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About Amanda C. Davis
Amanda C. Davis writes dark fantasy, light horror, and the very softest science fiction. Her short fiction and poetry has appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including Cemetery Dance and InterGalactic Medicine Show; been adapted for audio, including in Parsec-winning podcasts Pseudopod and The Drabblecast; been reprinted extensively, including in translation (Ténèbres 2015) and in Year’s Best Weird Fiction, vol. 2; and was collected in 2013 along with her sister Megan Engelhardt‘s work in Wolves and Witches: A Fairy Tale Collection from World Weaver Press. She has an engineering degree and an obsession with baking the perfect macaron. Visit her on Twitter (@davisac1) or at http://www.amandacdavis.com.
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Blend reality with fantasy. Mesh science fiction with mystery. Mix history with what should have been. They are all chimera.
A shadow tells a tale of schoolyard bullies. A long-vanished monster returns from the cold dark. Make-up makes up a life. Alchemy, Atlantis, and apocalypse. These 26 tales bring both chaos and closure to dark and elusively fantastic geographies.
Contributing authors include:
~ Alexandra Seidel ~ KV Taylor ~ Marge Simon ~ Pete Aldin ~ Michael M. Jones ~ Simon Kewin ~ BD Wilson ~ Gabrielle Harbowy ~ Sara Cleto ~ Megan Engelhardt ~ Michael Fosburg ~ Megan Arkenberg ~ Lilah Wild ~ Laura VanArendonk Baugh ~ Milo James Fowler ~ Brittany Warman ~ Michael B. Tager ~ L.S. Johnson ~ Beth Cato ~ C.S. MacCath ~ Sammantha Kymmell-Harvey ~ Steve Bornstein ~ Suzanne van Rooyen ~ Michael Kellar ~ Jonathan C. Parrish ~ Amanda C. Davis ~
Two young women defy the devil with the power of friendship. The pilot of a talking plane discovers a woman who transforms into a swan every night and is pulled into a much more personal conflict than the war he’s already fighting. A pair of twins with special powers find themselves in Eva Braun’s custody and wrapped up in a nefarious plan. A team of female special agents must destroy a secret weapon–the spindle–before it can be deployed. Retellings of The Little Mermaid, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Monkey King, Swan Lake, Pinocchio and more are all showcased alongside some original fairy tale-like stories.
Featuring stories by Zannier Alejandra, Alicia K. Anderson, Jack Bates, Patrick Bollivar, Sara Cleto, Amanda C. Davis, Jennifer R. Donohue, Juliet Harper, Blake Jessop, A.A. Medina, Lizz Donnelly, Nellie Neves, Wendy Nikel, Brian Trent, Alena Van Arendonk, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Sarah Van Goethem, and Robert E. Vardeman.
Read this book to:
* Meet communist werewolves, mad scientists, and Jewish vampires.
* Reject novel pitches from famous zombie novelists.
* Provide psychotherapy for Cthulhu.
* Domesticate angry gods.
* Install Linux on a dead badger.
Includes the following stories:
“No Children, No Pets” by Esther Friesner
“43 Responses to ‘In Memory of Dr. Alexandra Nako'” by Barbara A. Barnett
“Kvetchula’s Daughter” by Darrell Schweitzer
“The Great VuDu Linux Teen Zombie Massacree” by Lucy A. Snyder
“Good Neighbors” by Amanda C. Davis
“Happily and Righteously” by Larry Hodges
“Stalking the Zombie” by Mike Resnick
“Restless in R’yleh” by Oliver Buckram
“P.R. Problems” by Eric James Stone
“Hot Fudge and Whipped Cream” by Tarl Kudrick
“Death: A List” by Tanya Bryan
“Soccer Mom Smackdown” by Julia S. Mandala
“The God Whisperer” by Daniel J. Davis
“Meat and Greet” by Jamie Todd Rubin
“Something Virtual This Way Comes” by Laura Resnick
“The Story of Emily and Control” by Scott Alexander
“Howl!” by Jody Lynn Nye
“Final Corrections” by M. Bennardo
Camille Alexa, “The Skin of Her Skin”
M. Bennardo, “The Fish-Wife’s Tale”
Polenth Blake, “Thwarting the Fiends”
Shay Darrach, “I Know a Secret”
Amanda C. Davis, “O How the Wet Folk Sing”
Paul A. Dixon, “One Let Go”
Corinne Duyvis, “The Applause of Others”
Megan Engelhardt, “Anansi and the New Thing”
Sam Fleming, “What the Water Gave Her”
Andrew S. Fuller, “A Salmon Tale, 2072”
H.L. Fullerton, “The Fish Are There On Land”
Cate Gardner, “Too Delicate for Human Form”
Zachary George, “You, Fish”
Sarah Hendrix, “Never to Return”
Tim Kane, “Vanity Mirror”
Andrea Kneeland, “Becoming Human”
Jessie Kwak, “Needlepoint Fish of Azure City”
April L’Orange, “Quick Karma”
Claude Lalumière, “Xandra’s Brine”
Ken Liu, “How Do You Know If a Fish Is Happy?”
Tracie McBride, “The Touch of Taniwha”
T.J. McIntyre, “How Did the Catfish Get a Flat Head, You Wonder?”
Timothy Nakayama, “Fallen Dragon”
Mel Obedoza, “The Fisherman and Golden Fish”
Suzanne Palmer, “Lanternfish In the Overworld”
Jennifer R. Povey, “Water Demons”
Cat Rambo, “The Fisher Queen”
Maria Romasco-Moore, “Fisheye”
Alex Shvartsman, “Life at the Lake’s Shore”
A. D. Spencer, “Fish Tears”
Bear Weiter, “The Talking Fish of Shangri-La”
Mjke Wood, “The Last Fisherman of Habitat 37”
Andreea Zup, “Maria and the Fish”
Classic authors: John Buchan, Robert W. Chambers, L. Maria Child, Arthur Conan Doyle, Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, George Griffith, Edward Everett Hale, Nathaniel Hawthorne, E.T.A. Hoffman, Robert E. Howard, Washington Irving, Percival Leigh, A. Merritt, Edward Page Mitchell, Edgar Allan Poe, Howard Pyle, Walter Scott, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne.
- The performers in a traveling carnival suddenly find themselves in mortal danger from their latest exhibit.
- A Bible salesman discovers a reclusive family who worships something older... and closer.
- A good Samaritan stopping to give roadside assistance encounters something far more dangerous than a flat tire.
Plus nine more tales of the chilling and macabre!
This issue contains “Hazards” by Justin Pollock, “Darnell Behind Glass” by Jeff Crook, “The Mine” by Jason V. Shayer, “Ricky and the Elder Gods” by S.M. Williams, “Gingerbread and Ashes” by Jaelithe Ingold, “Dear Management” by Tom Wortman, “In the Place Where the Tree Falleth” by Michael Lutz, “Laundry Night” by Stephen Hill, “Hello Operator” by Donny Waagen, “Courting the Queen of Sheba” by Amanda C. Davis, “A Requiem for Tarsenesia” by William Knight, and “The Hole” by Rob Errera.
[originally published as "Arcane #1"
Featuring fresh new stories from Michael Fosburg, Lynn Hardaker, Stephanie A. Cain, Andrew Bourelle, Suzanne J. Willis, Samantha Kymmell-Harvey, Hal J. Friesen, C.S. MacCath, Michael B. Tager, Jonathan C. Parrish, Amanda C. Davis, Lilah Wild, Sara Cleto, Alexandra Seidel, Mary Alexandra Agner, Cory Cone, Jeanne Kramer-Smyth, Beth Cato, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Megan Engelhardt, Danielle Davis, Brittany Warman, BD Wilson, L.S. Johnson, Pete Aldin and Michael M. Jones.
Within these stories -- set in alternative histories, far-flung futures and times just around the corner -- dinosaurs whimper and waste away or roar and rage. People can be dinosaurs, as can ideas, fictions and flesh. Knitted dinosaurs share space with ghostly, genetically engineered and even narcotic ones.
Teenagers must embrace their inner dinosaurs in order to find peace and belonging, a dying woman duels a God in a far future city that echoes aspects of our past, an abused wife accompanies her husband on a hunt for an ancient power and finds more than she could ever have imagined and a girl with wonderful magical powers stumbles across the bones of a giant long-dead lizard. And so much more!
Classic authors include: Arnold Bennett, Ernest Bramah, Anton Chekhov, Arthur Conan Doyle, Andrew Forrester, R. Austin Freeman, Anna Katherine Green, Maurice Leblanc, Arthur Morrison, Baroness Orczy, Catherine Louisa Pirkis, Edgar Wallace, Israel Zangwill, G.K. Chesterton.
Within these pages, ancient enemies join together to destroy a mad mommet, a scarecrow who is a crow protects solar fields and stores long-lost family secrets, a woman falls in love with a scarecrow, and another becomes one. Encounter scarecrows made of straw, imagination, memory, and robotics while being spirited to Oz, mythological Japan, other planets, and a neighbor’s back garden. After experiencing this book, you’ll never look at a hay-man the same.
Featuring all new work by Jane Yolen, Andrew Bud Adams, Laura Blackwood, Amanda Block, Scott Burtness, Virginia Carraway Stark, Amanda C. Davis, Megan Fennell, Kim Goldberg, Katherine Marzinsky, Craig Pay, Sara Puls, Holly Schofield, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Kristina Wojtaszek.