little Mermaid, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Monkey King, Swan Lake, Pinocchio and more are all showcased alongside some original fairy tale-like stories.
Featuring stories by Zannier Alejandra, Alicia K. Anderson, Jack Bates, Patrick Bollivar, Sara Cleto, Amanda C. Davis, Jennifer R. Donohue, Juliet Harper, Blake Jessop, A.A. Medina, Lizz Donnelly, Nellie Neves, Wendy Nikel, Brian Trent, Alena Van Arendonk, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Sarah Van Goethem, and Robert E. Vardeman.
About the Author
Amanda C. Davis likes fancy baking almost as much as she likes fairy-tale retellings, so Hansel and Gretel was a perfect choice. Her other dark, funny takes on fairy tales have appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Mirror Dance, and others; in 2013 they were collected with pieces by her sister Megan Engelhardt in Wolves and Witches: A Fairy Tale Collection. You can read more on her website at http: //www.amandacdavis.com or follow her tweets at @davisac1.
Brian Trent's speculative fiction appears regularly in the world's top speculative fiction markets, including ANALOG, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Apex, Escape Pod, COSMOS, Galaxy's Edge, Nature, and more. Trent lives in New England.
Rhonda Parrish is the co-author of Haunted Hospitals. She has also been published in Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She lives in Edmonton.