A Cathedral of Myth and Bone

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone

In these sixteen exquisite stories Kat Howard deftly weaves in and out of the countries of myth and hagiography to write the lives of women untold and unexplored.

A woman being written into her boyfriend’s fiction is at first flattered to be his muse, but then finds her real life literally consumed and overtaken by his. A desperate young woman makes a prayer to the Saint of Sidewalks, but the miracle she receives isn’t what she expected. A painter spies a naked man, crouched by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, transform into a beautiful white bird and decides to paint him, and becomes involved in his curse. Jeanne, a duelist and a sacred blade for God and Her holy saints, finds that the price of truth is always blood. And in the novella “Once, Future” Howard reimagines the Arthurian romance on a modern college campus as a story that is told, and told again, until the ending is right.

Title:A Cathedral of Myth and Bone
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781481492157

    A Cathedral of Myth and Bone Reviews

  • Marija (Inside My Library Mind)

    More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library Mind “The story knows the way of its telling.” As a Whole... All of these stories revolve around myths and legends and thus have a common them...

  • Kelly

    Be skeptical when a writer writers her own introduction to her short stories, especially when she uses the word "hagiography" in it and its last sentences are "Turn the page. I have miracles to offer ...

  • Margaret

    I love Kat Howard's short stories, so of course I also love this collection. I'd read many of the stories before, but a stand out new one for me was Once, Future, and Authurian retelling set on a mode...

  • Jackie Cowgill

    I had a difficult time deciding between 3 and 4 stars. I chose 4 because ultimately the great stories in this anthology outweighed the not so good. And none of the stories were bad, but I just didn't ...

  • Mike Chen

    Kat Howard has constantly shown that she can ground fantastical elements in contemporary storytelling. This, along with wonderful prose and sharp characterization, is why her novels ROSES AND ROT and ...

  • Marzie

    This fascinating and varied collection of short stories (and in one case a series of vignettes that form a novelette) by Kat Howard is actually the first time I've read a good bit of this author's wor...

  • endofmarch

    This could have been a 4 stars collection but for some reason I hit a wall with it and it took me weeks to feel like coming back to it. Something along the way made me lose interest, but I can't say w...

  • Megan

    Favorite stories: Maiden, Hunter, BeastOnce, FutureSaints' TidePainted Birds and Shivered BonesThe Calendar of Saints...

  • Jazmine

    3.5 starsMy favorite stories were probably A Life in Fictions, Saints' Tide, and The Saint of the Sidewalk....

  • DeeDee

    (Thank you to Edelweiss and Saga Press for providing this DRC in exchange for an honest review)One of my new favorite books, and certainly my favorite short story collection to date! I would recommend...