In these troubling times, fantasy authors are here for us. We all need some escapism these days. To that end, author Jo Walton has teamed up with a group of fellow writers to publish free short fiction. This work is available via a new venture they are calling The Decameron Project.
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— Jo Walton (@BluejoWalton) March 16, 2020
The Decameron Project Has Its Roots In Another Plague Era Work
The project takes its name from a 14th-century work by Italian writer Giovanni Boccaccio, when Europe was in the midst of the Black Death. The Decameron follows a group of writers telling stories to stay occupied while hiding out from the plague. You may have read it in a high school English class. Never dreaming that you would find yourself in the same situation someday.
In the spirit of the original work, fantasy authors from all over the world are contributing short fiction to the project. Currently available over on Patreon, donations are welcome but not required to read the short stories. Walton says that the project plans to post a new free story every day ‘while the plague lasts.’
Author Jo Walton | Image via Wikimedia Commons
According to Tor, participating authors will include Daniel Abraham, William Alexander, Mike Allen, Leah Bobet, Maya Chhabra, Pamela Dean, Max Gladstone, Heather Rose Jones, Rosemary Kirstein, Naomi Kritzer, Rebecca Kuang, Ellen Kushner, Marissa Lingen, Usman Malik, Ada Palmer, Laurie Penny, Shiv Ramdas, Alter Reiss, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, Effie Seiberg, Robert Silverberg, Caroline Stevermer, Sonya Taaffe, and more.
Now is a great time to support artists who have lost income due to the pandemic sweeping the globe. Check out the first three stories available now via Patreon, and thank your favorite writer for their hard work today.
(Featured image is a painting of The Decameron by legendary painter John William Waterhouse via Wikimedia Commons)
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.