Through Immortal Shadows Singing by Mari Ness

Through Immortal Shadows SingingPapaveria Press is very pleased to announce the release of Through Immortal Shadows Singing by Mari Ness. This title is available at, Barnes & Noble, the Book Depository, and other online sellers.

Maligned for her beauty, cursed for her role in causing a war, she has rarely been given her chance to tell her tale. Now Helen of Troy’s voice breaks free, offering a new vision in this epic lyrical sequence that follows her journey from Sparta to Troy, from earth to hell, and back. A stunning debut novella from Mari Ness, Through Immortal Shadows Singing will transform your view of Helen and the Trojan War, in a soaring poem of love and war, healing and pain, hatred and triumph.

Mari Ness spent much of her life wandering the world and reading. This, naturally, trained her to do just one thing: write. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Fireside, Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, Uncanny, and Fantasy. She blogs regularly at, most recently with the Disney Read-Watch, a series about Disney animated films and their source material, which received a nomination for a Stabby Award. Her poetry has also been nominated for the Rhysling and Dwarf Stars Awards. She lives in central Florida. Visit her blog at

The Museum of Shadows and Reflections

*Thanks to popular demand and critical acclaim, Unsettling Wonder is delighted to announce the release of the paperback edition of Claire Dean’s debut short story collection, The Museum of Shadows and Reflections, which has been long-listed for the 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize

Sometimes, we decide to try and live without our shadows. Sometimes we slip into someone else’s and live in their shape for a while. But try as we might, the old shadows linger. They’ve grown dusty, perhaps, brittle and faded, but look there—straggling out behind you and before you—the shadows of every shape you ever were, or once hoped to be. And when a new shape grows too heavy, when it gnaws holes in you or binds you, when your feathers fall to the carpet or the sand drags you underground, all your old shadows are still there… waiting.

A hauntingly powerful new voice in British fiction, this highly anticipated short story collection from Claire Dean showcases fourteen stories of wonder and memory, wind and water, metamorphosis and regret.

Katherine Langrish, author of The Troll trilogy, says:

Claire Dean’s fairy stories are for adults, not because anything in them is inappropriate for children, simply because most children would find them difficult to understand. Much is left hanging in the air, hinted yet unsaid. I was already familiar with a few of the stories which have previously appeared in various new fairy tale journals, and the words I’d have used to describe them would have been ‘beautiful’, ‘airy’, ‘delicate’. Now, ‘delicate’ is a word that isn’t always welcome: it can signal ‘slight’; surely ‘delicate’ rules out ‘powerful’? Well, Hans Christian Andersen could write beautiful, airy, delicate fairy tales which have the emotional kick of a mule. At her best so can Dean, and this collection showcases a very talented writer whose work is getting better and better. The illustrations by Laura Rae perfectly complement the text.

You can read the full review here on Katherine’s website, and see what others had to say in the release announcement from Unsettling Wonder here.

This title was originally released as a limited edition from Unsettling Wonder, an imprint of Papaveria Press.

Something Rich and Strange: Tales from the Sea

SB1.2New from Cabinet des Fées is the second issue of Scheherezade’s Bequest, Something Rich and Strange: Tales from the Sea.

For this issue we called authors to draw from folktales, personal experience, and the vast ocean of the imagination to reveal selkies, mermaids, sea nymphs, the great flood, and more in this wonderful collection of short stories and poems, each one a siren song luring us into the waves. Something Rich and Strange: Tales from the Sea continues our tradition of offering original fairy tales and retellings of the old stories that leave us with a sense of wonder, a sense that something rich and strange is always just around the corner. For more information please visit Cabinet des Fées.

Scheherezade’s Bequest is the fiction arm of Cabinet des Fées, an online journal of fairy tales, and is published by Papaveria on an infrequent basis. This is a charity work; any proceeds are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Available on Amazon and other online sellers.
128 pages, Color Paperback
Papaveria Press (August 4, 2015)
ISBN: 978-1-907881-46-6