Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep

Paula Guran
fantasy, anthology
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep - Paula Guran

Edited by Paula Guran.

The sea is full of mysteries and rivers shelter the unknown. Dating back to ancient Assyria, folkloric tales of mermaids, sirens, rusalki, nymphs, selkies, and other seafolk are found in many cultures, including those of Europe, Africa, the Near East and Asia. Dangerous or benevolent, seductive or sinister — modern masters of fantasy continue to create new legends of these creatures that enchant and entertain us more than ever. Gathered here are some of the finest of these stories. Immerse yourself in this wonderful — and sometimes wicked — watery world!


  • Elizabeth Bear Bear • Swell
  • Samuel R. Delany • Driftglass
  • Neil Gaiman • The Sea Change
  • Delia Sherman • Miss Carstairs and the Merman
  • Margo Lanagan • Sea-Hearts
  • Christopher Barzak • The Drowned Mermaid
  • Genevieve Valentine • Abyssus Abyssum Invocat
  • Seanan McGuire • Each to Each
  • Sarah Monette • Somewhere Beneath Those Waves Was Her Home
  • Peter S. Beagle • Salt Wine
  • Caitlín R. Kiernan • The Mermaid of the Concrete Ocean
  • Amanda Downum • Flotsam
  • Cat Rambo • The Mermaids Singing Each to Each
  • Anna Taborska • Rusalka3
  • Chris Howard • The Mermaid Game
  • Gene Wolfe • The Nebraskan and the Nereid
  • Angela Slatter • A Good Husband
  • A. C. Wise • Letters to a Body on the Cusp of Drowning
  • Jane Yolen • The Corridors of the Sea
  • Lisa L. Hannett • Forever, Miss Tapekwa County
  • Catherynne M. Valente • Urchins, While Swimming
  • Tanith Lee • Magritte’s Secret Agent
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Release date: May 2015
Genres: fantasy, anthology
Updated: August 23, 2021