Neon, A Literary Magazine, Reviews BIBLIOTHECA FANTASTICA

Says reviewer Christopher Frost:

I was initially sceptical of Bibliotheca Fantastica, the recent anthology of short stories published by Dagan Books. The collection is, to put it simply, a book about books. Each of the twenty stories to be found between its covers involves a book, tome, scripture, scroll or tablet of some kind.

Don Pizarro’s introduction does a good job of touching on some of the reasons why books are such a potentially interesting subject – yet it still left me the tiniest bit unconvinced that it would be anything but a dry and interminable read. Thankfully this was not the case. The stories ranged widely, and included some stunningly original takes on the concept of a book.

In fact each story was so wildly unique and intriguing….

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The Qwillery ask BIBLIOTHECA FANTASTICA authors about the power of books

When we put together the fantasist anthology, Bibliotheca Fantastica, we asked ourselves, “What’s so magical about books, anyway?” David Sklar, Gord Sellar, Michael J. DeLuca, A.C. Wise,  Garry Kilworth, S.J. Hirons, Ray Vukcevich, Tina Connolly, and Andrew S. Fuller, answered that question for us, over at The Qwillery:

Books are time travel. They’re telepathy. They’re the seance, the ansible, the summoning ritual, the oracle, the visionary dream. Reading makes another person’s ideas our own, for better or worse, as different, far away or long ago as that other person might be. The connection isn’t perfect–what magic is? But what’s lost in the translation from one mind to the page and back into another’s leaves room for the creativity that makes the next book possible, and the next. If only we could read them all. – Michael J. DeLuca, author of “Other Palimpsests”

My favorite and most heartbreaking dreams are the ones where I’m in a library or old junk shop and I stumble on a book by a beloved author that I didn’t know existed. I know where this comes from–when I was little I was obsessed with the Wizard of Oz. I thought there was only one book, but then in my Scholastic flyer from school I boggled as I saw an advertisement for #2. In our local bookstore sometime later I found 3, and eventually all the L. Frank Baum ones through 14. Several years later I was in the Topeka library and the same thrilling shock ran through me as I found the ones by Ruth Plumly Thompson. Each of these moments is incised in my memory. The books themselves were magical, but the unexpected discovery that you could, in fact, go back to Oz (or Narnia, or Green Gables, or or or) was always the real magic. – Tina Connolly, author of “Paperheart”

We are matter that looks at and thinks about the universe and then tells stories. How that all works and why we should make up stories are deep mysteries, but that’s what we do, and while it might not really be magic, it is wonderful. As we change in the coming ages, if we survive, the way we tell those stories might change, too. When we augment those most complicated of things, our brains, new art forms will probably arise. At some deep level, though, I think it will still be narrative, because that’s who we are. We struggle to make sense of things and then we say stuff. Some of the most interesting things we say are collected in objects called “books.” – Ray Vukcevich, author of “The Go-Between”

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New review of BIBLIOTHECA FANTASTICA now up at SF Signal

Says SF Signal:

Each story offers its own interpretation of the central theme; subtle work as well as more head-on approaches are represented; imagination and creative freedom are king.

Rated 4.5 of 5 stars!

Of special note were stories by Garry Kilworth, Lydia S. Gray, A.C. Wise, Colleen Anderson, J.S. Bangs, Michael Skeet, Tina Connolly, Andrew S. Fuller, Megan Arkenberg, David Sklar, and Ray Vukcevich. The reviewer’s favorite was Todd T. Castillo’s “Where Love is Written”, about which he says:

It’s a stripped-down, but heartfelt tale and its the emotional honesty that hits very hard. Often the simplest things cause the most astonishment.

and in conclusion, says about the book:

All in all, even the most fanatic of bibliophiles will suffer an overdose in the most positive connotation of the word. In the end, that’s what you need to understand about Bibliotheca Fantastica.

Read the rest of the review here.

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Just ask SF Signal.

Author Interview: David Sklar (Bibliotheca Fantastica)

Name: David Sklar

Age: Enough to know better.

Author of: “The Philosopher’s Nectar””

Where are you now? At a picnic table in a school playground. I just picked my son up from school, and I’m using his play time to answer these questions, so I can get back to editing for a client when I get home.

Twitter: In flux. For now it’s @realdavidsklar but I rarely use it. I haven’t settled on one I like yet.


Recent Publications: My story “Lady Marmalade’s Special Place in Hell” in Scheherazade’s Façade, is the last story in the first book from Gressive Press, which explores gender—mostly the genders that can’t be summed up by male and female. I’ve also got “The Velveteen Golem” in Unidentified Funny Objects, and my poem “Sky Fishing” just came out in the spring issue of Ladybug. I’m kind of thrilled about that, because I used to subscribe to Cricket when I was a kid.

What’s the last book you finished? This may be self-serving, but the last book I read cover to cover was the contributor copy of Scheherazade’s Façade, which I’m quite happy to be a part of. I have my favorites, but there really wasn’t a bad story in the book.

The next one you can’t wait to start? A lot to choose from. Probably The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia, or Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. And of course I’m looking forward to reading my contributor copy of Bibliotecha Fantastica when it arrives.

Tell us about the place where you wrote your story: A scenic overlook off of Route 78 (I think) in New Jersey. I was supposed to work on site for a client, but they didn’t need me until 11 a.m. In the meantime, I still had to drop my son off at school before 9:00, and I had this idea that wanted to be a story. So I drove most of the way to the office, and then I pulled off to the scenic overlook and wrote the first draft sitting in my car with the window open and the engine off in a small, unremarkable parking lot surrounded by trees and overgrown bushes.

What is your favorite bit?

Two words: bug porn.

Nah, not exactly. But a big part of the story is the sensuality of alien species—species that pass on information through different senses. They’re insects, so they communicate partly through smell and taste, and of course they taste things with their feet. So there’s a moment that, if they were human, would be a woman showing a man a page in a book. But because they are the creatures they are, it’s kind of like playing footsies, and kind of like a French kiss:

Zeklichek lightly brushed one of her legs across the edge of one of his. Vryll felt a tingle as the buds of their tasting feet slid together, and the flavor she carried on hers was airy, like freedom. Beneath the calcified airiness, there was the glimmer of an idea—a delineation of the boundaries between people, edged and discrete yet working together, like the facets of an eye.

Vryll’s wings flared Wow. “What was…”

“The teachings of Brackacax,” she answered. “From back when the colony was just starting.”

“Do you have more?” He caught the eagerness in his own voice.

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