Otherworld has a new upper class—humans. And those werewolves and sorcerers and alchemists have industrialized Faerie itself, churning out magical goods that command a high price in the mundane world. But when they fire Charles the gnome, well, that's just too much to take.
It seems that the new synthetic blood substitutes (readily available, highly nutritious, and completely disgusting) have led these socialites to believe that they can run their factories on nothing but vampire labor. And though vampires are stupid, smelly, and ponderously boring, they keep quiet, thinking they’re getting a good deal.
Charles is lucky enough though to have Otherworld's first investigative reporter on his side: Jane, a half-vampire with all the smarts the devil denied other vampires. He has to help Jane convince the other workers to strike, convince the whole of Otherworld to work together. But a budding romance complicates everything while the discovery of darker powers, driving what the humans have called Progress, threatens the doom of two worlds.
"The Great Faerie Strike," says Spencer, "is just the weirdest, most fun idea I've ever had for a novel. A Marxist gnome union leader! A plucky vampire reporter! It's my Eugene Debs/Nelly Bly in the Otherworld fanfic ship. It was also easily the hardest project I ever wrote. Between 2006 and 2014 I pecked and pecked, rewrote and deleted, and then earlier this year, deleted most of it and started over. I'm so pleased that my weird little book has a place at Broken Eye Books."
The Great Faerie Strike will be published in Spring 2019.
Spencer Ellsworth has been writing since he learned how. He is the author of the Starfire trilogy, a series of short space opera novels from Tor.com beginning with A Red Peace. He has also published short fiction in Lightspeed, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other places. He lives in Bellingham, Washington with his family and works at a small tribal college. He hopes to die on the back of a brave mammoth, charging a thicket of enemy spears, with seven chocolate bars in his mouth.
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