The author of The Time Traveler's Wife, part of World Book Night 2012, is to write a new short story about faeries
She is known for writing otherworldly tales about time-travelling love affairs and haunted cemeteries, and now bestselling author Audrey Niffenegger is to turn her hand to the world of the fae for a new short story collection.
It is the first time that the author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry has published a story in an anthology, which is to be titled Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, and published in November this year by sci fi publisher Solaris.
Niffenegger said that "The Wrong Faerie" will be about Charles Altamont Doyle, "a Victorian artist who was institutionalised for alcoholism. He was also the father of Arthur Conan Doyle, and he believed in fairies.”
Editor-in-chief at Solaris, Jonathan Oliver, described her as "an author with a great talent for subverting genre norms and delivering the unexpected". Other authors to write for the anthology include Alison Littlewood, Dan Abnett and Christopher Fowler.
Michigan-born Niffenegger is best known for her multi-millionselling The Time Traveler's Wife, which was made into a film starring Eric Bana and was picked by book-lovers as one of the launch books for last year's inaugural World Book Night.
Her Fearful Symmetry, a saga about ghosts and secrets, was set around London's Highgate Cemetery where Niffenegger still sometimes gives tours. She is currently working on her third novel The Chinchilla Girl in Exile.
Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane will be published by Solaris in November.