Release: Hic Sunt Dracones

Hic Sunt Dracones
edited by Clare McBride

…what do you do for the Con that has everything for its twenty-fifth outing? Try to give it back the immense blessings it has given you. The essays in this short anthology celebrate the community, passion, and truly unique fun that Dragon*Con gives to its guests every year, from the perspective of staff, seasoned veterans, and complete newbies. We all hope that reading this anthology will give you a taste of just what it’s like during those fantastic four days at Dragon*Con, and maybe even entice you to join us for the big two-five in September.

I got the idea for this anthology after Dragon*Con last year sitting in my Econ class. (I am truly getting the most out of my education.) I then sighed about how I would never be able to do it, until I remembered—we’re fans. We can basically do anything we set our minds to. Going from that idea to this final product has been a remarkably fulfilling and wonderful experience, and I couldn’t have done it without my fabulous contributors and their equally fabulous stories—Lindsay Gordon, Othella Morris, Nadine Palmer, Kevin Stallard, and Michael J. Winegar.

Happy twentieth-fifth, Dragon*Con. We hope you like it.

I am not affiliated with Dragon*Con save as an attendee.

Release: Cautionary Tales

Cautionary Tales
edited by Clare McBride

Cautionary Tales collects the original folk tales behind the Disney animated features in their most enduring forms, from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” (adapted in 1989) to Charles Perrault’s “Cinderella” (adapted in 1950) to the Brothers Grimm’s rendition of “Rapunzel” (adapted in 2010 into Tangled). Each folk tale has a particular message, whether it’s a gentle jab at gender relations in “The Ballad of Mulan” or teaching young girls how to cope with arranged marriages in “Beauty and the Beast”—in the end, they’re all cautionary tales.

…Yeah, I thought the Dragon*Con anthology was going to be my first anthology. Go figure! This idea grabbed me in February and wouldn’t let go, leaving me to spend a couple of weeks compiling and then learning how to create ebooks. It’s certainly been a learning experience! I’m actually really glad that this is my first digital anthology; it means the Dragon*Con anthology will be a lot easier to put together. Since tomorrow is my birthday, this is my birthday gift to you—I hope you like it!