Brian Stableford: Fables & Fantasies, illustrated by Joey Zone, $4.95
Brian Stableford has the marked distinction of achieving acclaim in whichever area he’s chosen to write in. From science fiction to fantasy to horror, as well as some notable essays and reviews, Stableford’s work always stands above the rest. Regular Necronomicon Press customers well remember his wonderful chapbook, The Innsmouth Heritage, from several years back, as well as his always intriguing reviews appearing in Necrofile. Fables & Fantasies is a collection of ten brief pieces, all adhering to the title’s claim, and all highly reminiscent of Clark Ashton Smith at his best . . . tales of magical places in other times, all provoking various emotions while taking the reader on a roller-coaster ride through the author’s imagination.
Fables & Fantasies includes: “Three Versions of a Fable”, “Nephthys”, “The Annual Conference of the Prophets of Atlantis”, “The Requiem Masque”, “Kalamada’s Blessing”, “Aphrodite and the Ring”, “How the Dragons Yetzirah and Alziluth Lost the Knowledge of a Million Lifetimes”, “The Shepherd’s Daughter”, “The Sleeping Soul”, and “The Dream” (the latter two works have never before been published, with the remainder having appeared primarily in British small press publications).