19 July 2012

“A Poem for Mareike” to Appear in Aoife’s Kiss

I found out yesterday that my story “A Poem for Mareike” will be appearing in the September 2013 issue of print speculative fiction magazine Aoife’s Kiss. This is exciting news for me because not only have I always wanted to get into this particular magazine since I read stories from it in a few “Year’s Best” anthologies, but because this is one of my personal favorite of my own short stories. I’m always afraid that the stories I like the most are the ones least likely to sell—so this comes as a great relief.
Munich during the Thirty Years’ War
“A Poem for Mareike” is the second piece I’ve sold that takes place in historical Bavaria. (The first is “The Shredded Tapestry.”) It takes place in Munich during the decades before and after the Thirty Years’ War, 1618–1648, during two phases of the life of an unlucky magician. The name “Munich” never actually appears in the story, but anyone who knows the city will recognize it from the names of the towns around it and some of the landmarks. Munich is the city I know best after my hometown of Los Angeles, so I found it was easy to sink myself into the city as I wrote about it, even if it was Munich of almost four hundred years ago.