A Kiss with Teeth by Max Gladstone

I have never read a more Halloween Father's Day story than "A Kiss with Teeth" by Max Gladstone. In this dark but ultimately heartwarming tale, Dracula has moved to suburbia to raise a family, but begins to grow apart from his wife Sarah and his son Paul as he suffers from the seven-year itch. It …

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The Year’s Best Fantasy, eds. David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

It's like fantasy tapas, or if you prefer, a buffet: fantasy short stories contain all the excitement and inspiration of a novel, in a way that requires less commitment. Instead of reading a five-course fantasy series of 900+ pages, you can hunker down for a 10- or 20-page adventure. And while you're at it, eat …

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The Secret History of Fantasy, edited by Peter S. Beagle

If you're like me, you have probably starved for an original fantasy novel. So many novels and short stories rely too heavily on The Lord of the Rings and the epic fantasy genre that spawned from it. Are there any original fantasy works that use impossible situations without having elves, orcs, and dragons run across …

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