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Alexandra Brandt spent most of her childhood dressing up in fairy wings and parading in front of the mirror telling stories to herself. Not much has changed: she still loves a good costume, and tells herself stories every day.
Her short fiction appears in Fiction River and other anthologies, and has made it onto Tangent Magazine's 2017 and 2018 Recommended Reading lists. “We, the Ocean,” her story in Fiction River Vol. 22: No Humans Allowed, was described as “inventive, heartbreaking, and wholly original” by Hugo award-winning writer and editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
When not spinning tales, reading, or debating worldbuilding details with her writer husband, Alex writes marketing copy for a medical practice and does graphic design work, including freelance book cover design. She occasionally sings in a choir, and always welcomes any excuse to sit down and play tabletop games—from D&D to board games to cards.
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Cross over into a world where the mischievous gods, goddesses, monsters, and heroes of Celtic mythology live among us, intermingling with unsuspecting mortals and stirring up mayhem in cities and towns on both sides of the Atlantic, from Limerick and Edinburgh to Montreal and Boston.
A collection of seventeen short stories, Neon Druid mixes urban fantasy and Celtic mythology, creating a universe where lecherous leprechauns and debaucherous druids inhabit the local pubs, and where shapeshifting water spirits from Scotland and sword-wielding warriors from Ireland lurk in the alleyways.
The stories inside this anthology are independent narratives set within the urban centers and environs of this shared Celtic Otherworld. Some are tales of supernatural horror. Others are street-level fantasy adventures. And still others are farcical, whiskey-drenched fairy tales. Fans of Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and Maria Dahvana Headley (The Mere Wife) who enjoy seeing ancient stories and characters reimagined for modern times will feel right at home within the pages of Neon Druid. But rest assured, even if you’re unfamiliar with the (incredible) authors mentioned above, there’s still a good chance that you—or a friend, or coworker, or loved one, or mortal enemy—will be a good fit for Neon Druid.
Who Is NEON DRUID For?• Short story-lovers who are in the mood for an anthology that is (roughly) equal parts whimsical, supernatural, darkly humorous, and horrifying—but, ya know, in a good way.
• Folks who are interested in and/or have a passion for all things related to Celtic mythology (including Irish mythology, Scottish mythology, Welsh mythology, Cornish mythology, Manx mythology, & Breton mythology).
• Readers who are already fans of urban fantasy / urban mythic fantasy and are curious to see what Celtic mythology can bring to the genre. (Hint: Irish werewolves. And whiskey. And, for some reason, lots of axes. You’ll see.)
What Kinds of Mythological Beings Will I Meet in NEON DRUID?Inside Neon Druid, you will encounter an entire pantheon of monsters, spirits, & deities that have been pulled from the illuminated pages of Celtic mythology. These include, but are not limited to:
• Ankou: a personification of death in Breton mythology
• Banshee: a female spirit who warns of approaching death by shrieking or wailing
• Buggane: a shapeshifting ogre/troll native to the Isle of Man
• Cernunnos: horned god of the Celts, associated with fertility, life, animals, wealth, & the underworld
• Kelpie: a shapeshifting Scottish water spirit that often takes the form of a horse
• Morrigan: Irish goddess of war, fate, & death who often takes the form of a crow; sometimes described as a trio of sisters
• Ogma: Irish god of eloquence, literature, & language; credited with the invention of Ogham script
• Selkie: a Scottish water spirit that can transform from seal to human by shedding its skin
NEON DRUID Story ListDreams of Gold • Madison McSweeney
The Faoladh • Patrick Winters
The Flat Above the Wynd • Alexandra Brandt
Mari Lwyd • Jennifer Lee Rossman
Under Construction • Matthew Stevens
Jace and the Daoine Shi • Tom Howard
The Burning of
Enter the world of Faerie!
The summer sun bathes the earth in warmth and light,
Faeries dance under the moon at night.
Cross through the portal into a land ancient, beautiful, and wild.
See the wonders that enticed the stolen child.
Come away, O reader! To the Realm of Faerie.
But if you want to make it back home, you had better be wary…
This collection includes twenty tales of faeries and magic set in our world–and in others.
What if you followed a path through a city park, and found yourself in another land? What if the archway you just passed is really a portal to Faerie? What if the guardian of an opening into our world has perished, and left the doorway unattended?
If you catch a glimpse of the Faery Queen
Consider whether you should remain unseen
If you come across a faery ring
Listen to the wind laugh, and murmur and sing
But beware, for if you enter the world of the Fae
You may have no choice but to stay...
Walk through the doorway and into sixteen different worlds of magic and enchantment.
Table of Contents
1. "Flower Fairies" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2. "BrideThief" by Brigid Collins
3. "Feyland: The Dark Realm" by Anthea Sharp
4. "Phouka" by Liz Pierce
5. "The Giving Year" by Alexandra Brandt
6. "Summerland's Paladin" by Diana Benedict
7. "Real Girl" by Leslie Claire Walker
8. "The Troll's Belt" by J.M. Ney-Grimm
9. "The Clockwork Fairy Kingdom" by Leah Cutter
10. "The Kitchen Imps and Other Dark Tales" by A. L. Butcher
11. "Faerie Fruit" by Charlotte E. English
12. "By Winter's Forbidden Rite" by DeAnna Knippling
13. "Dark Dancer" by Jaleta Clegg
But water hides secrets - including those of the creatures that live in its depths...
- What if mermaids really do exist, and they lure men to their deaths?
- Why might bodies suddenly start washing up on shores all around the world?
- What if you discovered a lost girl is the daughter of a water spirit?
This collection contains stories about water creatures - sirens, kelpies, Hawaiian man-sharks, selkies, kraken, shapeshifters, and more - by twenty different authors.
Table of Contents
1. "The Women of Whale Rock" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2. "Kelpie Christmas: A Paranormal Romantic Adventure" by Steve Vernon
3. "Radioactive Magic" by Bonnie Elizabeth
4. "Salt Water" by Deb Logan
5. "To Each Her Own" by Rebecca M. Senese
6. "Water Horses" by Lisa Silverthorne
7. "Vale of Semūin" by Eric Kent Edstrom
8. "The Jaws of the Mano" by Chuck Heintzelman
9. "Skydiving to the Gods" by Stefon Mears
10. "The Black Marker at the End of Time" by Ron Collins
11. "Monkey Sea, Monkey Do" by Robert Jeschonek
12. "Like At Loch Ness" by Karen L. Abrahamson
13. "Contact" by Marcelle Dube
14. "Abby Crumb: Bad Luck, Good Fortune" by Louisa Swann
15. "The Rusalka" by DeAnna Knippling
16. "An Idol for Emiko" by Travis Heermann
17. "Mother of the Waters" by Leigh Saunders
18. "We, the Ocean" by Alexandra Brandt
19. "And the Sea Shall Give Up Its Dead" by P.D. Cacek
20. "To Be a Monster" by Jamie Ferguson
In “Sidewynd,” Sky Patel balances life between Edinburgh and its mirror in the faerie realm. Until the balance breaks.
In “The Flat Above the Wynd,” Sky’s inherited responsibilities double when past mistakes come back to haunt her.
In “Banoffee Pie and Black Pudding,” Alyssa Granville’s troubles begin with a strange gift from a stranger Irish man.
In “(Not a) Fairy Tale,” a bullied teenage girl learns a startling truth. But fairies don’t go to high school...do they?
In “They Stole My Love Last Night,” Celtic music, fairies, and ghosts collide, turning a bitter story sweet.
And in these pages, a rainy day might bring excitement with a whiff of danger. Or the kind of magic that brightens your week.
Now, despite her best intentions, Sky finds her careful balance cracking. And she may be called to do more--and be more--than she could ever believe possible.
An urban fantasy short story about finding strength in what you love.
"A Flat Above the Wynd" by Alexandra Brandt
"The Earthbloods of Carapet" by Joe Cron
"The Faerys Choice" by Jamie Ferguson
"A Walk With Georgia" by Debbie Mumford
"A Chance to Escape" by Laura Ware
"Queen of the Mouse Riders" by Annie Reed
"The Portal" by Barbara G.Tarn
"The Traveler" by C.A. Rowland
"Wolf Warlock" by Meyari McFarland
"The Dancer at the Red Door" by Douglas Smith
Forget the old adage that cautions against wishing. The sixteen stories in this latest Fiction River contain just the right amount of heart, magic, pathos, and even hope. From a daughter hoping to save her father with a crash-course in wishery to an unfortunate victim at the wrong end of someone else’s wish, these stories show teens trying to wish away their problems—with often unexpected results. But no matter the dilemma, this volume of Fiction River promises to lift your spirits and remind you just how much magic the universe offers.
“Fiction River: Wishes is a themed anthology with YA stories. It's always a risk writing stories for such a well-worn trope, but there is still room for new variations and the book manages to find more than just a few.” —Tangent Online
"[Fiction River: Wishes] makes great reading." —Tangent Online
Table of Contents
“The Rock of Kansas” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“Movie Boy and Music Girl” by Ron Collins
“Upon_a_Starship.pgm” by Brigid Collins
“Ellen Double Prime” by Alexandra Brandt
“Twin Wishes” by Jamie Ferguson
“Granted” by Robert Jeschonek
“If Wishes Were Kisses” by Lesley L. Smith
“A Winged Heart” by T. Thorn Coyle
“What Alanna Wished, How, and Why” by Dave Raines
“Blame it on the Ghosts” by Annie Reed
“Family, Fair and True” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“True” by Leslie Claire Walker
“How I Became a Fairy Godmother” by Bonnie Elizabeth
“Starfish at Ebbtide” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Turquoise Trail” by Diana Deverell
“As Fast as Wishes Travel” by Dale Hartley Emery
Until Mac sees a flash of light no one else can see.
And their lives start unraveling, piece by piece.