C.S.E. Cooney’s Jack of the Hills is Available Today

C.S.E. Cooney’s Jack of the Hills is Available Today

jack-of-the-hillsJust to prove that Howard Andrew Jones isn’t the only Black Gate staff member with talent the size of a planet,  we’re proud to announce that our website editor C.S.E. Cooney has published her book Jack of the Hills today through Papaveria Press.

Papaveria Press was founded by Erzebet YellowBoy. Along with The Winter Triptych by Nicole Kornher-Stace (also appearing today), Jack of the Hills is the first book in Erzebet’s new Wonder Tales line of elegant paperbacks.

Jack of the Hills is a collection of two celebrated tales, “Stone Shoes” and “Oubliette’s Egg.” It is 69 pages and available in print, epub and mobi editions.

Jack Yap once had his mouth sewn shut for talking too much. His brother Pudding has to wear stone shoes or he’ll just wander off. Will little obstacles like these keep the boys out of trouble? Not for the twinkling of an eye. There is magic in the hills, shapechangers and monsters, and Jack Yap has a hankering to meet them all and maybe kill a few. What he and Pudding find in the hills, however, changes both their lives, taking them out of the country and into the cruel and wonderful world, where witches and princesses await. Sometimes they are even the same person.

Here’s what Ellen Kushner, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Thomas the Rhymer, said about Jack of the Hills:

Stunningly delicious! Cruel, beautiful and irresistible are C.S.E. Cooney’s characters and prose. Just when you thought fantasy had devolved into endless repetition, ’Jack o’ the Hills’ blows us all over the next hill and into the kingdom beyond. C.S.E. Cooney is a rare and exciting new talent. Whatever she offers us next, I’ll waiting in line to read.

You can order your copy here.

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Scott Taylor

Grats Claire!

C.S.E. Cooney


Thanks, John!!!

Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks!

I shall look forward to reading it.

Jason T

Congratulations, Ms. Cooney.

C.S.E. Cooney

Thank you, Howard. Meantime, I’m burning to read yours. It’s funny how I can either read a lot or write a lot, and right now I’m writing a lot. But the wheel will come round again, and your book is first on my list.

And thank you, Jason T!

C.S.E. Cooney

And Scott, too! Thanks!

[…] Hills, a collection of two linked short stories, in hardcover and limited-edition trade paperback just last year through Papaveria Press. Now comes word that C.S.E. has released the first part of Jack o’ […]

[…] Which is why we were so intrigued when we heard that Mike was working on his first dark fantasy novel. The book was edited by our own C.S.E. Cooney, who demonstrated an unerring ability to spot talent as Website Editor for Black Gate from 2010 to 2012 — and whose own rare writing gifts are on display in her recent books, How to Flirt in Faerieland & Other Wild Rhymes and Jack o’ the Hills. […]

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