On Making Stories

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A Guest Post by Claire Dean This morning, the first frost of winter limned the fallen leaves, and as my …
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Praise for ‘The Museum of Shadows and Reflections’

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The Museum of Shadows and Reflections

Professor Ailsa Cox just finished reading Claire Dean’s new mythic arts short story collection. Here’s what she had to say about it.


Three Ghost Stories

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Image from the  Hungry Ghost festival celebrated in china in early autumn

In honour of All Hallows’ Eve, here are three ghost stories from the Monguor, in northwestern China. Notice how strikingly different—and yet how eerily similar!—these are to European tales on similar motifs.


Short Story Collection: The Museum of Shadows and Reflections, by Claire Dean

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The Museum of Shadows and Reflections

It is with great pleasure that we announce the publication of the newest book in our mythic arts series: The …
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Publication: Issue 5, ‘Changelings’

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Unsettling Wonder Issue 5

We are delighted to announce the release of a new issue of Unsettling Wonder, on the theme of Changelings. This …
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Feathers and Feminism: An Interview with Arielle K. Harris

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Our imaginations are easily caught up in new interpretations of these familiar stories, and it’s likely we’ll never stop reusing those tropes while we still retain them in our cultural memories. Join us in an interview with author Arielle K. Harris.


A Guide Across Distant Seas

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Aikaterini Gegisian, A Small Guide to the Invisible Seas (The Sea of Passions, 6) 2015, Collage on paper, 27.8 x 42.5 cm, Courtesy of the artist & Kalfayan Galleries, Athens-Thessaloniki

An interview with Aikaterini Gegisian by Defne Cizakca Part 2 of 2 Our second meeting took place in the summer. …
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A Guide Across Distant Seas

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“My appropriation of the term ‘Ottoman woman’ is an attempt to address a collective female body that has hardly ever been visible.”
(Aikaterini Gegisian, Self-Portrait as an Ottoman Woman, Variation 2, 2012-2016 75 archival postcards 150 cm x 140 cm, Courtesy of the artist & Kalfayan Galleries, Athens-Thessaloniki)

An interview with Aikaterini Gegisian by Defne Cizakca Part 1 of 2 I met Aikaterini at wintertime, in a small …
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Only the Keeper Sees

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I discovered the woods by our house just as the year was turning.
I’d seen them before, of course. In any stroll along the pavement past the art school towards the conference center, looking across the brackish water of the reservoir, the woods were obvious enough. And I knew, in a vaguely academic way, that people sometimes went for walks in those same woods.


The Darkest Night of the Year

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With the longest, darkest night of the year upon us, we wish you the joy of it. There’s a reason, I think, that so many cultures celebrate these nights—why such a cold, dark time is full of lights and laughter and merriment.


Unsettling Wonder

We craft and tell stories because we’ve stood on the uncertain edge between the waking world and our imagination, between enchantment and fear. And we remember other stories that help us build our own stories, scraps of lumber and fragments of narrative we gather together to make stories for ourselves.

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