I just got word last night that Sean Wallace and Rachel Swirsky will be taking “The History Within Us” for their anthology, The People of the Book. Here’s a description of the anthology from Fantasy Magazine’s website:
“Edited by Rachel Swirsky and Sean Wallace
Introduction by Ann VanderMeer
From Sholom Aleichem to Avram Davidson, Isaac Bashevis Singer to Tony Kushner, the Jewish literary tradition has always been one rich in the supernatural and the fantastic.
In these pages, gathered from the best short fiction of the last ten years, thirty authors prove that their heritage is alive and well — in the spaces between stars that an alphabet can bridge, folklore come to life and histories become stories, and all the places where old worlds and new collide and change.
These are the people of the book. Open, read; the universe is made of words.”
I’m very excited to be included in this anthology. This story was/is a very personal one for me, one that I think has deep-rooted Jewish themes of tradition and the fear of breaking them that pervades, at least in my small experience, a Jewish life. I can’t wait to see the table of contents.