The Theodora Goss collection

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.

Goss Collection

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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 The table of contents has been slightly modified: “Phalaenopsis” has been replaced by “Her Mother’s Ghosts”, which first appeared in 2004 in The Rose and Twelve Petals and Other Stories, released by Small Beer Press.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).

Characters from Arthurian legend roaming unstuck and amnesiac in America’s deep South…

Newly released: Old Souls and the Grammar of Their Wanderings

Old Souls and the Grammar of Their Wanderings

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Berrien C. Henderson returns to Papaveria with more of his Southern Arthuriana — in this mini-collection of two poems, a short story, and a novelette, characters from Arthurian legend roam unstuck and amnesiac. Henderson pairs rural lyrics with magical realism; his unique style is both piquant and poignant. We walk the dirt roads hand in hand with myth and majesty not often found in our own world. Meet Art with his gun stuck in the pawnshop, his friend C.V. troubled by black dogs and Art himself by a white snake, and Old Man Fisher, stubborn as the hills, and Eva, the witch of the waters. Follow them down old country paths and watch as they work the magic of the deep South.

Sit a spell.

See how it plays out…

Inside you’ll find

Old Language
A Matter of Anachronisms, Archetypal yet Curious in Their Implications
Secret Tongues of an Old Dirt Road
Folk Unstuck and Haunted by Creatures Parlous Strange

along with forewords, afterwords, and acknowledgements. As an artist/publisher, this is exactly the kind of text I like to work with — an interstitial melding of magical poetry and prose on a subject dear to my heart. As a reader, this is the kind of unusual little book I love, so it should come as no surprise that I am overjoyed to add this title to Papaveria’s catalogue.

Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes

Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes

Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes shows you what a childhood pastime looks like when you dial macabre up to eleven. If playground fun got married to the genetically engineered child of Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman, their offspring would be Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes. With contributions from Francesca Forrest, Sonya Taaffe, Samantha Henderson, Erik Amundsen, Rose Lemberg, Nadia Bulkin, Julia Rios, and Kyle Davis, these are not the rhymes you jumped rope to as a child.

Includes seven full page, full color illustrations by Adam Oehlers, and an introduction by Francesca Forrest. From the introduction:

Cinderella, dressed in yella
Went downstairs to kiss her fella
By mistake she kissed a snake
How many doctors did it take?
One, two, three, four…

This jump rope rhyme was in actual use in the United States at least as late as the 1970s and 1980s I can remember jumping rope to it, or this variant:

Cinderella, dressed in yella
Went downstairs to kiss her fella
By mistake her girdle busted
How many people were disgusted?
One, Two, Three, Four…

Fast forward to nowadays, and put that rhyme in the hands of speculative poets and short-​​story writers and their friends. These are people with a lurid sense of humor, a color palette not limited to yellow, and a deep interest in imagining for Cindy some life-​​changing experiences beyond snake kissing and girdle busting.

This title is a Cabinet des Fées production, published by Papaveria Press.

a cdf production