Originally in : Blood and Other Cravings.
I’ve a fondness for Lanagan’s stories, as they tend to a darkness and an exploration of the underbelly of fantasy/sf that other’s tend to leave alone. And she doesn’t disappoint here.
In a remote forest, the families in a small village have been making money from silk – but the source of that silk….
We follow a young man from the village as he sees exactly what happens as part of this process, treated with virtual contempt by the well-dress city-dweller whom he has been tasked to help find a Mulberry Boy. It’s like The Hobbit/LoTR should be, none of that Tom Bombadil nonny-nonny queen of the elf stuff!