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The tap handle comes down, the water stops, the paper falls into the basket. The door creaking, shutting. Silence. Once more the still night. Lone steps that echo just a little.
— “The day of the salamander”, Imperfect Tales (2016)


Inês Botelho was born in Vila Nova de Gaia in 1986. She is the author of the fantasy trilogy The Sceptre of Aerzis – comprised of Daughter of the Worlds (2003), Lady of Night and Mists (2004), and Queen of the Lands of Light (2005) – and also of the novels Prelude (2007) and The past we shall become (2010). She has several short stories published and pens a column for Revista Bang!. With a degree on Biology and a Master of Anglo-American Studies from the University of Porto, she wrote her dissertation on representations of “Beauty and the Beast” in some of Angela Carter’s tales. She is currently a collaborator of CETAPS – Centre for English Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies.