Albert A. Dalia
Albert A. Dalia is a scholar of medieval Chinese history, longtime resident of East Asia, and practitioner of various Chinese arts who has turned his decades of life experience into fiction writing. He has published a series of short stories written in the style of traditional Chinese tales of the supernatural, which are collected in Strange Tales from the Dragon Gate Inn; a wuxia shenguai (heroic supernatural fiction) novel, Dream of the Dragon Pool: A Daoist Quest (which has also been translated and published in Chinese); and his newest novel, Listening to Rain, the first volume in the medieval China adventure series: The Adventures of the Shaolin Blade Tanzong. He also teaches in the Boston University Writing Program.
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innkeeper had not happened. "It is the realm of the Immortals, the realm that has fascinated me for most of my life. At the age of fifteen,
"But there is the realm of the truly fantastic, beyond Yin and Yang," I said, returning to the converstation as if the interlude with the
Ah Wu didn't blink. The innkeeper scurried away, counting in his head the profits he was racking up on all these luxuries.
honey and cinnabar and perhaps some sweet rice cakes for our large friend." I smiled at Ah Wu. He continued to ponder Miss Chen's reactions.
The main courses had been laid bare, the vegetables well picked over, and the rice exhausted. "Yet, I believe it was crabapples steeped in