Shifting Hearts

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The front cover of Shifting Hearts

Shifting Hearts is a romance anthology featuring otherkin and therian love interests. It was published by Good Mourning Publishing in July of 2013.[1] Two stories from Shifting Hearts were read by Nova at the March 2023 Draconic Summit,[2] and the full book was read at OtherCon in 2023.[3]

Summary[edit | edit source]

Shifting Hearts contains seven short stories about a variety of nonhuman phenotypes:[1]

  • Indeed The Cry by Lauren Brownless, featuring a sea raven
  • Junebug Alien by Elizabeth Coppen, featuring a catlike alien
  • Raining Cats and Dogs by Elizabeth Coppen, featuring a margay and a dhole
  • The Journey by Rai Scodras, featuring an alien
  • Looking the Real You in the Eye by Chris Witham, featuring an angel
  • Crossing the Line by Lyn Thorne-Alder, featuring a coyote, a wolf and a magpie
  • Like Calls to Like by Esther Day, featuring a dragon

Background[edit | edit source]

Little is known about the circumstances or people behind the creation of Shifting Hearts. Good Mouring Publishing posted an open call for submissions to their website on December 27th, 2012,[4] additionally soliciting responses on Tumblr,[5] Reddit[6] and Facebook.[7] The call explicitly disallowed stories involving p-shifting, demonstrating some foreknowledge of community terminology and issues.[4] The post did not specify whether the authors must be otherkin or therian, and the biographies of the accepted authors do not specify any information about their personal identities.[1]

The initial open call stated that anthology would include a foreword from Lupa, author of A Field Guide to Otherkin.[4] However, upon publishing, the foreword was written by Good Mourning Publishing itself.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Chase Nottingham, ed. (July, 2013) "Shifting Hearts" Good Mourning Publishing.
  2. Nova. (March 2023) "Shifting Hearts" Draconic Summit March 2023.
  3. Nova. (August 13th, 2023) "Shifting Hearts Reading" OtherCon 2023.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Good Mourning Publishing. "Open Call" (Archived version)
  5. goodmourningmedia. (December 27th, 2012) "OPEN CALL “Shifting Hearts” Otherkin/Therian Romance Anthology"
  6. akacosmic. (ca. 2012) "Open call: Stories for Otherkin/Therian Romance Anthology"
  7. Good Mourning Publishing. (December 27th, 2012) "OPEN CALL "Shifting Hearts" Otherkin/Therian Romance Anthology"