Illustration by GUINEVERE VON SNEEDEN Charumati glanced over her shoulder, just once. Her gaze swept the celestial palace where she had spent her life. How it sparkled, all silver and ebony, this abode of the various nakshatras and their court. How...

Clockwork Princess

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Feature Illustration by Charles Vess Article From 2014 Spring Issue #26 Subscribe // Print // Digital Once, there was a clockwork princess who lived in a land of forgotten things. The King of this land had long since been forgotten, as had the circumstances of the...
Illustrated by Guinevere von Sneeden On the craggy west coast of Ireland in the 16th century, between the sloping green and misty valleys on one side and the crashing waves of the wild Atlantic on the other, nestled the barony...
Photography by Katerina Plotnikova There are souls whose hearts beat out an unkept rhythm that can’t help but keep them on the margins of our ordinary world. She was one of those wild souls—the young lady in the park who...
I. An expedition More scientists than sirens, the mermaids gather specimens with the stalking skill of anglerfish. They catalogue all evidence in an abyssopelagic lab, sterile in the steam from deep sea vents. Tube-worms witness their collections grow and inquiries unfold: how cloth and air might...
Photo by Natalya Letunova on Unsplash Article from Issue #40 Subscribe | Single Issue Every few years they came searching and this was the year they found them. Three sisters living at the edge of the forest. The youngest sister was at the river when it...
As twilight touched the snowy, wooded landscape, the little girl saw her worried mother standing on the front porch of the tiny cottage and knew she was probably in trouble. The girl hid her frozen hands deep in her...
Do you remember this stunning piece, "A Dream of Muddy Water," by author River Jordan in our Practical Magic issue (which has long been sold out but is available as a free download (because we love you)? Learn all about River, who...
Children! To perform this nifty trick, ask your mother for a shelled-out lemon, balled-up handkerchiefs, a vial of perfume, fire, and a pistol. “I have written this work,” writes Professor Henri Garenne, in his introduction to the 1886 edition...

Eowyn Ivey

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Article from Issue #27 Subscribe | Single Issue PHOTOGRAPHY BY VIONA IELEGEMS Ewyn Ivey’s award-winning 2012 debut novel The Snow Child tells the story of a husband and wife who move to Alaska as a new start and a welcome distraction...