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Fantasy Magazine #49 - April 2011 by John Joseph Adams
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Max Bertolini
Review by Sam Tomaino
Fantasy Magazine Online Magazine  
Date: 28 April 2011

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Fantasy Magazine #49, has stories by Kat Howard, Peter S. Beagle, Jonathan L. Howard, and Carrie Vaughn along with Author Spotlights on all of them, and non-fiction articles by Molly Tanzer, Paul Goat Allen, Genevieve Valentine, and Helen Pilinovsky.

Fantasy Magazine #49, is an online magazine. It works just like Lightspeed. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at

The fiction begins with an original story, "Choose Your Own Adventure" by Kat Howard. This is a fun story, modeled after the book series. It's quite short and the threads don't get very complicated, but it's fun and enjoyable

Next, is a reprint, "The Woman Who Married the Man in the Moon" by Peter S. Beagle. While this is a reprint, its first publication is in a collection Sleight of Hand, which was published in 2011 and is still available. (GO OUT AND BUY IT.) This is a 2011 story, so I'll review it the way I do a new one. It's no secret but I'm a big fan of Peter Beagle. This story features two lost children, Findros and Mourra who meet, of all people, Schmendrick the Magician, from his early days, before he met Molly Grue or a certain unicorn. Through a little help from him, the children are reunited with their mother, a widow named Sairey. It is Sairey who tells Schmendrick the story of "The Woman Who Married the Man in the Moon". I'll leave things at that. This is a beautiful story, and there are, apparently, two more early Schmendrick stories in the works that I hope to read. This novelette, will make my Hugo short list.

Then, it's back to an original, "House of Gears" by Jonathan L. Howard. This story feature Johannes Cabal, a necromancer and the central character in Howard's novels and short stories. Here Cabal searches out and finds another necromancer, Samhet. He finds that Samhet has extended his researches into another field and thereby hangs a great story.

The fiction concludes with another reprint, "The Hunter's Ode to His Bait" by Carrie Vaughn, originally published in Realms of Fantasy in 2003. Duncan purchases a young girl named Eleanor, from her mother. He is assured that she is a virgin. He takes her to the wilds of Northumbria where he uses her as unicorn bait. Over the next five years, they trap nine unicorns in all and Eleanor grows to become a beautiful young woman. I won't say how this ends but just that this was a lyrical, wonderful love story.

The forty-ninth issue of Fantasy Magazine was well worth-reading. I do recommend that you check out their web site at and support them in some way.

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