Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers: Magical Tales of Love and Seduction

Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers: Magical Tales of Love and Seduction

by Ellen Datlow

A stunning anthology of sensuous short fiction and magical erotica explores the seductive world of mysterious, mythic sirens--men and women--who draw readers into a forbidden zone of fantasy and desire, in works by Jane Yolen, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Swanwick, Tanith Lee, and other outstanding writersA Wife of Acorn, Leaf, and Rain (1998) short story by Dave SmedsAshes on Her Lips (1998) short story by Edward BryantAttachments (1998) short story by Pat MurphyBird Count (1998) short story by Jane YolenBroke Heart Blues (1998) short story by Joyce Carol OatesHeat (1998) poem by Melissa Lee ShawIn the Season of Rains (1998) novelette by Ellen SteiberIntroduction (Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers) (1998) essay by Terri WindlingMidnight Express (1998) short story by Michael SwanwickMirrors (1998) short story by Garry KilworthMy Lady of the Hearth (1998) short story by Storm ConstantineNo Human Hands to Touch (1998) short story by Elizabeth E.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Rating: 3.63
  • Pages: 404
  • Publish Date: November 5th 2002 by Eos
  • Isbn10: 0061057827
  • Isbn13: 9780061057823

What People Think about "Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers: Magical Tales of Love and Seduction"

Anyway, the theme here is sexy/erotic fantasy. My Lady of the Hearth Magravandias Chronicles by Storm Constantine Unlucky in love, a wealthy young man prays to the cat goddess... The Faerie Cony-catcher by Delia Sherman A version of the traditional tale where an unwary young man meets a beautiful faerie and is taken under the hill to meet her Queen. making it a real fantasy. It was on "My Strange Addiction." Maybe this woman read this story. It starts off lovely, but things take a disturbing turn. I love Wein's writing. I've always thought it was strange and peculiar that it's marketed as YA - and now that I find out that, according to her, she's had to refrain from writing stuff like THIS into her books to cater to those sensitive YA sensibilities... A man with a commitment issue meets a supernatural female spirit, and gets what's coming to him (?). (Really, it just seems that he gets doomed to continue as he's been.) Bird Count by Jane Yolen A woman abandons her annoying, dependent boyfriend to run off with a mysterious and wild bird-man. It's an anthology with a Real Story by Gaiman, not just a brief poem! The Sweet of Bitter Bark and Burning Clove by Doris Egan It's difficult to have an ongoing relationship with a seductive female vampire - especially when the longer you stay together, the more addicted and weak the human becomes. And this is a lovely sexual fantasy set in the world of Riverside (I believe). a shared-world fantasy series set in an exotic brothel. Persephone or, Why the Winters Seem to Be Getting Longer by Wendy Froud Wendy Froud is known more for her sculptures than her writing, but this is a short but lovely little myth.

Excuse me if I protest at the misleading title and the lack of sensible criteria, because most of the short stories included here are neither of love nor of seduction. I felt bored by the stories that I only have three to name as those I liked best: - "My lady of the hearth," by Storm Constantine (3.5) - "O for a fiery gloom and thee," by Brian Stableford (4) - "Persephone," by Wendy Froud (3.5) These I hated, witha brief word on the reasons: - "Broke heart blues," by Joyce Carol Oates (Dull) - "Wolfed," by Tanith Lee (Prostitutes) - "No human hands to touch," by Elizabeth Wein (Rape, incest fantasies) - "In the season of rains," by Ellen Steiber (Wrong use of Spanish) - "Bird Count," by Jane Yolen (Bestiality, rapey undertones) - "The House of Nine Doors," by Ellen Kushner (Prostitutes again, this time gay ones.

My Lady of the Hearth by Storm Constantine 4. Wolfed by Tanith Lee 8. In the Season of Rains by Ellen Steiber 12. The Eye of the Storm by Kelley Eskridge 21. Heat by Melissa Lee Shaw 17.

For one, only three stories feature queer relationships (two others have them in background roles); the heteronormativity is toxic and uncreative, a particular oversight in a collection of strange love. Kelley Eskridge's "The Eye of the Storm" is my favorite, no contest--its exploration of violence, sensuality, poly dynamics, and the balance between personal need and social interaction is engrossing.

Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.