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About Beth W. Patterson
Beth W. Patterson was a full-time musician for over two decades before sidestepping into the world of writing (a process she describes as “fleeing the circus to join the zoo”). Much of her fiction is based on real-life musical experiences made more plausible by the infusion of things that go bump in the night. Her most recent book is The Wild Harmonic and her short stories and poetry have appeared in over twenty anthologies. She has also penned some nonfiction articles on music.
Patterson has played in eighteen countries across the Americas, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. She appears on over a hundred and sixtty albums (including seven solo albums of her own) in addition to a smattering of soundtracks, videos, commercials, and voice-overs. Various artists have recorded over a hundred of her compositions and co-writes. She studied ethnomusicology at University College, Cork in Ireland and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University New Orleans.
Beth has occasionally worn other hats as a body paint model, film extra, minor role actor, recording studio partner, record label owner, and artist. She is a lover of exquisitely stupid movies and a shameless fangirl of the band Rush. You can find her at www.bethpattersonmusic.com
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We brought the idea to a crowd-funding site, which interested enough people to provide the seed funding to turn this anthology into reality. We took that springboard, and gave eighteen talented authors the task of writing a great story with only one guideline: the story had to include the phrase “Release the Virgins.”
The results are surprisingly varied and creative: science fiction, fantasy, outright comedy, serious imaginings… in this anthology, you’ll find Manhattan gangsters, sad superheroes, marathon-running aliens, teenage Cthulhu worshippers, ghost dinosaurs, computer hackers, and even a unicorn or two. And we think you’ll agree: it’s a good thing that phrase stuck in our minds.
Featuring stories by: Nebula, Hugo, and Stoker Award-winner David Gerrold; Hugo Award-winners Allen M. Steele and Lawrence Watt-Evans; IAMTW Grandmaster Keith R.A. DeCandido; Skylark Award-winners Daniel M. Kimmel, Sharon Lee, and Steve Miller; WSFA Small Press Award-winner Alex Shvartsman; and Matt Becthel, Shariann Lewitt, Gordon Linzner, Gail Z. Martin, Jody Lynn Nye, Beth W. Patterson, Hildy Silverman, Patrick Thomas, Cecilia Tan, and Brian Trent.
“Release the Virgins is a hoot of an anthology! Fun, weird, and wildly entertaining!” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Silence and V-Wars
What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?
More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.
What miracles can more than one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?
More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.
Does the waterbeckon you? Your love, or fears, may become greater in this chillinganthology. From ordinary sea life to creatures of myth, our stories will make you think twice about the shadowy waters that beckon below. Follow our authors into the depths ... if you dare.
Stories and Contributors include:
Bloodslick by Timothy Black
Crescent's Creature by K.C. Finn
Wrath by Liz Butcher
A Senseless Eating Machine by Jef Rouner
The Water's Edge by Jacqueline E. Smith
The Reluctant Seamstress by Jaidis Shaw
Ribbons & Bones by Kelly Matsuura
Widow's Cut by Andrea L. Staum
Rhine Maiden by Isabelle Poldervaart
The Broken Seashell by E.M. MacCallum
Lauren by Terry Alexander
Tide Flats by Shelly Schulz
Song of the Ocean by Scott A. Butler
Enticing Waters by Gina A. Watson
Tubular Hells by Beth W. Patterson
Dark Waters by Michael Cross & Emma Michaels
Lurking in the Deep has won the following awards:
Finalist in the Fiction: Anthologies category of the 2017 Best Book Awards
But there's a problem with this dream come true: a dark and growing danger threatens the shifters, who are beginning to mysteriously disappear or die. Faced with hecklers, drunks, stalkers, and incompetent bandmates in one life and fang-toothed double agents in the other, Birch doesn't know who to trust--especially now that she's the target of a powerful enemy. With the menace closing in fast, Birch must find a way to save her new pack and fellow shifters . . . or lose everything that matters, including her own life.
(Includes playlist/ DIY soundtrack.)
The first Bible writer drafts a deal with the Devil. Attila the Hun learns his punishment's just begun. Mary Shelley and Victor Frankenstein make a monstrous mistake. Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp get their unjust deserts. Hell's Undertaker goes on holiday. The Damned Poets Society slams away. A nameless soul shows Dorothy Parker that fame is a bitch.
In the underworlds, injustice always reigns: Join us and our damnedest poets for the crookedest poetry festival in perdition where language comes to die and no rhyme goes unpunished.
Curtis Baum, frontman for the up-and-coming rock band Frozen Wanda, is forced to be a rodeo clown for one night, sparring with a snarky shape-shifting bull. This boanthrope, known as Luke Tureaud in human form, is ready to buck his own job and deliver some bovine intervention.
Curtis urgently needs to reunite with his band on the eve of their breakthrough tour, but now he’s a clown about to go down. The unlikely duo hatches a daring escape plan. Freedom and the rock-and-roll road await Curtis and Luke if they manage to pull it off.
What could possibly go wrong?
Praise for Mongrels & Misfits:
"From the virtual desk of Deliah Moonraze, Music Historian, 2113: The chords and the lyrics of Beth Waggoner Patterson are a matter of record, eight track tape, cassette, CD, and aural-implant, and as far as I'm concerned her sound was raw and from the heart, but any way you look at it, she was unique—the last of a rare breed to crawl out of a halo full of bootleg gin, who grabbed a Bouzouki guitar and made her Celtic Rock roar. By the truest measure of good old Nawlins, she was the ultimate Stage-Babe, and unlike her contemporaries, who ended up in diminutive house concerts or on a garage band floor on Valentine's Day, she beat the odds and lasted, a meat and potatoes crooner all the way, who for years was the undisputed vice lord of her own live venues. She was unique—and she was hot." — Michael H. Hanson, poet/author, creator of the Sha'Daa series
“Literary allusions and auditory illusions. Every song is a fresh delight.” — SF/fantasy author Jody Lynn Nye
Only these aren't the fairytales you grew up with.
Featuring 16 stories by 16 authors.
Stacey Jaine McIntosh | Zoey Xolton | Beth W. Patterson | Tristan Hurree | Stephanie Ellis | Andra Dill | Jill Hand | Christie-Lee Louis | Violette L. Meier | Aziza Sphinx | Isabella Hunter | Kerry Lee Holder | D.J Tyrer | Joanna Koch | Cindar Harrell | Shebat Legion
Created by Michael H. Hanson
Edited by Edward McKeown
Foreword by Halo Jankowski
Introduction by Trent Zelazny
Featuring a new story by the late C.J. Henderson
The mother of all apocalypses, The Sha’Daa, is back, and more terrifying than ever! Multiple portals to horrifying hell dimensions are opening up all across the Earth. But there is still hope. The mysterious Johnny the Salesman is up to his usual tricks, offering dark trades if one is brave enough to accept them. And his latest ally, the immortal tattoo artist Haumea, just might have the answer to saving the planet from destruction. Now if only she can create enough supernatural tattoos in forty-eight hours to turn the tide against evil. Fourteen authors of the macabre offer up twelve gruesome tales of supernatural tattoos in this delightful shared-world adventure.
The Doomsday Clock for the End Times is Ticking and reaching out to Dark Magic Portals of Infinity. The call is out for Demon Slayers Fighting Evil. Sha'Daa is the Apocalypse Survival Kit for Earth's Armies of the Night as Portals to Hell and Gateways to Abomination begin to open across forty-eight hours. Monster Hunters stand ready at every Doorway to Danger.
- Michael H. Hanson
- Edward McKeown
- C.J. Henderson
- Beth W. Patterson
- Arthur Sanchez
- Dina Leacock
- Kacey Ezell
- Vivian Caethe
- Robby Hilliard
- Richard Groller
- Shebat Legion
- Jordanne Fuller
- Christopher L. Smith
- and Leona R. Wisoker
Dragons have been eating humans for centuries. Now heroes throughout history stalk their legendary foe. Learn how to hunt, kill, and eat the wild dragon. Never before has revenge tasted so good. A literary feast for the bloody-minded.
In Janet Morris' anthology on the art of dragon killing, seventeen writers bring you so close to dragons you can smell their fetid breath. Tales for the bold among you.
HEROIKA 1 -- DRAGON EATERS, an anthology of heroic fiction edited by Janet Morris, features original stories by Janet Morris and Chris Morris, S. E. Lindberg, Walter Rhein, Cas Peace, Jack William Finley, A.L. Butcher, Travis Ludvigson, Tom Barczak, J. P. Wilder, Joe Bonadonna, Milton Davis, M Harold Page, William Hiles, Beth W.Patterson, Bruce Durham, and Mark Finn.