Fabulous Beasts now up on Tor.com

Illustration for Fabulous Beasts by Jeffrey Alan Love“Eliza, tell me your secret.”
Sometimes I’m cornered at parties by someone who’s been watching me from across the room as they drain their glass. They think I don’t know what’s been said about me.
Eliza’s odd looking but she has something, don’t you think? Une jolie laide. A French term meaning ugly-beautiful. Only the intelligentsia can insult you with panache.
I always know when they’re about to come over. It’s in the pause before they walk, as though they’re ordering their thoughts. Then they stride over, purposeful, through the throng of actors, journalists, and politicians, ignoring anyone who tries to engage them for fear of losing their nerve.
“Eliza, tell me your secret.”
“I’m a princess.”
Such a ridiculous thing to say and I surprise myself by using Kenny’s term for us, even though I am now forty-something and Kenny was twenty-four years ago. I edge past, scanning the crowd for Georgia, so I can tell her that I’ve had enough and am going home. Maybe she’ll come with me.
My interrogator doesn’t look convinced. Nor should they be. I’m not even called Eliza. My real name is Lola and I’m no princess. I’m a monster.

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“Fabulous Beasts” is now available to read in full on Tor.com

It an also be downloaded for a modest price from Barnes & Noble Nook Book edition, Google eBook, Kobo , ebooks.com, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

 

If you’re interested in reading more about the story- there are notes on it here.

Thanks to Ellen Datlow, to whom I will always be indebted. Also Irene Gallo, Creative Director at Tor.com.

The wonderful artwork is by Jeffrey Alan Love. His work has featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Gollanz and Solaris books.

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