Friday, November 14, 2008

"The Dragaman's Bride"

I have sold my first sequel, a 12,000-word novelette titled "The Dragaman's Bride," to co-editors Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann for their original anthology The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy, to be published by Penguin Putnam in 2009 (I think).

The protagonist and narrator is Pearleen Sunday, who also was the protagonist and narrator of "A Diorama of the Infernal Regions; or, The Devil's Ninth Question," my contribution to the Dozois-Dann anthology Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy (Berkley, 2007); that book was a World Fantasy Award finalist this year. Since The Dragon Book is something of a follow-up to Wizards, I thought checking in again with Pearl, to see how her magical education is progressing, would be a good idea.

Set in the Virginia mountains in the 1930s, "The Dragaman's Bride" is partially inspired by the traditional Jack tales of the Appalachians, especially the one Richard Chase called "Old Fire Dragaman" in his great 1943 book The Jack Tales. Tina L. Hanlon's fine AppLit site devotes a page to the tale's variants and ancestors. Traditionalists may not like my version, which also is informed, oddly enough, by my hero Jeffrey Ford's fine novel The Girl in the Glass. My most obvious debt, as with many of my stories, is to the Appalachian stories of the late Manly Wade Wellman, especially the Silver John series.

The rest of the anthology's contents haven't been announced, to my knowledge, but I know "The Dragaman's Bride" isn't the longest story in the book, because Jane Yolen notes in her journal that her contribution, "The Tsar's Dragons" (co-written with Adam Stemple), is nearly 15,000 words.

I'm delighted to be included in the book, and to have gotten such a long story finished -- in mid-semester, at that!


Tina Hanlon said...

Thanks for the plug for my web site, Andy. I'll put a reference to your story in AppLit. Let me know if you want me to add anything else on your story. The forthcoming book of dragons stories looks great. (I also have a web site on dragons in children's books, at

Tina Hanlon

Oz said...

That's really great news. Can't wait to see the new story.


Scott Edelman said...

Congratulations, Andy!

I smell a fix-up novel in the wind!

Richard Parks said...

That's great. I really liked the story in Wizards.

Haddayr said...

woooohoooooo sequels! Can't wait to see it.

Brett Cox said...

Excellent! I wanted to offer a commemorative verse expanding on Scott's observation, but I had trouble finding a rhyme for "novel." This is the best I could do:

You will write an awesome novel,
Better than the plays of Vaclav

TN-Tanuki said...

Yay! More Manly Andy! I'm going to dig up my copy of Jack Tales and re-read Dragaman in anticipation!