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Welcome to Bordertown

co-edited with Ellen Kushner and featuring introduction by series creator Terri Windling

Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists’ studios of Soho.

Terri Windling’s original Bordertown series was the forerunner of today’s urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner. In this volume of all-new work (including a 15-page graphic story), the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.

For more information about Terri Windling’s Bordertown series (and plans to re-release the original books as ebooks), go to the Bordertown Series Website.


Welcome to Bordertown was nominated for a Locus Award in 2012.

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“This is punk-rock, DIY fantasy, full of harsh reality and incandescent magic…a masterful anthology.”

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“It’s easy to be transported by each entry’s rich details and compelling characters, but this page-turner’s biggest success is in how veteran authors simultaneously address the themes through traditional fantasy tropes and current reality.”

—School Library Journal, starred review

“It’s a book for young adults in the sense that it’s a book about runaways and growing up and what it means to belong, but it’s also a book for the readers who’ve been with Borderlands since the beginning. It can be different things to different people.”

—Brit Mandelo,