Queers Destroy Fantasy!

Queers Destroy Fantasy!, our special all-queer issue of Fantasy Magazine, funded as a stretch goal of the Queers Destroy Science Fiction! campaign, is now available in ebook and trade paperback.

Queers Destroy Fantasy!
Table of Contents

Original Fiction — edited by Christopher Barzak

  • The Lady’s Maid — Carlea Holl-Jensen
  • The Duchess & the Ghost — Richard Bowes
  • Kaiju maximus®: “So various, So Beautiful, So New” — Kai Ashante Wilson
  • The Lily and the Horn — Catherynne M. Valente

Reprint Fiction — selected by Liz Gorinsky

  • The Ledge — Austin Bunn
  • The Padishah Begum’s Reflections — Shweta Narayan
  • Down the Path of the Sun — Nicola Griffith
  • The Sea Troll’s Daughter —Caitlín R. Kiernan

Nonfiction — edited by Matthew Cheney

  • Eggplant and Unicorns — Mary Anne Mohanraj
  • The Sleepover Manifesto — merritt kopas
  • False Starts — Keguro Macharia
  • Retrofuturism and Agendered Fashion: What Will We Wear? — Ekaterina Sedia
  • Interview: Hal Duncan — Matthew Cheney
  • Artist Spotlight: Priscilla Kim — Matthew Cheney
  • Girls on Boys on Boys — Ellen Kushner

Author Spotlights

  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Kai Ashante Wilson
  • Carlea Holl-Jensen
  • Richard Bowes
  • Shweta Narayan
  • Nicola Griffith
  • Austin Bunn


  • Priscilla Kim (cover)
  • Goñi Montes
  • Odera Igbokwe
  • Sam Schechter
  • Elizabeth Leggett
  • Vlada Monakhova

Editorial Team

Christopher Barzak, Guest Editor / Original Fiction Editor

Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Fantasy Award winning novel, One for Sorrow, which has been made into the recently released Sundance feature film “Jamie Marks is Dead”. His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a finalist for the Nebula and Tiptree Awards. He is also the author of two collections: Birds and Birthdays, a collection of surrealist fantasy stories, and Before and Afterlives, a collection of supernatural fantasies, which won the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection. He grew up in rural Ohio, has lived in a southern California beach town, the capital of Michigan, and has taught English outside of Tokyo, Japan, where he lived for two years. His new novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, was recently published by Knopf. Currently he teaches fiction writing in the Northeast Ohio MFA program at Youngstown State University.

Liz Gorinsky, Reprint Editor

Liz Gorinsky is an editor at Tor Books / Tom Doherty Associates, where she edits a list that includes popular and acclaimed speculative fiction authors Fred Chao, Felix Gilman, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Mary Robinette Kowal, Liu Cixin, George Mann, Cherie Priest, Lev Rosen, Nisi Shawl, Brian Francis Slattery, Catherynne M. Valente, and editors Ellen Datlow, David Hartwell, and Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. She also acquires and edits short stories for Tor.com. She is a five-time nominee for the Hugo Award in the Best Editor, Long Form category. She also co-runs the Floomp, a queer dance party at WisCon. In her free time, she enjoys going to the theatre and other live art, playing obscure games, and cooking and eating food from around the world. She lives in Alphabet City in Manhattan.

Matthew Cheney, Nonfiction Editor

Matthew Cheney is the former series editor for the Best American Fantasy anthologies, and he currently co-edits the occasional online magazine The Revelator with Eric Schaller (http://revelatormagazine.com/). His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a wide variety of venues, including Nightmare, One Story, Weird Tales, Black Static, Icarus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Locus, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. His collection Blood: Stories will be published by Black Lawrence Press in January 2016.

Richard Scott Larson, Assistant Editor

Richard Scott Larson holds an MFA from New York University, which he earned at the Writers Workshop in Paris. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in failbetterJoylandStrange Horizons, BoothSubterraneanShimmerEclectica,PindeldybozDaily Science Fiction, and other venues. His short stories have also been reprinted in Beyond Binary and Wilde Stories: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction. He contributes genre film reviews and book criticism to Slant Magazine andStrange Horizons, and he often serves as a judge for short fiction competitions at NYC Midnight. Born and raised in St. Louis, he now lives in Brooklyn and works for the Expository Writing Program at NYU.

Robert Levy, Assistant Editor

Robert Levy is an author of unsettling stories, screenplays and plays whose work has been seen Off-Broadway. A Harvard graduate subsequently trained as a forensic psychologist, his first novel, the contemporary dark fairy tale The Glittering World, was published worldwide in February by Gallery/Simon & Schuster. Shorter work has appeared in Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction, Shadows & Tall Trees, and the Harper Perennial anthology The Moment, among others. Robert can be found in his native realm of Brooklyn, as well as online at TheRobertLevy.com.

Erica Satifka, Assistant Editor

Erica L. Satifka’s fiction has appeared in ShimmerDaily Science Fiction, and Clarkesworld. When not writing, she works as a freelance editor and teaches classes on SF/F writing at Portland Community College. She identifies as a bisexual woman and lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon with her genderqueer spouse Rob and three needy cats. Follow her on Twitter @ericasatifka or visit her website at www.ericasatifka.com.

Gretchen Treu, Editorial Assistant

Gretchen Treu is a queer feminist bookseller from Madison, Wisconsin. Gretchen has served as a Tiptree Award juror, procures books for the current jury, and has been involved with organizing WisCon for the past several years. Gretchen is active in a variety of fandoms both online and off, spending time enthusiastically sharing opinions on fanworks, books, comics, and beets. You can find Gretchen on twitter: @gretchening

Tracie Welser, Editorial Assistant

Tracie Welser’s work has appeared in Interzone, Crossed Genres, Outlaw Bodies and Lightspeed Magazine’s Women Destroy Science Fiction. She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and is currently working on her first novel, an post-apocalyptic roadtrip through a landscape populated by motorcycle stuntwomen and talking animals.

Henry Lien, Art Director

Henry Lien is an art dealer and proprietor of The Glass Garage Gallery in Los Angeles. He represents artists from North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  His artists have appeared inARTnews, Art in America, Juxtapoz, The Huffington Post, and Time Magazine, and been collected by and exhibited in institutions and museums around the world. Henry has also served as the President of the West Hollywood Fine Art Dealers’ Association and a Board Member of the West Hollywood Avenues of Art and Design. Henry also has extensive experience as an attorney and teaches at UCLA Extension. In addition, Henry is a speculative fiction writer. He is a Clarion West 2012 graduate, has sold his work to Asimov’s, Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and Interfictions, and has been nominated for a Nebula. He is originally from Taiwan. Visit his author website at henrylien.com.