Title: O for a Fiery Gloom and Thee
Author: Brian Stableford
In: Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Fae
Dates read: 30th April 2020
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Like the rough-hewn roads of myth and history, the many roads of England were not at this time wont to run straight.
A classic styled tale of the fae and the passions that are ignited.
There was something completely beautiful and stunning about the language used in this story. It had that great lyrical value that doesn’t often show it’s face in contemporary writing. The story felt somewhat familiar, as it would to anyone who has an obsession with tales of the fae. I loved that this felt both familiar and new as the gorgeous lyricism of the story evolved.
One of the things that come up again and again for me in tales of the fae is that theirs is a passion that I don’t quite understand. Which is beautifully illustrated in this short story. Not only does it highlight that they are untenable. But also subject to their own whims and desires…
I look forward to rereading this story in the future – there is something beautifully lyrical about it that just screams to be read again. The style of the prose is of the sort that I know I will read this again and again in a journey of constant self-discovery.