Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History

In 1514 Hungary, peasants who rose up against the nobility rise again – from the grave. In 1633 Al-Shouf, a mother keeps demons at bay with the combined power of grief and music. In 1775 Paris, as social tensions come to a boil, a courtesan tries to save the woman she loves. In 1838 Georgia, a pregnant woman’s desperate escape from slavery comes with a terrible price. In 1900 Ilocos Norte, a forest spirit helps a young girl defend her land from American occupiers.

These gripping stories have been passed down through the generations, hidden between the lines of journal entries and love letters. Now 27 of today’s finest authors – including Tananarive Due, Sofia Samatar, Ken Liu, Victor LaValle, Nnedi Okorafor, and Sabrina Vourvoulias – reveal the people whose lives have been pushed to the margins of history.

For bibliographies and author notes on the stories, settings, and history in Long Hidden, visit www.longhidden.com.

This title is out of print.

“An absolutely unprecedented anthology, dazzling in range and scope, beauty and strength. A success in every sense.”

~ Saladin Ahmed


TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Sofia Samatar – “Ogres of East Africa”
Thoraiya Dyer – “The Oud”
Tananarive Due – “Free Jim’s Mine”
S. Lynn – “Ffydd (Faith)”
Sunny Moraine – “Across the Seam”
Rion Amilcar Scott – “Numbers”
Meg Jayanth – “Each Part Without Mercy”
Claire Humphrey – “The Witch of Tarup”
L.S. Johnson – “Marigolds”
Robert William Iveniuk – “Diyu”
Jamey Hatley – “Collected Likenesses”
Michael Janairo – “Angela and the Scar”
Benjamin Parzybok – “The Colts”
Kima Jones – “Nine”
Christina Lynch – “The Heart and the Feather”
Troy L. Wiggins – “A Score of Roses”
Nghi Vo – “Neither Witch Nor Fairy”
David Jón Fuller – “A Deeper Echo”
Ken Liu – “Knotting Grass, Holding Ring”
Kemba Banton – “Jooni”
Sarah Pinsker – “There Will Be One Vacant Chair”
Nnedi Okorafor – “It’s War”
Shanaé Brown – “Find Me Unafraid”
Nicolette Barischoff – “A Wedding in Hungry Days”
Lisa Bolekaja – “Medu”
Victor LaValle – “Lone Women”
Sabrina Vourvoulias – “The Dance of the White Demons”

Cover art by Julie Dillon
Edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older

Review copies of Long Hidden are now available. To request a review copy or for more information, please contact questions@longhidden.com.

More Reviews

“Fox and Older have taken a grand task upon themselves, and the results are laudable.”

~ Publishers Weekly (Full review)

“This book’s existence proves a couple things: that there are both writers and consumers for a book with a message of resistance and social justice, and that such a project can be an absolute joy to read. Long Hidden is, in fact, one of the strongest speculative fiction anthologies I’ve read.”

~ The Future Fire (Full review – WARNING, heavy spoilers!)

“Rather than coming off as a Special More Diverse Edition of historical fantasy, it reads well enough – particularly in the very strong first half – that it makes mainstream historical fantasy feel poorer by comparison. Long Hidden shows us the richness of setting and character that is available to us if we make use of all of history, not just the clichéd parts. So, why aren’t the rest of us using it?”

~ Innsmouth Free Press (Full review)

“I loved Long Hidden… Not all of the stories have happy endings – but I think they’re still well worth your time.”

~ The Lesbrary (Full review)

“Sharp, brilliant, and curated so well that it’s like walking into a museum of the mind, this is a collection everyone should read.”

~ Seanan McGuire

“Full of passion, love, anger, and honesty, these stories are a powerful reminder that there’s so much more to our world, our histories, and our genre. I hope we’ll see more Long Hidden collections in the future.”

~ Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer

Long Hidden is a collection that demands to be read, featuring a host of wildly memorable characters that burst onto the page to tell their own history. This is speculative fiction at its finest.”

~ Nathan Bransford

“There’s an array of creative crafting represented here, in both traditional folk tales and more modern twists on some classics.”

~ Romantic Times Book Reviews (Full review)

“This collection is a broad melange of myth, history, and story that should delight a variety of readers.”

~ Tobias S. Buckell


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