When mythMeets storyteller?Something new is born.MythspringSong and story. Myth and tradition. They are a shared legacy that both satisfies and inspires. Join these talented authors as they celebrate
Something new is born.
Song and story. Myth and tradition. They are a shared legacy that both satisfies and inspires. Join these talented authors as they celebrate the rich, diverse, and occasionally truly odd culture of our country.
Mythspring is an anthology of original short speculative fiction, including fantasy, science fiction, and horror, where each story is derived from a Canadian song, folktale, myth, or other cultural source. Excerpts of the source text or image appears in the book with each story, along with a brief description of how the author was inspired by it.
Includes stories from notable speculative fiction authors such as
Charles de Lint,
James Alan Gardener,
Tanya Huff and
The stories will be suitable for an older young adult audience, and the book will be of great interest to educators. It will be included as a special event" volume within the Realms of Wonder
series of original fantasy anthologies.
Be inspired. Celebrate our wealth of ideas and talent. Taste the delights of Mythspring."
A Special Introduction
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By Julie E. Czerneda
By Genevieve Kierans
A modern tale based on song lyrics and a mirror that may just be magic.
By Mark Ladouceur
A "Windigo" is what lies behind this particular story.
All the Cool Monsters at Once
By James Alan Gardener
Begins at Lake Okanagan and features an appearance by Ogopogo.
Over Lunar White
By Lorne Kates
This tale leads us astray in the depths of the Toronto subway system.
By Tanya Huff
Go on a marine expedition in the St. Lawrence Islands National Park, where one of the explorers is a cat.
Walking With Wolves
By Alison Baird
This story is based on a French Canadian folk tale and revolves around the Loup Garou, otherwise known as a werewolf.
This is the Ice Age
By Claude Lalumière
A tale inspired by a Martha and the Muffins song.
By Fiona Patton
The setting is Lake Ontario and the "Marysburgh Vortex," Canada's version of the "Bermuda Triangle."
Over the Darkened Landscape
By Derryl Murphy
The story was inspired by the death and art of the Group of Seven artist, Tom Thomson.
By Roben Goodfellow
This is a tale based on the ghost of a stone mason in Toronto.
By Lynda Williams
A tale of a siren and is inspired by a poem by Robert Service.
The Ghost of Watson's Mill is Online
By Daniel Archambault
A story about a popular Ontario ghost and computers.
This Ink Feels Like Sorrow
By Karin Lowachee
An Inuit tale.
By Karina Somner-Smith
Another ghost story, this time set on the shores of Lake Huron
The Universal Soldier
By Charles de Lint
Another song-based tale set on a different lakeshore.
The Lady of Land's End
By Genevieve Kierans
Set in Gaspe Quebec.
About the Contributors
Credits and Acknowledgements
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"This book should appeal to a wide variety of ages and interests.
— CM Magazine
"Editors Julie E. Czerneda and Genevieve Kierans have summoned over a dozen Canadian writers to supply stories inspired by "the lyrics and legends of Canada." What results is a stimulating journey through northern realms of the imagination. . . Latest in a welcome resurgence of Canadian fantastical literature, this volume is one to keep close by on cold nights when the Wendigo stalks."
— Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
"With the relative dearth of Canadian fantasy for younger readers, this anthology of 16 short stories is a welcome contribution. . . . Even better, each of the stories is associated with a Canadian legend, song, or local story. . . And although there's some unevenness in the writing and conception of the stories, there's plenty here to entertain and tickle the brain and heart."
— Quill and Quire
Julie E. Czerneda
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Julie is an award-winning science fiction author. Among her works are In the Company of Others
, winner of the Aurora Award for Best Novel, and To Trade the Stars
, Julie also edited the Wonder Zone
series, science fiction anthologies that teach science concepts to younger readers.
Genevieve has never done things half-way, with multiple careers as a ballerina, actress, journalist and theatre critic. For almost 17 years she ran her own PR firm, specializing in publicity for film and TV. Kierans is a graduate of the Clarion Workshop and is the author of the award-winning Mirror, Mirror and The Lady of Land's End. Her continuing battle with ALS limits her to typing with only one finger. Despite that, Genevieve was happy to take time from her writing Mythspring.
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Aurora Award - Best Work in English (Other), Nominee 2007
Aurora Award - Best Short-Form Work in English finalist for:
- All the Cool Monsters at Once, James Alan Gardner
- This Ink Feels Like Sorrow, Karin Lowachee