Free fantasy story from Subterranean Press - A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong
by K.J. Parker. Winner of the 2012 World Fantasy Award for novella. Read on line or use Send to Kindle.
K. J. Parker is an author of fantasy fiction. The name is a pseudonym and the writer's true identity has never been revealed. Very little is definitely known about Parker, even his or her gender, and there has been speculation as to his or her real name.
While Parker's stories take place in alternate universes with invented geographies and histories, some of the typical features of fantasy fiction such as explicit use of magic are not present. The stories tend to have tragic themes with characters whose actions are unintentionally, ultimately self-destructive.