Vacui Magia: Stories

L. S. Johnson

  • Short Story Collection
  • Formats: Ebook and print
  • Adult        Rating: 18 and up
  • Standalone
  • Genres:
    • Contemporary Fantasy
    • Dark Fantasy
    • Historical Fantasy or Sci-Fi
    • Legends and Fairy Tales
    • Magic Realism

Winner of the 2nd Annual North Street Book Prize! Dwarves and golems, Fates and minotaurs, metamorphoses, murder, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. L.S. Johnson delivers a provocative and original short story collection that ingeniously blends myth and nightmare. Whether it concerns the efforts of an infertile witch to construct a golem-baby, or a daughter's quest to understand a father's guilt and a mother's supernatural infidelities, or a woman's violent association with a group of possibly imaginary but nonetheless dangerous little men, each of the eight stories in this remarkable collection demonstrates the limitless capacity of intelligent speculative fiction to enthrall, inspire, and amaze.

  • Elements:
    • aliens (friendly),
    • animals (supernatural or fantastic),
    • fantastic beings,
    • historical figure(s),
    • magic in any form,
    • scary creature (s),
    • witch (es)
  • Themes:
    • social inequality,
    • conflict with authority,
    • facing the unknown,
    • family ties,
    • feminism
  • Violence or battles: fairly important to the plot. Highly described
  • Romance: some flirting.
  • Intimacy: sexual acts are described without details occasionally
  • Cursing: Mild
  • Humor: The book is not funny
  • Characters:
    • Main protagonist(s) is(are) female
    • Important characters are mostly female
    • Main Characters' ethnicity or ancestry is not described
  • Author: L. S. Johnson
    • San Leandro, California
    • L.S. Johnson lives in Northern California, where she wrangles four cats and a spouse; in her free time she writes weird fiction and fantasy. Her first collection, Vacui Magia, won the 2nd Annual North Street Book Prize and is now available. Find out more about her and sign up for her mailing list at


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