TOR TO PUBLISH ILLUSTRATED “ICE DRAGON”
March 21, 2006
Tor Books will publish a new deluxe edition of my short fantasy “The Ice Dragon” this September, as part of their Young Adult line. The book will be lavishly illustrated by the acclaimed British fantasy artist Yvonne Gilbert, with the beautiful cover seen here and black & white drawings on every page.
Born and raised in Northumberland, Yvonne Gilbert’s previous work includes a long list of beautiful covers and several illustrated books, among the A Dictionary of Fairies and the Richard Adams novel Iron Wolf. It has been a thrill having her illustrated my work. If you would like to see more of Yvonne’s art, check out her website at http://www.yvonnegilbert.com .
“The Ice Dragon” was written in 1979, and has always been one of my personal favorites among my shorter works. It was originally published in the Orson Scott Card anthology Dragons of Light (Ace, 1980) and has appeared in several of my collections, most recently GRRM: A RRetrospective (Subterranean, 1983) , but this edition will be a little different. To make the story more suitable for children, the text has been divided into short chapters and certain minor changes and cuts have been made (most notably, one very violent scene has been toned down, though it was only a matter of removing a couple of sentences).
Parris has been telling me for twenty years that “Ice Dragon” would make a wonderful children’s book, and a great way to introduce my work to younger readers. Thanks to Yvonne Gilbert and the good folks at Tor for making it happen. Look for The Ice Dragon in the YA section of your favroite local bookstore, come September 28… and look closely, because some of the copies will be signed.