“When the Elves Are Gone” part two now up at World of Myth! And other writing updates


Last month, I shared the publication journey of my short story, “When the Elves Are Gone” along with the link to the first part, published in the August issue of World of Myth magazine.

I’m happy to report that part two is now available as well! Here’s the link:


And, if you like poetry more, my poem “Army Brat on Oahu, 1980-1982” was published in the Black Fox Literary Magazine 2022 summer issue, available here: https://www.blackfoxlitmag.com/current-issue/

This was an exciting publication for me, as Black Fox is one of my favorite literary magazines.

Hope you enjoy these, and don’t forget to check out the other great writers in these issues!

Beyond these recent publications, I just inked a contract for my dark humor short story, “The Haunted and The Possessed”—featuring a late-night mugging endangering the life of the demon in possession of the mugged body now haunted by its former occupant—which will appear in the anthology Unwelcome: Tales of Hauntings and Possessions, forthcoming from Zombie Works Press. I’ve just completed the draft of a poetry chapbook. And I recently finished the third in seven planned stories for a collection of tales featuring Dr. John S. Watson, the amiable and anxiety-riddled great-grandson of Dr. Watson of Sherlock Holmes fame, who finds himself in the midst of chaotic mysteries after unwittingly taking on the family business of treating the supernatural beings who help solve unsolvable crimes.

And don’t worry . . . I’m also hard at work on the scholarly things! My co-editor and I submitted what I have affectionately nicknamed “The Beast”–an edited collection entitled Ethics in the Arthurian Legend, comprising 621 pages, 175,621 words, and eighteen contributors, now safely in the possession of our publisher and on its way to production. I completed revisions on and returned to the editors a teaching essay for an upcoming issue of Year’s Work in Medievalism, and I am working on revisions to another article and a proposal for another edited collection (already completed, just need a publisher). And I’ve submitted my monograph proposal to an interested university, press, so fingers crossed!

And finally, no I’m not all work and no play! We also made time last weekend to head out to Centennial apple farm to pick apples, and you know what that means: fall baking! Here’s the recipe for the tarte aux pommes I made: https://www.thespruceeats.com/french-apple-tart-tarte-aux-pommes-2394428

And here is what it looked like before my family wolfed it down and demanded I make a second one:

tarte aux pommes

Let me spare you some grief if you decide to take my lead: make sure you get enough apples and have enough ingredients on hand for at least two tartes. You’ll need them. This thing is deeeeeeeeeeelish.


About Melissa Ridley Elmes

Professor and writer; Unrepentant nerd; chaotic good. Author of Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems. PhD, MFA. She/hers. Views my own.
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