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The Curiosities

A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck. Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing. A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction.

But The Curiosities is more than the stories. Since 2008, Maggie, Tessa, and Brenna have posted more than 250 works of short fiction to their website www.merryfates.com. Their goal was simple: create a space for experimentation and improvisation in their writing—all in public and without a backspace key. In that spirit, The Curiosities includes the stories and each author's comments, critiques, and kudos in the margins. Think of it as a guided tour of the creative processes of three acclaimed authors.

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The Anatomy of Curiosity

The follow-up to the acclaimed novel The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff. In an unassuming corner of Brooklyn, a young woman learns to be ladylike, to love context, and to speak her mind from a very curious sort of tutor. In a faraway land convulsed by war, a young soldier hears the desert's curious hum as he disarms bombs with the person he doesn't know how to love. In a place so shriveled by drought that any drowning is a curiosity, a young writer tries again and again to tread water beneath the surface of a vast and unusual sea. Three new stories complete with commentary on the creative process from three acclaimed young adult authors working at the height of their powers.

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More short stories available from Tessa at www.merryfates.com.

“Three True Things” Jack struggles with his sexuality and an ancient family fairy curse. Read now.

“Date with a Dragon-Slayer” Vera wins a contest for a date with a young dragon-slayer the night before he faces the most dangerous dragon yet. Read now.

“The Vampire Box” Nicole’s father keeps a vampire in a cage in their basement for good luck. Read now.

“The Dragon of Savannah” A boy attending a Savannah high school may or may not be a dragon. Read now.

“Mask of Petals, Mask of Thorns” Love and beauty after the traditional “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale ends. Read now.

“Stains” Two young mages steal a unicorn; one a privileged daughter, one a refugee. Read now.

“Love in Idleness” Puck of Shakespeare’s play goes in search of love beyond potions. Read now.

“Death Ship” A Viking woman waits for her dead husband to appear at his grave a year after his death. Read now.


Short Stories in Anthologies

GRIM, ed. Christine Johnson

"Beast/Beast," a retelling that imagines everyone as some sort of monster. Learn more.

DEFY THE DARK, ed. by Saundra Mitchell

"This Was Ophelia," a queer examination of characters from Hamlet set in the 1920s. Learn more.

TALES OF THE FAR WEST, ed. Gareth-Michael Skarka

"Paper Lotus," in which a strange girl tasks a wounded man to deliver a crucial message. Learn more.

CORSETS AND CLOCKWORK: 13 STEAMPUNK ROMANCES, ed. Trisha Telep

"King of the Greenlight City," in a city built upon complicated elemental magic, two wizards crash together and must choose how and if to stay together. Learn more.

WEREWOLVES AND SHAPESHIFTERS: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE BEAST WITHIN, ed. John Skipp

"The Cold that Flays the Skin," every winter the first snow changes a boy's face. Learn more.

LE MAITRE DE RAMPLING GATE ET AUTRES NOUVELLES, from Hachette Jeunesse

"Headless, Loveless," a story about first loves, terrible choices, and headless horsemen. Learn more.