If I talked about Carole Lanham and her new upcoming novella, “Cleopatra’s Needle”, it is only fair to mention another emerging writer full of wonderful talent who captured my attention and her new novella. This writer is Cate Gardner and her latest release is “In the Broken Birdcage of Kathleen Fair”. I stumbled upon Cate Gardner’s fiction for the first time on Mark S. Deniz’s anthology “Dead Souls” and since then I enjoyed her stories whenever I got the chance. And there were quite a few such occasions, as it can easily be seen on the bibliography page at the author’s website. I also had the pleasure to read and add to my collection of books Cate Gardner’s excellent collection of short stories “Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits and other curious things”, the chapbook “Nowhere Hall” and the two novellas “Barbed Wire Hearts” and “Theatre of Curious Acts”. Of course, I dream of reading a novel written by Cate Gardner, but until my desire would become reality I am delighted to see more of her fiction being published or due to be released. It is true that “The Bureau of Them” is only published by Spectral Press in 2015, but “In the Broken Birdcage of Kathleen Fair” is already available through The Alchemy Press as an eBook. The Kindle format is available on Amazon, while for the ePub version you can contact the publisher (details here).
When the mirror released Kathleen into the unknown, for the briefest of moments she giggled and realised that she’d never laughed before. She had been a blank canvas, sitting and waiting in a room and occasionally bouncing from wall to wall desperate for freedom - and now she was out. White walls no longer surrounded her. In this new place, a thousand mirrors spun reflecting worlds.