For Bloomsday: “Herself”

by Diane Duane
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In the heart of Dublin, something is killing the People of the Hills — and it’s going to take Ireland’s only superhero to stop it…

Bloomsday is almost upon us, so here’s a little something to help celebrate the occasion.

“Herself” was originally written for the 2004 anthology of Irish fantasy, Emerald Magic, and differs from most other stories in that anthology in that it’s urban fantasy, set in pre-economic-crash Dublin. It was a very different time, now looked back on in Ireland as often with a kind of loathing as with longing: and the story tells of a danger that walked the streets of the Fair City in those days, and how some of the town’s more unusual residents dealt with it.

Sometimes when Bloomsday rolls around it’s available for reading here (under the cut). It’s gone right now, but  if you’re interested in reading it you can pick up a copy of the collection in which it appears, “Uptown Local” and Other Interventions.


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Kristine June 27, 2013 - 3:48 am

I truly love this story! It made me laugh and miss Dublin. I instantly recommended it to a professor I had in college who is a Jame Joyce scholar and founder of Bloomsday in Buffalo. I visited Dublin with him as part of a college trip dedicated to following Joyce’s footsteps. Your work is actually one of the reasons I took the the two thousand dollar trip. I read A Wizard Abroad in high school and it instilled in me a fascination with Ireland that would stay with me when I heard about this class that involved studying Joyce and looking beyond what is visible to understand a new world.-

A May 19, 2014 - 10:56 am

This story was lovely.

Dwight Williams June 13, 2014 - 12:43 am

Never been to Dublin or Zürich, probably never will be…so my thanks for this glimpse into the mythologies still growing, changing…

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