Today is the day these two magnificent books are released into the world: In the Forest of Forgetting and Songs for Ophelia, prose and poetry by Theodora Goss.
Malcolm R. Campbell of Literary Aficionado says about Songs for Ophelia:
When you open this 146-page volume of eighty poems collected into songs for the seasons, the ethereal grace of Theodora Goss’ words and themes may attract your attention first. After all, the book begins with “Spring Songs,” and they are full of rebirth, promise and a garden of dazzling delights. Were you to begin at the ice and snow end of the book, the thorny longing would be more readily apparent, and you would know why Catherynne M. Valente named her introduction “A Weaponized Elegance.”
Elizabeth Hand, author of Mortal Love, has this to say about In the Forest of Forgetting:
In the tradition of great modern fantasists like Angela Carter and Marina Warner, Theodora Goss’s sublime tales are modern classics – beautiful, sly, sensual and deeply moving. In the Forest of Forgetting will be read and reread, savored and treasured for decades to come. I envy any reader encountering Goss’s work for the first time.
As a special treat, you can read the first story in this collection online: The Rose in Twelve Petals.
In the Forest of Forgetting, with an introduction by Terri Windling, was first published in 2006 by Prime Books. The Papaveria Press edition boasts the same cover art by the amazing Virginia Lee as appeared on the original edition, this time in its wonderful entirety. The table of contents has been slightly modified: “Phalaenopsis” has been replaced by “Her Mother’s Ghosts”, which first appeared in 2004 in The Rose and Twelve Petals and Other Stories, released by Small Beer Press. $15.95 (302 pages, paperback).
Songs for Ophelia, with an introduction by Catherynne M. Valente, is a new collection of eighty otherworldly poems which lead the reader, as though under a spell, through the unfolding of the seasons and into the realm of pure magic. Songs for Ophelia, also features cover art by Virgina Lee. $12.95 (146 pages, paperback).