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In stories as varied as the trials humanity can endure, this anthology brings together an alphabet of possible world endings. One story for each letter, and twenty-six stories later we have encountered the apocalypse in a myriad of imaginative ways that horrify, alarm, inspire, and spark a wild desire to embrace life. Here there is war, evacuation, insane symphony, drowning, dissolution. Here there is rage, despair, inspiration, and even hope.
Including all-new stories from Pete Aldin, Beth Cato, Marge Simon, Suzanne van Rooyen, Sara Cleto, Gary B. Phillips, BD Wilson, Ennis Drake, C.S. MacCath, Alexis A. Hunter, Damien Angelica Walters, Brittany Warman and more, A is for Apocalypse will fire your imagination as surely as it sparks a keen desire to embrace life.
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!
Retellings of familiar favourites from new perspectives, and brand new stories share the pages of this fairy-themed collection. Within these offerings you’ll find fairy music and food, contracts (making and breaking them), changelings, circles and curses–these stories deliver all the things you already love about fairies and a few new tricks as well.
A dusting of dragons, shapeshifters and ogres accompany these tales which include feminist fairies overcoming trauma, Norse fairies breaking the rules to interfere in human affairs, intergalactic fairies hitching a ride to a new home, political satire featuring an idiot king and talking animals, a new Robin Archer story, fairy run nightclubs and so, so much more.
Altogether this anthology includes twenty-six brand new tales–one for each letter of the alphabet–from contributors Pete Aldin, Steve Bornstein, Andrew Bourelle, Stephanie A. Cain, Beth Cato, Sara Cleto, Cory Cone, Danielle Davis, Megan Engelhardt, Michael Fosburg, Joseph Halden, Lynn Hardaker, L.S. Johnson, Michael M. Jones, Jeanne Kramer-Smyth, Samantha Kymmell-Harvey, C.S. MacCath, Jonathan C. Parrish, Alexandra Seidel, Michael B. Tager, Rachel M. Thompson, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Brittany Warman, Lilah Wild, Suzanne J. Willis and BD Wilson.
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.
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 ~
What does it mean to break? How many ways can someone become pieces? An assembly of authors explain how the aurora can steal a soul, how curses can break a village and what it means to dissolve into nothing more than airy memories. Here there is an android frankensteined together for sex, a shattering of glass, a falling apart on the wings of mythological dreams, distress laid out in tarot and the exquisite isolation of diamond flesh. B is for Broken takes us deep into the varieties and horrific beauties of brokenness in stories as individual as their authors.
With works by Brittany Warman, Sara Cleto, Gary B. Phillips, Beth Cato, Cory Cone, Steve Bornstein, Pete Aldin, Lilah Wild and so many more, B is for Broken is the ideal companion to A is for Apocalypse. It fires the imagination and sighs into the heart at the same time.
You can't hide from the past.
No matter how hard you try.
Holden’s been avoiding investigations, and all his friends, since the last investigation. But when there’s an opening at a site she’s wanted to study for years, Leanne convinces Holden to stop come along.
Hetherington Manor doesn’t make its money as a ghost attraction, but it does boast reliable activity. Holden starts putting together the puzzle of the manor’s past, but it seems he’s trying to decipher pieces from more than one story, and one of them overlaps with his own.
When he’s forced to confront his own past choices, Holden has to decide what his life will become. He can keep hiding or he can accept that he has a unique opportunity to help those who would otherwise be lost.
Being a psychic doesn’t mean you have to believe in Ghosts.
Unfortunately for Holden, his best friend refuses to accept that.
Holden can read the history of an object just by touching it. It’s been a struggle most of his life and every time he’s tried to use it for a beneficial purpose it’s gone horribly wrong.
But when his best friend convinces Holden to step in for a paranormal investigation, it turns out hauntings are as real as psychics. Sticking with the investigation risks landing him in the hospital again. Leaving means abandoning the ghosts who are repeating the night of their deaths over and over forever. Can he really walk away when he might be the only one who can help?
Some people will do anything to keep their secrets.
Holden isn’t quite over discovering a real ghost on the last investigation, but this time, he’s just coming along for the ride, so everything should be fine. Of course, “should be” and “is” are very rarely the same thing. While the team uncover evidence the haunting at the Fairhaven Hotel is a fake, Holden isn’t so sure. Not when he sees the story play out exactly as it’s supposed to have happened.
But they can’t find anything to back up what he’s saying, and as the evidence mounts against the hotel’s supposed ghost, they start to doubt him. Holden is left trying to convince them, and himself, what he sees is real, and even if he doesn’t understand, what he knows is the truth. Unfortunately, the truth is often dangerous.
What would you do to save the world?
The Institute for Preservation of the Earth is dedicated to saving the world. It is the promise that lures scientists, activists, and idealistic people to help them achieve that goal. This goal is the truth, at least, as their founder sees it. When two of the institute’s members discover what that means, they make a different choice.
However, the Institute’s actions have far reaching consequences, and the world is forever changed. Those dedicated to survival find the means to recover might just lie in the stories of the past, long considered mythology.
The future is determined by small moments in time.
Visions of the future and regrets for the past. Finding your way and leaving the lost. Childhood quests and old age retirement. Spanning a range of lengths and genres, this collection of new and previously published stories takes on moments of choice and change, and the difference outlook has on the outcome.
Bairn is determined to survive.
When his parents lose an Exhibition match, young Bairn is traded from the flash and show of the spectacle matches to grit and realism of the Dogfights. There are only three ways to win: knock your opponent out, break their limbs, or kill them.
Bairn needs to survive his training, earn out the money on his family debt, and find some way to get back home to his family, even across the ruined wastelands between the cities. If he makes it that far, he has to find a way back into the Exhibition, when the only means of entry is once again becoming a slave.
This collection of three short stories sees Bairn trying to earn his freedom, traversing the wastelands, and returning to his family, all to keep the rash promise he made as they were dragging him away: I will come back.