And since Greek myth retellings seem to be something people enjoy reading as well as something I enjoy writing, I thought I’d take this opportunity to post a round-up of all the short-form retellings I’ve done over the years. There are of course elements of Greek myth, especially Greek tragedy, given my background in theatre, in most of my work. For example, Vampire: The Masquerade - Sins of the Sires is structured along different arcs that mirror ones from Greek myth (Cassandra, Atreides, Medea, Oedipus, and Achilles). But here are some more explicit retellings that should be easily recognizable:
- “The Names of Women” in Strange Horizons (2018), is retelling the myth of Tereus, Procne, and Philomela. Fragmented times, fragmented people, and myths that bind until they don’t.
- “The Shape of Gifts,” published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (2020), features a gender-challenged Tiresias studying birds and trying to avoid the traps of fate.
- “One’s Burden, Again,” published in Clarkesworld (2019), is based on the myth of Sisyphus--but in space!
- “Every Black Tree,” published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (2017), is loosely based on the Bacchae and retells the myth of Pentheus, except in this version of the story he's come back from his dismemberment at the hands of his mother.
- “The Nightingales in Plátres,” in Clarkesworld (2017), blends the story of Abraham with Agamemnon’s dilemma at Aulis. A retrofuturist tale in which the Greeks made it to Mars in the 1960s.
I hope you enjoy these! And if you do, here’s a round-up of Greek myth retellings by Greek authors in The Linguist Magazine you might find of interest. If your favorites are not on the list, drop them in the comments!