On Thursday, November 12, Mountain City Traditional Arts in Frostburg hosted a book reading featuring author Andy Duncan, a fiction writer and faculty member of Frostburg State University’s English Department. To a packed house, Duncan read excerpts from his recently published short story, “The Dragaman’s Bride” which was included an anthology of dragon stories aptly titled The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy. The anthology includes work from various authors and is edited by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann. The Dragon Book is the sequel to the 2007 collection Wizards: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy, which also featured a short story of Duncan’s, “A Diorama of the Infernal Regions, or The Devil’s Ninth Question.”
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It is interesting to see what exactly inspires a writer and where they capture their ideas from. When reading a story, do you feel it helps to know it’s origins, or do you feel it takes away from one’s own imagination?