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About Chuck Heintzelman
Chuck Heintzelman lives in Spokane, WA with his beautiful wife and three children. Each day he juggles his passion for writing with his family, a full-time job as a computer programmer, and the inevitable curve ball life seems to throw.
Find out more information about Chuck, free fiction, and more at http://StoryChuck.com
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For all you know, it is.
Maybe the reason you love the tasty creations from the nearby chocolate shop is that one of the ingredients is magic.
Perhaps some of the dreadlocks of the beautiful young girl you saw at the grocery store are snakes, not hair.
The woman you just passed on the street appeared to be on her cell phone, but she might really be speaking with a ghost.
How do you know for sure?
Witches. Ghosts. Faeries. Monsters. Magic ...
Enter twenty different worlds, each with a different flavor of magic.
TRINKET by Anthea Sharp
THE SCOTTISH PLAY by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
PAPER TRICK by Brigid Collins
LIVING WITH THE PAST by Dayle A. Dermatis
ANGRY SEAN by Eric Kent Edstrom
SALT by T. Thorn Coyle
FOX AND HOUND by Leah Cutter
LEARNING THE LANGUAGE by Ron Collins
GHOST CASE by Bonnie Elizabeth
YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART by Rebecca M. Senese
THE CURSE OF THE SOILED DOVES by Dale Hartley Emery
CHOCOLATE ALCHEMY by Lisa Silverthorne
PHOENIX by Leslie Claire Walker
INUJI Liz Pierce
HERE, KITTY KITTY by Annie Reed
BAD HOUSE SPIRIT by DeAnna Knippling
THE GIRL WITH THE CANDY CANE LEGS by Louisa Swann
CITY SHADOWS by Chuck Heintzelman
THE CITY TREES by Jamie Ferguson
AUNT FABULOUS AND THE MALEVOLANT MUSICIAN by Valerie Brook
Being dead was unlike anything Chance Phillips had expected. For one thing, he's forced to change his name. For another, he discovers he can move through time.
When Chance learns a friend, an alive friend, is in danger will he and his Ghost friend Jeremy be able to save her in time?
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
Ends with a bang.
And a lot of bang in between.
Pulse Pounders. Ranging from straight thriller to science fiction, fantasy to pulp adventure, these stories make your heart race. Share the excitement as a woman held hostage in a chair has only a few minutes to escape, and a man trapped in a time loop revisits a crisis point in the past. Including an original never-before-published Frank Herbert story, these page-turners show why Adventures Fantastic says Fiction River “is one of the best and most exciting publications in the field today.”
“… fans of the unconventional will be well satisfied.”
—Publishers Weekly on Fiction River: Pulse Pounders
“Fiction River: Crime edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch leads off with strong new tales by three familiar EQMM contributors: Doug Allyn with a gangster whodunnit, Steve Hockensmith with a con game story, and Brendan DuBois with a fresh variation on the old brothers-who-took-different-paths ploy. A sampling of other contents, including experimental short-shorts by Melissa Yi and M. Elizabeth Castle and a clever turn on the greedy-relatives-want-inheritance by Kate Wilhelm, suggest high quality throughout."
—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine on Fiction River Special Edition: Crime
“Among the volume’s better entries are Doug Allyn’s “Hitler’s Dogs,” in which narrator Doc Bannan seeks the truth about his gang mentor’s death, and Steve Hockensmith’s “Wheel of Fortune,” which relates the schemes of a pair of con artists.”
—Publishers Weekly on Fiction River Special Edition: Crime
About the Editor
Kevin J. Anderson is known as a bestselling novelist with over 125 novels published, but he has also spent time in the editing trenches. His three Star Wars anthologies (Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, Tales from Jabba’s Palace, and Tales of the Bounty Hunters) are the three bestselling science fiction anthologies of all time. He also created and edited War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches (alternate stories of H.G. Wells’s Martian invasion), and the humorous horror Blood Lite series for the Horror Writers of America, as well as the Five by Five military SF series and the Fantastic Holiday Season series for WordFire Press, the first of which just won a Silver Award from the Independent Publishers Group.
As an author, Kevin has 54 national or international bestsellers and 23 million copies of his books in print. He wrote the new Dune series and the Hellhole trilogy with Brian Herbert, as well as numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, Batman, and Superman universes. His original works include the SF epics The Saga of Seven Suns and The Saga of Shadows, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, and his popular series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.
He and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.
Kaikala longed to leave her island and visit far-away lands. She wanted to see the exotic places described by warriors around the nightly campfires.
But only warriors left the island. Girls could not be warriors.
When a strange man washes up on the beach, she finally gets her wish for adventure.
And she learns BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.
“If you haven’t checked out Fiction River yet, you should. There’s something for everyone.”
—Keith West, Adventures Fantastic
Table of Contents
“Dead Fred” by Liz Pierce
“Under the Skin” by Leslie Claire Walker
“Subpar Super” by Lee Allred
“Terrors” by Deb Logan
“And Through the Haze You See Your God” by Chuck Heintzelman
“The Laser Point” by Diana Benedict
“Timeless” by Thomas K. Carpenter
“The Weaver” by Michele Lang
“Roxie” by Annie Reed
“Moonshine” by Kim May
“Murklyn” by Sharon Joss
“A Family to Choose” by Rebecca M. Senese
“Impressions in the Snow” by Mark Leslie
“Salem Week” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Ignite the Night” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Editor Dean Wesley Smith has compiled an outstanding volume ... I highly recommend it.”
—Adventures Fantastic on Fiction River: Time Streams
Table of Contents
“The Great Ice Cream War of Grover’s Hollow” by Annie Reed
“Slow Motion” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“Do Not Resuscitate” by Dory Crowe
“Sunset, Fall, Home” by Dan C. Duval
“’Til Death Do Us Part” by Kerrie L. Hughes & John Helfers
“Circle ’Round” by M. L. Buchman
“Unto the Ether” by M. E. Owen
“Bury My Son at Home” by Angela Penrose
“The Flare” by Laura Ware
“What’s Left of Me” by Bonnie Elizabeth
“The Counter” by Rob Vagle
“The Toymaker of Kelsium Rye” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Magic and Sacrifice” by Felicia Fredlund
“Lady Elizabeth’s Betrothal Ball” by Anthea Sharp
“Suppose They Gave a Ragnarok and Nobody Came?” by Lee Allred
“Death Bunnies of Toxic Island” by Travis Heermann
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And now, finishing work far too late on a school night, she wants nothing more than to get home and sleep.
But dark and otherworldly things lurk in the shadows of her city.
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