“Jack O’Lantern” by Patricia A. McKillip

by kattomic

“Jack O’Lantern” by Patricia A. McKillip


Story 220/366

McKillip is an award-winning fantasy novelist. I am a fan of her Riddle-Master trilogy, and also the much-honored Forgotten Beast of Eld. This is the first of her short stories I’ve read. In her author’s note in the anthology, McKillip talks about the research she did into pre-Raphaelite painting, and when reading the story, you can imagine the pastel togas and Grecian robes in pink and pistachio. As always, McKillip’s gorgeous words envelop the reader.

This story appears in the anthology of original science fiction and fantasy, Firebirds Rising.

See you tomorrow!