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New Treasures: Mountain by Ursula Pflug

Sunday, December 24th, 2017 | Posted by John ONeill

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I’ve been seeing the name Ursula Pflug pop up more and more in the last few years — in magazines like Lightspeed and Strange Horizons, and prestigious anthologies like David Hartwell’s Northern Suns and Postscripts. Matthew David Surridge reviewed her first short story collection After the Fires for us back in 2012, saying:

I don’t remember where I first came across Ursula Pflug’s name… From what I’d heard, she was a Canadian writer of literary fantasy, which was enough for me to take a chance on the book… Overall, these are quiet tales, surreal, dreamlike, and often elliptical… Still, there’s a clarity to the stories. Though filled with loss and despair, they often conclude with hope: they seem parables about seeking healing or wholeness, fables of fitting into place…

The stories are ultimately memorable, fascinating, because of the precision of language, and because the language briefly gets across the radical instability of fiction: in worlds constructed only of language, not of physics, anything can happen… It’s a distinctive element of a brief and strange collection. After the Fires is fascinating work, haunting and unfamiliar.

On her website she describes her latest, Mountain, as “a near-future cli-apocalypse YA thing.” It’s a novella published by Inanna Publications on June 20, 2017. It is 98 pages, priced at $19.95 in trade paperback and $11.99 for the digital edition. The cover was designed by Val Fullard.

3 Comments »

  1. […] There was also a nice Christmas Eve mention of Mountain on Black Gate. […]

    Pingback by Mountain on Tangent's 2017 Rec'd Reading List Plus Review by Victoria Silverwolf - Ursula Pflug - January 5, 2018 10:46 am

  2. Thanks so much for the heads up, John! Just a note–it’s my poet daughter Kelly who has published in the amazing Goblin Fruit, not me. Also, while I quite like “apocalapse”, I do require the services of a full time proofreader.

    Comment by ursulapflug - January 9, 2018 8:38 am

  3. Hi Ursula!

    > it’s my poet daughter Kelly who has published in the amazing Goblin Fruit, not me.

    Whoops! Thanks for the correction. I changed “Goblin Fruit” to Strange Horizons (and if your daughter has been published there too, I give up.)

    And who knew there were two talented Pflugs in one family?? How is that fair?

    > Also, while I quite like “apocalapse”, I do require the services of a full time proofreader.

    Thanks for the catch! I had to glare at that word for 20 seconds before I realized it was misspelled. I rather like it too, but since it’s been fixed on your website, I fixed it here too. :)

    Comment by John ONeill - January 9, 2018 11:02 am


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