Map of Dreamsby M. Rickert
Set in a reality where nightmares do not fade upon waking, this anthology skims along the surface of life and dips just beneath, revealing the hidden machinations that fuel dreams. These underlying myths and fantasies exist not as musty old stories but as ancient truths that have come to illuminate the modern human condition.
The title story touches on themes of grief, redemption, and time travel; Cold Fire ventures into love and obsession; and Peace on Suburbia introduces readers to a Christmas with an entirely different kind of savior. These and 13 other tales are framed by four interludes – Dreams, Nightmares, Waking, and Rising – that guide readers through a world that is at once familiar and eerily off-kilter.
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Mary Rickert, known as M. Rickert (born 1959), is an American writer of fantasy fiction. Many of her stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Her first collection, Map of Dreams, was published by Golden Gryphon Press in 2006; her second collection, Holiday, appeared in 2010 from the same publisher. She lives in Wisconsin.
Rickert's fiction has won or been nominated for several major awards. "Journey into the Kingdom" was nominated for the 2006 Nebula Award for Best Novelette and an International Horror Guild Award, and won the 2007 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction. Map of Dreams won the 2007 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection and the 2007 Crawford Award, and the collection's title story was nominated for the 2007 World Fantasy Award for Best Novella.