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…what do you do next?
Find out in the first anthology of work by the Pikes Peak Writers. From mystery to romance and science fiction—from heartfelt essays to poetry that moves the soul.
We can’t promise only happy endings. Just that moment when you pick yourself up out of the wreckage and find the strength to begin anew.
Praise for FRESH STARTS:
• “One powerhouse of an anthology! From Josh Clark’s delightful NOLAN’S BUCKET LIST: SNOW DAYS to C.E. Barnes’ hilarious SIR GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, these tales are sorely needed lights in the darkness. The mix of stories and poems is a refreshing twist on traditional anthologies. Congratulations, Pikes Peak Writers, on your first anthology. Looking forward to many more.” –Darby Karchut, Award Winning author of Del Toro Moon and On a Good Horse.
• “FRESH STARTS bursts with wonderful stories that showcase exciting new literary voices! Very highly recommended!” –Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of V-WARS and INK
Morgen Leigh, Terry Odell, Michael Chandos, Marilyn K. Moody, Harper Barrow, Gwynne Stanker, Lily Lapin, T. R. Kerby, Bill May, Laura Mahal, CS Simpson, Bowen Gillings, Kendra Griffin, Nikia Hunt, Tushar Jain, Josh Clark, C.E. Barnes, Sarah Reilly Pancoast, Lizz Bogaard, Denise Talamantez, Tami Veldura, Katie Day, Stephanie Amedeo, Shelley Kitchura Nelson, Karen Albright Lin, David Stier, Ian Neligh, Megan E. Freeman, Jere Ellison, Debbie Maxwell Allen, Kathie Scrimgeour (Project Manager), Jamie Ferguson (Editor), Lou J Berger (Editor), Jenny Kate (Editor)
“These enjoyable twisting short stories seem more like a stop in the Twilight Zone than pulp fiction.”
—Midwest Book Review on Fiction River: Recycled Pulp
Table of Contents
“String of Pearls” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Shoes I Wore This Morning” by J. Daniel Sawyer
“The Dust Devil, the Riffraff, and the Big Orange Sunset” by Valerie Brook
“Goin’ to the Chapel” by Rebecca M. Senese
“With Wings the End” by Rob Vagle
“Cogs in the Machine” by Paul Eckheart
“The Faerie Invasion” by Anthea Sharp
“Demon-touched” by Travis Heermann
“Same Time Next Year” by M. E. Owen
“The Story That Has to Be Written” by Louisa Swann
“Tyrph Rights” by David Stier
“Paradox. Lost.” by Stefon Mears
“The Night of Brahma” by Leigh Saunders
“Three Degrees Above Zero” by Doug Dandridge
Among the collection is “Roosevelt’s Five Acres,” a tale of conscience and courage reborn. In “Death Obsession” Stier takes on the fetishization of Nazi and Death Camp relics. In “Kristallträumen,” a Jewish prisoner, who has been cursed by the family of his Roma lover and tormented by the Nazis, finds a way to use the curse to find salvation. Other stories are “Dancing to a Different Tune,” “Winner Take All,” “For the Good of the Reich,” and “Parallel Movements.”
Bonus materials include short histories of the six camps as well brief biographies of notable Auschwitz escapees Rudolf Vrba and Sammy Wetzler, and the anti-fascist Hungarian composer Béla Bartók and his wife Ditta.
With vivid, unforgettable detail, Stier takes us inside these most infamous places. But these stories are not about death. They capture human beings living and working in impossible situations. They still have their goals and dreams, hopes and fears, and how they must go about pursuing them is alternately haunting, uplifting, and astonishing.”
--Jeanne Cavelos, bestselling author of THE PASSING OF THE TECHNO-MAGES
In this third Fiction River Special Edition, award-winning editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch proves a master of intrigue with a wide variety of spy stories. Ranging in tone from satire to serious, from touching to brutal, from light to oh-so-very-dark, these fifteen stories illuminate the secret world of espionage. Despite their different tones, different cultures, even different time periods, these diverse stories form a powerful anthology that reveals the world in all its messiness.
“…high quality throughout.” —Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine on Fiction River Special Edition: Crime
Table of Contents
“Spy in the Sky” by Tonya D. Price
“Meeting at the Rise and Shine” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Highpoint” by Michael Kingswood
“Through the Eyes of a Dog” by Angela Penrose
“Cat and Mice” by Jamie McNabb
“Our Man in Basingstoke” by Sabrina Chase
“Night Flight” by Jonathan Kort
“End of the Line” by David H. Hendrickson
“The Florentine Exchange” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Message” by C.A. Rowland
“Not What You’d Expect” by Leah Cutter
“Turkish Coffee” by Johanna Rothman
“The Path” by David Stier
“Trafficking Stops” by Lisa Silverthorne
“The Spy Who Walked into the Cold” by Ron Collins
The stories in this compelling volume traverse an emotional rollercoaster. Some revenge stories uplift, while the very darkest stories shine a light on the disturbing underbelly of human nature.
But heroism—or at least an attempt to do the right thing—provides hope.
So, brace yourself for a swirl of emotions—and some dark and deadly passions.
Table of Contents
“Murmuration of a Darkening Sea” by Lee Allred
“Swimming on the Grass” by David Stier
“Get Inside” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Dark Queen” by J. F. Penn
“Fear in Black and White” by Dory Crowe
“A Fall of Life and Death” by Michael Kowal
“High Places” by Laura Ware
“Legs” by Steven Mohan, Jr.
“Power Outage” by Bonnie Elizabeth
“The Taste of Red” by T. Thorn Coyle
“The Playground of Lost Children” by Erik Lynd
“Tin Can Man” by Annie Reed
“Piggyback” by Robert T. Jeschonek
“The Well” by Lauryn Christopher
“Mechanical Advantage” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Visit” by Anthea Lawson
The Cutting Edge of Modern Short Fiction
A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up eighteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction. No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high quality fiction equals Pulphouse.
“This is definitely a strong start. All the stories have a lot of life to them, and are worthwhile reading.”
—Tangent Online on Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, Issue #1
Table of Contents
“Bigger Than the Monkey” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Coyote Equation” by J. Steven York
“The Wereyam” by Kent Patterson
“The Apple Tart of Eden” by M. L. Buchman
“The Dead on Somerset Hill” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Home” by Michael Kowal
“Peace and Quiet” by Jerry Oltion
“Word From on High: A Lucifer Jones Story” by Mike Resnick
“For the Love of Killer” by Mary Jo Rabe
“Earth Day” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Why” by O’Neil De Noux
“Ornamental Animals” by Ray Vukcevich
“Crossing Over the River” by Sabrina Chase
“Graymatters” by David Stier
“The Chicken Time Machine” by Valerie Brook
“People Person” by Stephanie Writt
“The Old Guy” by Annie Reed
“Wishful Thinking: A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Adventure” by Kevin J. Anderson
“Minions at Work 2.0: Invasive Species” by J. Steven York
Tales of mistreatment of “the other” abound in historical or religious writings from around the world and through all time. But there are also plenty of examples of people helping each other, caring for one another, learning about each other. Sometimes in big ways, sometimes in small—but they all add up.
The Golden Door is a collection of stories showing the impact on people when they’re treated as “the other,” whether they’re immigrants to a country, a group of targeted within their own country, or something else besides. The title refers to Emma Lazarus’s welcoming words inscribed on the plaque on Statue of Liberty, “I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
All proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders and the ACLU.
Featuring stories by: Steve Carr, Rob Vagle, Adrianne Aron, Bob Sojka, Lesley L. Smith, Jason Dias, Rei Rosenquist, David Stier, DeAnna Knippling, Jamie Ferguson, Tonya D. Price, Bonnie Elizabeth, and Hedi Framm Anton.
"Thief" by Michael Kowal
"Death's Other Cousin" by Lisa Silverthorne
"Making Amends" by David Stier
"Frostwitch vs. the Ravages of Time" by Dayle A. Dermatis
"The Goddess Killer" by Lauryn Christopher
"Love Locks" by Dale Hartley Emery
"Love Bots" by Dæmon Crowe
"Loving Abby" by Angela Penrose
"Foiled" by Brigid Collins
"A Love to Remember" by Tonya D. Price
"The Refurbished Companion" by Kelly Washington
"The Secret of Catnip" by Stefon Mears
"Lifeblood" by Alexandra Brandt
"Who Loves the Unloved?" by Laura Ware
"Henry and Beth at the Funeral Home" by Joe Cron
"Truth and Lies" by David H. Hendrickson
"With Love in Their Hearts" by Robert Jeschonek
"Every Day New, Bright and Beautiful" by Annie Reed
"The Fiction River series is a wonderful mind-expanding read..."