So I’ve discovered this cool thing called Scheherezade’s Bequest. It happened while reading C.S.E’s LiveJournal, when I should have been working. Right next to a pic of a young woman kissing a horse is this entirely C.S.E-like comment:
OH, SEE!!! Scheherezade’s Bequest 11 is up at www.cabinetdesfees.com! And cucumberseed‘s story is there, and shvetufae‘s got a thing in it, and I wish I weren’t at work, so I could REEEEEAAAAAAD IT!!!
To conceal my curiosity about the horse (not to mention my obvious guilt at having less self-control than she during work hours), I asked C.S.E. to explain Scheherezade’s Bequest to me.
Because she knows everybody (and I mean everybody), C.S.E. passed my request along to co-editor Erzebet YellowBoy, who kindly explained that Scheherezade’s Bequest is the online component of the altogether splendid Fairy Tale Journal Cabinet des Fées, which explores the fairy tale in fiction and fact.
Here’s Erzebet’s explanation:
Cabinet des Fées came about because in 2005, there was only one genre market (that I could find) for specifically fairy-tale themed material and it was by invite only. I decided that wasn’t enough! Obviously there were markets for fantasy fiction and poetry, and obviously fairy tales can fall into that category, but I wanted to create a thing that focused completely on this field of study. When I mentioned on my LJ about how I couldn’t do it without help, my friend Helen Pilinovsky said let’s do it! And we did.
Scheherazade’s Bequest is the online offering of fiction and poetry. Cabinet des Fées began much as it is now, with a quarterly poetry offering (SB) and an assortment of essays, references, bibliographies, etc., on the website as well. The overall site was called Cabinet des Fées.
When Prime Books said ‘hey, let’s make a print issue’, we decided to name it after the site to keep it distinct from SB, which was only ever meant as an online microzine. We’ve had three issues in print through Prime, while SB continued online. Issue 3 in print was the last one to be published by Prime. Cabinet des Fées is now wholly a Papaveria Press production, and Papaveria will be publishing our next print issue whenever we get around to doing it.
You can find a more in-depth explanation on their About Page.
While you’re there, enjoy the thoroughly charming latest issue of Scheherazade’s Bequest. which contains “Rules for Entering Enchanted Cities” by Megan Arkenberg, “Souk of Dreams” by Keyan Bowes, “Spin Me a Yarn” by Angela Rega, and much more.
Cover art for issue 2 (above) by Charles Vess.