Urban Fantastic: Bottles to Be in Street Magick Anthology
“Within this anthology,” so said the guidelines, “modern day witches and warlocks shape reality to their will. Creatures of legend make back-alley deals under cover of darkness. The city’s inhabitants encounter items and events imbued with mystic power. Because cities have a life — a magick — all their own.”
Well the city here is Cambridge Massachusetts in the year 1958 and the mood is more noir, with Communists seen around every corner — at least by those who would call themselves patriots. There are the “Minutemen” — self-styled “militias” — and a burgeoning John Birch Society. This is, after all, only a few years after the Senate McCarthy hearings, and for a young Puerto Rican woman not exactly a time of tolerance for people who are seen as “different.” The story, “Bottles” is in fact a reprint, originally published in CROSSINGS (Double Dragon, 2004) and, as I selected it later to be in my 2013 collection THE TEARS OF ISIS, I was suddenly struck by how little some things have changed. Substitute Near-Eastern extremists for Communists, Mexican-Americans for . . . well, it occurred to me then as now that the story may deserve to be kept in circulation.
Oh yes, and one more thing about “Bottles” — this version of Cambridge has vampires in it. But of a particularly Hungarian (and presumably anti-Communist) derivation. Which all adds up to last evening’s email from Charles P. Zaglanis for Elder Signs Press (also editor of White Cat Publications’s AIRSHIPS & AUTOMATONS, cf. May 27 et al.) that “Bottles” has found an additional home in their anthology STREET MAGICK: TALES OF URBAN FANTASY, currently set for fall 2016. “Great story. Please fill out and send back the contract and a bio.”
More to be reported here as it becomes known.