Reviewers, bloggers, and librarians get World Fantasy Award Winner Patricia A. McKillip’s DREAMS OF DISTANT SHORES

“McKillip’s is the first name that comes to mind when I’m asked whom I read myself, whom I’d recommend that others read, and who makes me shake my grizzled head and say, ‘Damn I wish I’d done that.’”
—Peter S. Beagle, author of THE LAST UNICORN and SLEIGHT OF HAND


Review copies of the endlessly astonishing and impressive fantasist Patricia A. McKillip’s new collection of  lyrical and powerful stories DREAMS OF DISTANT SHORES are now available via NetGalley.

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Dreams of Distant Shores

by Patricia A. McKillip

ISBN: 9781616962180

Published: June 2016

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital Books

youthful artist is possessed by both his painting and his muse.
Seductive travelers from the sea enrapture distant lovers. The statue
of a mermaid comes suddenly to life. Two friends are transfixed by a
haunted estate.

love Patricia McKillip’s novels, but even more, I am passionate
about her brilliant short stories—those coruscating jewels that are
both remarkable for their language, their power, their wit, and their
depth. She writes pure fantasy and historical fantasy with equal
ease. More, more please.”
–Jane Yolen, author of BRIAR

author Patricia A. McKillip (THE RIDDLE-MASTER OF HED) is one of the
most lyrical writers gracing the fantasy genre. With the debut of
three brand-new stories, DREAMS OF DISTANT SHORES is a true ode to
her many talents. Fans of McKillip’s ethereal fiction will delight
in these previously-uncollected tales; those new to her work will
find much to enchant them.

Fantasy Award winner McKillip can take the most common fantasy
elements—dragons and bards, sorcerers and shape-shifters—and
reshape them in surprising and resonant ways.”
starred review

read—and reread—McKillip eagerly. She reminds me that fantasy is
worth writing.”

—Stephen R. Donaldson, author of
the Chronicles
of Thomas Covenant





McKillip is the real thing and always has been. She shows the rest of
us that magic can be made with words and air; that is it worth doing
and worth doing well.”

—Ellen Kushner, author

imagery and wry humor…McKillip’s rich language conveys real
strangeness and power.”


skillfully knits disparate threads into a rewardingly rich and
satisfying story.”


luminous prose and compelling characters combine to produce a
masterwork of style and substance.”



  • Weird
  • Mer  (Original Story)
  • The Gorgon in the Cupboard
  • Which Witch
  • Edith and Henry Go Motoring (Original Story)
  • Alien (Original Story)
  • Something Rich and Strange
  • Writing High Fantasy (Essay)

For more info on DREAMS OF DISTANT SHORES, visit the Tachyon page.

Cover by Thomas Canty