Scheherazade’s Facade

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Scheherazade’s Facade
edited by Michael M. Jones
$14.95 paperback, 208 pages, ISBN 978-1-61390-058-1
$9.99 ebook, 116,000 words ISBN 978-1-61390-059-8

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About the Book:

“For starters, honey, I don’t believe in Hell–that’s just some old man’s way of telling me reasons why I can’t be me. Like “biology is destiny” means I have to be a boy.”
– “Lady Marmalade’s Special Place in Hell” by David Sklar

There have always been stories of those willing to blur or transcend the traditional gender roles. Some do it out of necessity, others are merely embracing their true selves. Sometimes it’s for fun, other times survival. Every culture has their gender benders, their cross-dressers, their rule breakers. From Bugs Bunny to Mulan, Alanna of Trebond to Klinger, our folk heroes and cultural icons push boundaries and challenge expectations.

In Scheherazade’s Façade, twelve of today’s most intriguing authors spin tales of magic, mystery, self-discovery and adventure, each with a twist. In these pages you’ll find shape-shifting dragons, triumphant drag queens, tragic selkies, lost princes and would-be warriors. You’ll find star-crossed lovers and mysterious travelers, cross-dressers and gender bending heroes of all sorts.

This launch title for Circlet’s new Gressive Press imprint features all-new fantasy and urban fantasy from Tanith Lee, Sarah Rees Brennan, Tiffany Trent, Aliette de Bodard, Alma Alexander, David Sklar, Melissa Mead, C.S. MacCath, Paolo Chikiamco, Sunny Moraine, Lyn C.A. Gardner, and Shanna Germain.

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Back in 1996, Circlet Press published a fairly ground-breaking anthology for its time, GENDERFLEX: Sexy Stories on the Edge and In-Between. The book has been hard to get for a while, though you still find some copies on Amazon every so often ( ).

Recently, A.M. Dellamonica wrote about reading the book in a post on ( “Sometimes speculative fiction can tell you who you are,” she writes. “Before reading [Genderflex], I’m not sure I ever would have said there was anything about my gender that was all that complicated. Afterward, I realized that in some of those stories were picture-perfect versions of myself.”

“It wasn’t lifeshattering…. That part of my life was remarkably in balance, even if I was somewhat clueless about it. Even so, Genderflex kicked me into a gentle forward motion. It was an early step on the journey that led to me identifying, today, as bigendered.”

We had a party to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Circlet Press at Wiscon this past weekend, also, and we asked people to write their reminiscences of past Circlet books and adventures down for us. This one was left anonymously, but I thought was well worth quoting: Read the remainder of this entry »

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“Scheherazade’s Facade: Fantastical Tales of Gender Bending, Cross-Dressing, and Transformation” is a collection of short stories “in which the protagonist or other major characters are disguised or transformed, or otherwise challenge traditional gender roles … heroes and villains, warriors and tricksters, drag queens and cross-dressers, cisgendered, transgendered, and everything in-between.”

Editor Michael M. Jones originally began work on this book for Norilana Press a few years back. Read the remainder of this entry »

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We had our sorta ‘coming out’ party (in the sense of debutante coming out, not the regular queer kind…) this past weekend at Wiscon, the Feminist Science Fiction Convention in Madison, WI. We sponsored the “Genderfloomp” dance party (i.e. chipped in for the snacks and drinks…) and passed out our first official “Writers Wanted” flyers!

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Coming soon: calls for submissions, news about upcoming titles like Scheherazade’s Facade edited by Michael M. Jones, and more!

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