New anthology delivers 29 dreampunk stories
Fans of the metaphysical and weird, rejoice! A new collection of strange stories examining the nature of reality—and unreality—has made its way to the waking world.
Mirrormaze: A Dreampunk Anthology, edited by Cliff Jones Jr., is the first work of its kind and is intended to introduce a wider audience to the fledgling genre it spotlights.
According to whatisdreampunk.com, “dreampunk fiction often makes use of surreal imagery, esoteric symbolism, dream logic (which may not be entirely logical), dream-related technology, false/subjective realities, shamanism, and Jungian psychology…
“There are no rules, no limits, and nothing can be taken for granted.”
I’m thrilled to report that one of my own short stories was selected for inclusion in the anthology. “Drifters” is a prequel of sorts to The Soul Sleep Cycle, introducing readers to the phenomenon of dream drifting—the ability of a select few to enter the dreams of others.
Fans of The Soul Sleep Cycle might think of the story as “When Milton Met Allie.”
Of course, “Drifters” is just one of many twists within Mirrormaze. The back-cover blurb offers a broader depiction of what readers will encounter:
We find ourselves in a very strange place.
Technology is embedded so deeply in our lives that it no longer feels separate. It’s taken for granted, like breathing. Whatever can be imagined can be experienced, if not in the “real” world, then somewhere else. Somewhere better. This is our new reality. We live inside our heads, in our dreams.
Come navigate a labyrinth of visions, illusions, nightmares, and fantasies. Explore the nascent genre of dreampunk with 22 of its finest authors as they examine and transform the dreamscapes that we call our lives. Get lost among the twists and turns, ascending to the upper limits of both wonder and dread.
Do you dare enter the Mirrormaze?
Mirrormaze: A Dreampunk Anthology is available as an e-book and paperback at Amazon.com.