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Eleven tales of the queer fantastic by award-winning author Catherine Lundoff. A bookstore clerk goes on a quest for the Norns while a couple of mercenaries wake up to some big surprises at their favorite inn. Shakespeare’s sister, Judith, forms an alliance with playwright Christopher Marlowe. A witch attempts the wrong love spell and a young prince meets an irresistible ...more
Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published January 1st 2017 by Queen of Swords Press
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Conrad Zero
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Lundoff is the Hipster Queen of Queer Characters. She's been writing them for over a decade and Out of this World proves it. Queen of Swords Press put together a marvelous collection of Catherine's short stories starring non-het protagonists. Fans of Crimson Peak or Pride, Prejudice and Zombies will enjoy the genre fiction written with a literary sensibility.

Difficult to narrow down my favorite stories, but Medium Mechanique is great spooky steampunk, The Egyptian Cat oozes
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Heather Jones
If I had to sum up Lundoff’s collection Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories in a single word (which would be a totally unfair thing to require me to do) it would be “versatile.” This volume touches base on a broad variety of genres and subgenres yet succeeds in being a unified stylistic whole. There is everything from steampunk horror to hard-boiled alien invasion to magical police procedural, each story both drawing lovingly from its literary inspirations and turning them ...more
Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Catherine Lundoff's Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories is an excellent and highly enjoyable collection of eleven stories that can be classified as the queer fantastic and feature LGBTQ characters. It's the first book from Queen of Swords Press, which is a new independent small press.

As many speculative fiction readers are aware of, LGBTQ characters are seldom seen in speculative fiction stories, because heterosexual characters can be found
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Sacchi Green
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Out of This World suggests entering other worlds. The worlds Lundoff transported me to were well worth visiting, and the distinctive voices of the characters drew me into their stories. Some were more to my taste than others, but I could enjoy the writing in all of them. My favorites are the faery world of "A Scent of Roses," a satisfying what-happened-afterwards take on the Tam Lin tale; the semi-real world of "At the Roots of the World Tree" where a determinedly ordinary clerk in a sentient ...more
Warren Rochelle
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tales of the queer fantastic. Queer speculative fiction stories. What can the discerning reader expect? Distant planets? Ghosts, witches, old gods? The Queen of the Fay. A magical bookstore (are not they all, to some degree?). Body-theft. Steampunk? Vampires? Yes, the discerning reader will not be disappointed. The fantastic is here indeed.

In this first collection published by Queen of Swords Press, the reader will find a steampunk ghost story, Beauty and the Beast retold with vampires, and a
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Ruthie
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I would rate even lower if there hadn't been a couple of stories that really stood out from the rest. Overall? The ebook was poorly formatted, there was no information about any of the authors except the one who had put the book together, and I couldn't even figure out who the author was for one story. Some of the stories just didn't work, and one was so annoying I completely skipped it.
Mathew Walls
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
I thought "speculative fiction" was another term for "hard sci-fi". This is not that. This is shit. The first story was incomprehensible - I couldn't tell who was speaking or acting at any time or what was going on. The second an third weren't as bad, but they were completely uninteresting. So I stopped reading after that (about a quarter of the way through).
Anne Barwell
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ebook
This anthology contains very different stories across a range of sub-genres. The world building was interesting, and I'd love to see some of these characters and their worlds expanded into longer stories.
Lindsay
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book full of stories.
All these are fantasy and pure fun and the love included.
I really enjoyed this and would love to read more from this author.
I won this book in a competition and I couldn't be happier with this.
Thank you for this book Catherine
Caitlin
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty typical short story collection, hit or miss. I enjoyed a few, but many I just didn't connect to.
Ken Cook
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
An ebook, this collection of tales was interesting for its variety of characters and venue. Each story had developed voices to move the plot along, with enough description to give me a visual.
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A a remarkable variety of delightful and vivid tales.
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Entertaining short stories, some with a dark twist.
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Catherine Lundoff’s stories have appeared in over 80 publications including Callisto: A Queer Fiction Journal, The Cainite Conspiracies, Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam, So Fey: Queer Faery Stories, The Mammoth Book of Professor Moriarty Adventures, Tales of the Unanticipated, Periphery: Erotic Lesbian Futures, Farrago’s Wainscot and Best Lesbian Erotica. She is the author of Out of This ...more