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About Angela Yuriko Smith
Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and an award-winning poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, she offers free weekly classes for writers at angelaysmith.com.
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“Contains some real gems.” -Publishers Weekly
“Thoughtful and compelling.” -Stony Brook Press
A haunted father who discovers a place where incomplete things—and people—are made whole. A mischievous satyr who hatches a plan to set loose chaos on a global scale. A workaholic witch in search of her kitty companion. Invasive technology to rewrite the human brain. Dragon slayers. Zombies. Time travelers. Ice skaters.
These twenty short stories stretch across multiple universes and beyond death—and yet, they remain intimate, personal, emotional. They demonstrate the strength of the human spirit to find hope and seek a better tomorrow in even the darkest times.
A selection of the best speculative fiction from DreamForge and Space & Time literary magazines, these are the stories we need today as we struggle through a pandemic, divisive politics, rampant misinformation, a belligerent defiance of facts and science, and new technologies that are already spiraling beyond our control.
Read, my friends… and take hope.
This short story anthology includes:
Answered Prayers By Scott Edelman
Pioneer By Mark Gallacher
The Ghost of a Smile By John Jos. Miller
The Spiral Ranch By Sarena Ulibarri
An Infinite Number By David Amburgey
Sing! & Remember By Lauren C. Teffeau
A Sip of Pombé By Gustavo Bondoni
Born from Memory By Jane Lindskold
Tea with Gibbons By Tyler Tork
The Weight of Mountains By L. Deni Colter
Sapiens By Davide Mana
The Dead Don’t Dream By Gordon Linzner
Collecting Violet By Austin Gragg
Humani By John Palisano
Joy of Life By Alessandro Manzetti
Artifact By Jonathan Maberry
The Feline, the Witch, and the Universe By Jennifer Shelby
Hands of a Toolmaker By Eric Del Carlo
A Farewell to Worms By John Linwood Grant
A Glass Darkly By Ian Rogers
Ancient peoples knew there were lands given over to shadow and spirit. The world is full of haunted places that exact a terrible toll on trespassers. Our forebears paid a heavy price to earn the wisdom and the warning they bequeathed to future generations.
Time transformed their precious knowledge into superstition, but there are those whose hearts beat in rhythm with the past and whose vision is not clouded by modernity. Seeking to reclaim humanity’s early secrets, the Umbra Arca Society was forged. For centuries, this private league of explorers dedicated their lives to uncovering the oldest mysteries of the Americas. Armed with boldness and guile, and equipped with only a compass, a journal, and devotion to truth, these adventurers braved cursed landscapes, dared unnatural adversaries, and exposed hidden civilizations.
Many did not survive.
None were forgotten.
Their stories are maps revealing the topography and contours of landscapes unimaginable and dark. The Shadow Atlas collects their adventures.
With Fiction and Poetry by:
Mario Acevedo • Colleen Anderson • Kay Chronister • Sara Cleto • David Davies • Sean Eads • Anastasia Garcia • Owl Goingback • Maxwell I. Gold • Warren Hammond • Angie Hodapp • Jimena Jurado • Starlene Justice • Gwendolyn Kiste • Gerri Leen • Josh Malerman • Juliana Spink Mills • Tiffany Morris • Lee Murray • Annie Neugebauer • Gerardo Horacio Porcayo • Cameron E. Quinn • Sarah Read • Kathryn Reilly • Julia Rios • Betty Rocksteady • Marge Simon • Angela Yuriko Smith • Christina Sng • Jeanne C. Stein • Tim Waggoner • Brittany Warman • Christa Wojciechowski • Stephanie M. Wytovich • Mercedes M. Yardley • Jane Yolen • E. Lily Yu • Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge and Joshua Viola
Cover and interior art by Aaron Lovett
“Shadow Atlas is a rare, beguiling treat, a collective fantasy with teeth, vision, and grounded in urgent, ancient truths.” --BOOKLIFE by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Editor's Pick)
"A host of sublime writers and settings create an entertainingly macabre collection." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Shadow Atlas is a top recommendation for horror, fantasy, and literary short story readers seeking diversity in voices and visions. Its collaborative intersection of different worlds thoroughly delights." --MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
Take a journey through Asia and beyond with twenty-three original thought-provoking and moving stories about identities, belonging, and choices—stories about where we come from and where we are going.
ALL EMOTIONS ARE UNIVERSAL. WE LIVE, WE DREAM, WE STRIVE, WE DIE . . .
Follow twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors on their journeys through Asia and beyond. Stories that explore magic and science. Stories about love, revenge, and choices. Stories that challenge ideas about race, belonging, and politics. Stories about where we come from and where we are going. Each wrestling between ghostly pasts and uncertain future. Each trying to find a voice in history.
Orphans and drug-smuggling in deep space. Mechanical arms in steampunk Vancouver. Djinns and espionage in futuristic Istanbul. Humanoid robot in steamy Kerala. Monsters in the jungles of Cebu. Historic time travel in Gyeongbok Palace. A rocket launch in post-apocalyptic Tokyo. A drunken ghost in Song Dynasty China. A displaced refugee skating on an ice planet. And much more.
Embrace them as you take on their journeys. And don’t look back . . .
2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award Winner (Speculative Fiction Book of Year)
2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Finalist (anthology/Best Related Work)
One story: 2018 World Fantasy Award Best Short Story Finalist
One story selected for The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 3 (ed. by Neil Clarke)
Four stories on Tangent Online Recommended Reading List 2017
Two stories: 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Finalists
One story: 2018 The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic - Shortlist
AUTHORS: Anne Carly Abad, Deepak Bharathan, Joyce Chng, Miki Dare, S.B. Divya, Pamela Q. Fernandes, Calvin D. Jim, Minsoo Kang, Fonda Lee, Gabriela Lee, Karin Lowachee, Rati Mehrotra, E.C. Myers, Tony Pi, Angela Yuriko Smith, Priya Sridhar, Amanda Sun, Naru Dames Sundar, Jeremy Szal, Regina Kanyu Wang (translated by Shaoyan Hu), Diana Xin, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Ruhan Zhao, and Elsie Chapman (Introduction)
EDITORS: Lucas K. Law, Derwin Mak
Anthologies in this series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.
Praise for Where the Stars Rise
"This collection is essential for anyone interested in the diverse and engaging possibilities of fantasy and science fiction." —Booklist
"This fascinating collection addresses issues of immigration, dual cultures, and ethnic issues through genre devices such as ghosts, steampunk robots, and planetary exploration. SF readers looking to discover new voices will enjoy this volume that reflects the eclecticism of Asian culture." — Library Journal
"There's a lot of good reading to be found in Where the Stars Rise." — Locus
“Good or very good page-turners.”—Tangent
“Where the Stars Rise is a wonderfully diverse collection of Asian science fiction and fantasy that deserves to be on the shelves of anyone serious about being well-read in the genre.” —SF Bluestocking
“A wealth of stories running the gamut from poignant to mind-blowing, rewarding journeys both faraway and familiar.
The circle of women is meeting again for the fourth time. Twenty-three authors from around the world have joined together to tell their stories of pacts with the devil, blood sacrifice, demonic encounters, torment and obsession. Horrors of the body, mind, and soul. Don't break the chain of hands as we speak our Dark Oath.
With foreword by Meghan Arcuri (Bram Stoker Award Nominee, Vice President Horror Writers Association)
Edited by Jill Girardi and Janine Pipe
Featuring tales from:
Melissa Ashley Hernandez
Angela Yuriko Smith
The willow is femininity, desire, death. Rebirth. With its ability to grow from a single broken branch, it is the living embodiment of immortality. It is the yin that wards off malevolent spirits. It is both revered and shunned.
In Tortured Willows, four Southeast Asian women writers of horror expand on the exploration of otherness begun with the Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women.
Like the willow, women have bent and bowed under the expectations and duty heaped upon them. Like the willow, they endure and refuse to break.
With exquisite poetry, Christina Sng, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lee Murray, and Geneve Flynn invite you to sit beneath the tortured willow’s gravid branches and listen to the uneasy shiver of its leaves.
- The Meddler, by Matthew John
- Tiger Girls vs. the Zombies, by Lucy A. Snyder
- Dead Between the Eyes, by Adrian Cole
- Alive Again, by Franklyn Searight
- The Night Hans Kroeger Came Back, by Kenneth Bykerk
- The Marching Dead, by Andrew Darlington
- I Wished for Zombies, by D.C. Lozar
- O Mary Don’t You Mourn, by Mike Chinn
- To Die, To Sleep, No More, by Erica Ruppert
- Run, Monster, Run, by Teasha Seitz
- Another Night in Bayou Sauvage, by Chad Hensley
- Kifaro, by Dilman Dila
- But I Love Him, by Scott Wheelock
- Who Wants to Live Forever?, by Angela Yuriko Smith
- The Dead Are Always Hungry, by Christopher Alex Ray
- Zen Zombies, by R. A. Smith
- Cassius Max, by KT Morley
- A Nanotech Samsara, by J.N. Cameron
- Pine in the Soul, by John Linwood Grant
- “Welcome Home”, by Craig E. Sawyer
- Papa Hanco, by Ed Reyes
- They Shall Eat Dust, by Josh Reynolds
- In Shadow Valley, by Nick Swain
- Devil’s Bargain, by by J.F. Le Roux
- Right for You Now, by Andrew Jennings
- E’Zunguth, the Zombie God, by Maxwell I. Gold
- Lazy River, by Kelly Piner
- The New Human, by Shayne K. Keen
- This Little Piggy, by EV Knight
- Life Unworthy of Life, by Stephanie Ellis
- More Blood, by Carson Ray
- This Creeping Cold, by Kevin Rees
- The Body I Used to Be, by Scott Edelman
- Queen of Hearts, by S.E. Lindberg
Black Cranes is a dark and intimate exploration of what it is to be a perpetual outsider.
Book a stay at the Bitter Suites, a hotel that specializes in renewable death experiences. Whether you schedule your demise as therapy, to bond with a loved one or for pure recreation, your death is sure to give you a new lease on life. Renewable death is always beneficial… at least to someone.
Christmas Lites V is a special anthology. Every dime raised goes directly to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Not a single person who worked on this book or donated their time and their art form to it receives anything from it, other than the knowledge that he/she is making a difference in those affected by domestic violence.
Inside these pages are stories of all genres—Romance, fantasy, horror, action, children’s stories, stories written BY children. Please, dive inside, read, laugh, and spread the love and joy.
Then a ninja elf came and broke Santa out; no net is strong enough to keep out this ninja elf! Off past the faithful family pet they ran and jumped in the sleigh. They raced to another house but refused to stop when ghosts were there to greet them. Santa doesn’t tangle with ghosts. He doesn’t tangle with vampires, either.
At the next stop, he met a runaway gingerbread man who yelled, “You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” Santa didn’t bother to catch him; he had things to do.
On his way to his next delivery, he passed a werewolf jumping out of a plane and dodged a zombie hungry for his brain.
He finally touched down in a nice, normal town full of tidings and great joy…
Or did he?
Dive into a world of variety—a world of spirit with this Creative Reviews anthology. What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with some short stories that entertain and encompass the true meaning of Christmas? All proceeds of this book will be donated to the NCADV – National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Debut authors and published authors have come together in this one-of-a-kind compilation – please help support a great cause and plunge deep into our imaginations.