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Collections of DWJ Short Stories, Novellas, and Essays
Everard's Ride
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US Hardcover: NESFA Press 1995; ISBN: 0-915-36863-3. Dust jacket art by Ruth Sanderson.

This book contains two novellas, a bunch of short stories, and an essay. The first novella, "Everard's Ride", was the usual very strong DWJ. The second, "The True State of Affairs", was set loosely in Dalemark but told from a different perspective; I was very thoughtful after reading this one.


Minor Arcana
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Published 1996

(In the US, published as Believing is Seeing, with the story "Enna Hittims" instead of "The True State of Affairs".)


Believing is Seeing

This is the US edition of Minor Arcana, with the story "Enna Hittims" instead of "The True State of Affairs".

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US hardcover, Greenwillow 1999, cover by Nenad Jakesevic, ISBN 0-688-16843-4.

In her introduction to Believing is Seeing, Ms. Jones says of "Enna Hittims":

"Peculiarly, I do not remember why I wrote "Enna Hittims", but I presume I was sick in bed and feeling bored. And when Greenwillow asked me for a new story for this collection, it was ready and waiting."


Mixed Magics
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UK paperback, Collins, an imprint of Harper Collins 2000, Cover by Paul Slater, Illus. by Tim Stevens, ISBN 0-00-675529-1.

These are all Chrestomanci stories, mostly with the Chrestomanci from Charmed Life.

published 2000


Stopping for a Spell
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published 1993. US paperback, Puffin Books 1996, ISBN 0-14-037937-1, cover illustration by David M. Gaadt.

This contains three stories for younger children: "The Four Grannies", "Chair Person", and "Who got Rid of Angus Flint?".


Warlock at the Wheel
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1989 UK paperback from Beaver Books, an imprint of Arrow Books, ISBN 0-09-965090-8.

Originally published 1985.

This collection has the very goofy Chrestomanci story "Warlock at the Wheel". It also has the relatively serious (and wonderful) story "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight".

In her introduction to Believing is Seeing, Ms. Jones says of "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight":

"Much earlier than all of these, while I was thinking out the multiplicity of worlds that occur in The Lives of Christopher Chant, I wrote Dragon Reserve, Home Eight almost by way of clarifying things. At that time, though, I was thinking of the worlds rather like a wad of different colored paper handkerchiefs. If you were to take that wad and crumple it in one hand, each color would be separate, but wrapped in the others. And I was also thinking of an enchanter's gifts rather more as inborn psychic talents. As so often happens, when I came to write the actual book a good four years later, everything turned out differently, and probably no one would realize this story had anything to do with it unless I told them. Again, I had just done a rather rough and unsatisfactory first draft when Robin McKinley asked me for a fantasy sotry. I sent this one, but she refused it on the grounds that it was not fantasy. This struck me as fair and reasonable, even though I knew it was going to be fantasy later."


Collections Edited by DWJ
Hidden Turnings: a collection of stories through time and space
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US hardcover, Greenwillow 1990, Cover by Emanuel Schongut, ISBN 0-688-09163-6.

In her introduction to Believing is Seeing, Ms. Jones says of "The Master":

"The Master was another dream, or maybe a nightmare, which I dreamed more than once and had again to exorcise by writing it down. I know it is really part of the complex of ideas out of which Fire and Hemlock got written, but I couldn't explain how. It is, of course, about precognition. At that tims, I was quite worried about the way most of my books came true at me after I had written them, but I am glad to say that the events in The Master have (so far) not happened to me."

Courtesy of Andrew Hardie, here's the story list. What a Dream Team of authors.

  • "True Believer", Douglas Hill
  • "Ceres Passing", Tanith Lee
  • "Fifty-Fafty ", Robert Westall
  • "Dogfaerie", Garry Kilworth
  • "The Walled Garden", Lisa Tuttle
  • "The Master", Diana Wynne Jones
  • "The Vision", Mary Rayner
  • "Urgeya's Choice", Geraldine Harris
  • "The Sky Sea", Helen Cresswell
  • "A Bird That Whistles", Emma Bull
  • "Kalafriki of the Thread", Roger Zelazny
  • "Turntables of the Night", Terry Pratchett.

Other Collections with DWJ Stories
Fantasy Stories "What the Cat Told Me"

edited by Mike Ashley, published 1994.

In her introduction to Believing is Seeing, Ms. Jones says of "What the Cat Told Me":

"I asked myself for a story with What the Cat Told Me. When I wrote it, I was suffering cat deprivation. I was brought up with cats and didn't have one at the time (this was four years ago, just before someone suddenly arrived and organized me a cat, so this one came true in a way). I love the exacting self-centeredness of cats. The story is about that. Then I was asked to compile a collection of fantasy stories, and I put this one in among the original selection, which I knew was going to be far too long. I mean, what can one leave out of a fantasy collection? My idea was to leave my own story out. But when it came to cutting the list down to publishable size, the editors, to my great surprise, insisted that this one stay in. I was glad. It was fun to write."

I bought this for the DWJ story, but I've been very happy with the collection. I found some of the stories to be written fairly amateurishly, but those that were good were great.

  • "The Peasant and the Devil", The Brothers Grimm
  • "Boris Chernevsky's Hands", Jane Yolen
  • "The Hobgoblin's Hat", Tove Jansson
  • "Ully the Piper", Andre Norton
  • "Milo Conducts the Dawn", Norton Juster
  • "Who Goes Down this Dark Road?", Joan Aiken
  • "The House of Harfang", C. S. Lewis
  • "Martha in the Witch's Power", K. M. Briggs
  • "Prince Delightful and the Flameless Dragon",
  • Isaac Asimov
  • "The Box of Delights", John Masefield
  • "The Amazing Flight of the Gump", L. Frank Baum
  • "On the Great Wall", Rudyard Kipling
  • "The Waking of the Kraken", Eva Ibbotson
  • "The Caves in the Hills", Elizabeth Goudge
  • "Bigger than the Baker's Boy", E. Nesbit
  • "Jermain and the Sorceress", Patricia C. Wrede
  • "Una and the Red Cross Knight", Andrew Lang
  • "What the Cat Told Me", Diana Wynne Jones

Hecate's Cauldron, "The Sage of Theare"

edited by Susan Schwartz

In her introduction to Believing is Seeing, Ms. Jones says of "The Sage of Theare":

"'The Sage of Theare' started because I remembered, or thought I remembered, a story by Borges being read on the radio, in which a scholar arduously tracked down a learned man but never quite found him. I have never actually found that story either. If it exists, it behaves like its own plot. ... I was writing Chrestomanci stories at the time, so the story fairly naturally included Chrestomanci. While I was finishing it, Susan Schwartz asked me for something for a collection called Hecate's Cauldron, and with some doubts, I sent it to her. She used it, and to my dismay, it stuck out like a sore thumb. All the other stories were very female. Chrestomanci strides among them like a grasshopper in a beehive."

The copyright page of Believing is Seeing notes that this story was published in this collection, but that's all the information on this book that we have. Anyone who has more information about this collection (particularly a story and author list) should let us know.


Heartache, "The Girl Who Loved the Sun"

edited by Miriam Hodgson

In her introduction to Believing is Seeing, Ms. Jones says of "The Girl Who Loved the Sun":

"One rainy afternoon quite a long time later I sat down and wrote "The Girl Who Loved the Sun". I had been thinking about all those Greek stories where women get turned into plants and animals, and I kept wondering how and why.... It seemed to me that nothing that radical could happen to someone without their personal consent.... When I had done the first draft, I had two phone calls. The first was from my sister, who wanted to tell me she had been writing poems about women who were turned into plants and animals and asking much the same questions I had.... and the second was someone wanting a story about unhappy love. I sent this story, as doubtfully as I had earlier sent 'The Sage of Theare', because I was not sure it quite counted. But they said it did. You must see what you think."

The copyright page of Believing is Seeing notes that this story was published in this collection, but that's all the information on this book that we have. Anyone who has more information about this collection (particularly a story and author list) should let us know.


Dragons and Dreams, "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream"

edited by Jane Yolen

Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream is also a Chrestomanci story.


Arrows of Eros

edited by Alex Stewart

One of the many references sent to me by Abigail, I haven't read this one yet. She tells me: an anthology of 'unearthly tales of love and death' (back cover: 'Do bodices get ripped in outer space?... Which bit goes where when you're talking chlorine-breathing polyps?')

  • "Wildland" - Brian M. Stableford
  • "The Motivation" - David Langford
  • "Howie Dreams" - Anne Gay
  • "Odd Attachment" - Iain M. Banks
  • "Iron Shoes" - Geraldine Harris
  • "Pamela.s Pursuit" - Kim Newman
  • "The Beautiful Biting Machine" - Tanith Lee
  • Street: New Castle, VA, 1984
  • "A Little Magic" - Chris Morgan
  • "The Palomino Boy" - Freda Warrington
  • "Cruel as the Grave" - Alex Stewart
  • "The Song of Women" - Paul Kincaid
  • "The Amorous Adventures of Hogfoot Right" - Garry Kilworth
  • "The Horn" - Stephen Gallagher
  • "Mela Worms" - Diana Wynne Jones
  • "The Cat and the Sleep Compiler" - Christina Lake
  • "The Growing Place" - Simon Ounsley

Digital Dreams, "nad and Dan adn Quaffy"

edited by David V. Barret

In her introduction to Believing is Seeing, Ms. Jones says of "nad and Dan adn Quaffy":

"It was even more fun to write "nad and Dan adn Quaffy". This one is a loving send-up of a well-known author whose writing I admire and read so avidly that I'm sure I know where a lot of it comes from. The idea for it came to me as I typed nad for and for the hundredth time, changed it, and idly realized- among other things- that this other writer did this, too. Typos are a great inspiration. Depending on which side you hit the wrong key, coffee can be either xiddaw or voggrr, both of which are obviously alien substances that induce a state of altered consciousness. And yet again, when I was halfway through it, giggling as I wrote, I was asked for a story about computers."

This story is also in Everard's Ride and Minor Arcana/Believing is Seeing. Thanks to Abigail, who sent me the new reference, and the list of authors included.

  • Garry Kilworth
  • Ben Jeapes
  • David Langford
  • Anne Gay
  • Alex Stewart
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Josephine Saxton
  • Phil Manchester
  • Michael Fearn
  • Storm Constantine
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Keith Roberts
  • Paul Kincaid
  • Paul Beardsley
  • David V. Barrett
  • John Grant
  • Ian McDonald
  • Ray Girvan
  • Steve Jones

Now We Are Sick, "A Slice of Life"
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edited by Neil Gaiman and Stephen Jones, published 1994

Trade Paperback: Dreamhaven Publishing

This is a collection of extremely sick poetry, which conveniently has one section labelled "For Adults Only". I won't read the poems in that section; they're far too nasty. I'm glad I bought this collection, though, since the poems I can stomach are brilliantly funny. Don't give this book to kids without previewing first.

Here's a stanza from Diana's contribution, "A Slice of Life":

What's become of Mr. Grundy?
He hasn't been in school all Monday
A rumour went round in Assembly:
"Our Headmaster's gone to Wembley
To have a rest, and Mrs. Todd
Will be in future known as God."
I found some toenails in my stew.
I don't believe that rumour's true.

The rest of the poem lives up to that promise. The other poems in the collection include:

  • "Now We Are Sick", Neil Gaiman and Stephen Jones
  • "Auntie Ethel", Richard Hill
  • "You Always Eat the One You Love", Kim Newman
  • "Chocolate and Worms", David Garnett
  • "The Dangers of Colour TV", Simon Ian Childer
  • "The Children's Hour", Alan Moore
  • "Radio Nasty", Stephen Gallagher
  • "Something Came Out of the Toilet", Harry Adam Knight
  • "The Secret Book of the Dead", Terry Pratchett
  • "Mummy's Blocked the Lav Again", John Grant
  • "Rice Pudding", Brian Aldiss
  • "Aboard the Good Ship 'Revenger'", Galad Elflansson
  • "The Dream or Omar K. Yam", David Sutton
  • "You're Deceased, Father William", Colin Greenland
  • "A Landlady's Lament", Ramsey Campbell
  • "The Borgia Brats", Garry Kilworth
  • "Another Cursed House Story", John M. Ford
  • "Waiting...", James Herbert
  • "The Thing at The Top of The Stairs", Sharon Baker
  • "Things That Go Bump in The Night", Ian Pemble
  • "In The Dark", Storm Constantine
  • "Lights Out", Alex Stewart
  • "A Mother's Tender Love", Jo Fletcher
  • "Catcawls", Samantha Lee
  • "The Haunted Henhouse", Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • "When the Music Breaks", R. A. Lafferty
  • "Nasty Snow", Jody Scott
  • "Why Private War", Gene Wolfe
  • "The Answering Machine", S. P. Somtow
  • "Warning: Death May Be Injurious to Your Health", Robert Bloch

Love Stories, "The Girl Who Loved the Sun"

Ann Pillingi, published 1997

Publisher's synopsis: "Laughter, tears, and memories shared- that's love! The giddy excitement of a first kiss, the devastation of rejection...Experience all the fun and heartache of romance in this richly varied collection in which dreams come true, hearts are broken, and even the unpredictable can become hilarious."

  • "The Missing Vital Organ" - Betsy Byars (from Bingo Brown and the Language of Love
  • "The Green Behind the Glass" - Adèle Geras
  • "Cinderella Girl" - Vivien Alcock
  • "The Nightingale and the Rose" - Oscar Wilde
  • "Love Letters" - Kate Walker
  • "The Girl Who Loved the Sun" - Diana Wynne Jones
  • "The Worst Kids in the World" (an extract) - Barbara Robinson
  • "The Fat Girl's Valentine" - Ann Pilling (from The Big Pink)
  • "A Railway Story" - Guy de Maupassant
  • "Orpheus and Eurydice" - James Reeves (A Greek myth)
  • "Billie" - Ann Pilling
  • "Lucky Lips" - Paul Jennings
  • "A Star for the Latecomer" (an extract) - Paul Zindel and Bonnie Zindel
  • "The Plate: A Question of Values" - Geraldine McCaughrean (from A Pack of Lies
  • "A Proposale" - Daisy Ashford (from The Young Visitors
  • "I Was Adored Once, Too" - Jan Mark
  • "For Being Good" - Cynthia Rylant
  • "The Water Woman and Her Lover" - Ralph Prince (A Guyanese legend)
  • "The Favorite" - Jacqueline Wilson
  • "Telling Stories" - Maeve Binchy
  • Acknowledgments

Firebirds

Edited by Sharyn November. Published 2003.

Publisher's synopsis: Firebird-the imprint-is dedicated to publishing the best fantasy and science fiction for teenage and adult readers. Firebirds is an equally special anthology. Its sixteen original stories showcase some of the genre's most admired authors, including multiple award-winners Diana Wynne Jones, Garth Nix, Lloyd Alexander, Nancy Farmer, Meredith Ann Pierce, and Patricia A. McKillip. Here you will find a sparkling range of writing, from dark humor to high sword and sorcery to traditional ballads-something for every sort of reader. Finally, to make this anthology even more of a standout, it appears first as a deluxe, jacketed hardcover. Welcome to Firebirds-a must-have for fans of contemporary speculative fiction.

Best Books for Young Readers 2004
Locus's Recommended Reading List 2003

  • "Cotillion" - Delia Sherman
  • "The baby in the night deposit box" - Megan Whalen Turner
  • "Beauty" - Sherwood Smith
  • "Mariposa" - Nancy Springer
  • "Max Mondrosch" - Lloyd Alexander
  • "The fall of Ys" - Meredith Ann Pierce
  • "Medusa" - Michael Cadnum
  • "The black fox" - Emma Bull (adaptation) and Charles Vess (illustrations)
  • "Byndley" - Patricia A. McKillip
  • "The lady of the ice garden" - Kara Dalkey
  • "Hope chest" - Garth Nix
  • "Chasing the wind" - Elizabeth E. Wein
  • "Little Dot" - Diana Wynne Jones
  • "Remember me" - Nancy Farmer
  • "Flotsam" - Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • "The flying woman" - Laurel Winter

Firebirds Rising

Edited by Sharyn November. Published 2006.

  • "Huntress" - Tamora Pierce
  • "Unwrapping" - Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • "The Real Thing" - Alison Goodman
  • "Little (Grrl) Lost" - Charles de Lint
  • "I'll Give You My Word" - Diana Wynne Jones
  • "In the House of the Seven Librarians" - Ellen Klages
  • "Wintermoon Wish" -- Sharon Shinn
  • "The Wizards of Perfil" - Kelly Link
  • "Jack O'Lantern" -- Patricia A. McKillip
  • "Quill" -- Carol Emshwiller
  • "Blood Roses" -- Francesca Lia Block
  • "Hives" -- Kara Dalkey
  • "Perception" -- Alan Dean Foster
  • "The House on the Planet" -- Tanith Lee
  • "Cousins" -- Pamela Dean
  • "What Used to Be Good Still Is" -- Emma Bull