Saturday, June 15, 2024

Feraltales by Couri Johnson





   I'm pleased to announce the release from Aqueduct Press of Feraltales, a collection of dark fantasy by Couri Johnson. It's available now in both print and e-book editions at



Read a sample from the book.

Not all women are sweet and docile princesses. Sometimes they are witches, foxes, or dogs gone wild and looking to bite. The retelling of old tales in this collection recognizes the feral lurking within them. And so, a young woman, abetted by a griffin, seeks to free herself from a literally heartless man, twelve dancing sisters lure men to their doom, business-minded witches peddle everything from moonshine to manufactured tragedies, and the desperate wife of a king demanding she bear him a son makes a deal with a fox. 


Johnson presents five thought-provoking stories that reimagine the framework of the European fairy tale with a focus on women’s perspectives and a sense of rewilding....[H]er prose evokes the timeless rhythms of folklore and the stories work even without familiarity with their referents. Balancing the timeless and the contemporary, Johnson’s latest is sure to win fans.-   (Read the whole review)
  —Publishers Weekly, April 3, 2024

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