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Hailed as “one of the best writers working today” by bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith, Dayle A. Dermatis is the author or coauthor of many novels and more than a hundred short stories in multiple genres, including urban fantasy novel Ghosted. She is a founding member of the Uncollected Anthology project, and her short fiction has been lauded in year's best anthologies in erotica, mystery, and horror.
She lives in a book- and cat-filled historic English-style cottage in the wild greenscapes of the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time she follows Styx around the country and travels the world, which inspires her writing.
To find out where she's wandered off to (and to get free fiction!), check out DayleDermatis.com.
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“Quest for Beer” by Stefon Mears
“Closing the Big Bang” by Michèle Laframboise
“Hero #8” by Ron Collins
“Girls That Glitter” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Kids Keep Coming” by David H. Hendrickson
“One Last Round at Cozy’s Tavern” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Wider Horizons” by Diana Benedict
“Grounds for Dismissal” by Anthea Sharp
“The Next Dance” by Jamie Ferguson
“Schrodinger’s Bar” by Kim May
“The Gods Are Out Inn” by M. L. Buchman
“The First Ingredient” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Legend of Long-Bow and Short-Staff” by Brenda Carre
“Freedom Unbound” by Dory Crowe
“Killing Spree” by Brigid Collins
“The Hot Eagle Roadhouse” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Death at the Pines” by Annie Reed
SOMETHING FISHY, by Michael Bracken
INSEPARABLE, INSUFFERABLE, by Alan Orloff
USE OF THE AWKWARD HAND, by Julie Leo
UMBERTO SCOLARI AND THE FEAST OF PARADISE, by Dayle A. Dermatis
MOE’S SEAFOOD HOUSE, by Ramona DeFelice Long
MUD SEASON, by Su Kopil
MESSIN’ WITH THE KID, by Steve Liskow
ASSASSIN’S SCROLL, by Tais Teng
TROUBLE IN MIND, by Cynthia Ward
Plus a bonus poem: THE TIMELINE MURDERS, by Janet Fox
On the day of the shortened sun
A battle between two kings has begun.
The old year dies, and the Oak King rules
We celebrate with logs of Yule!
But the Holly King is defeated, not dead
To Caer Arianrhod he heads.
Until Midsummer, when they battle again
And the Holly King will once again reign…
Ride along with a motorcycle gang of people who were stolen by the Fae as children. Dance with an ice-skating fairy who can fly through the air, try to outrun the Wild Hunt on a dog sled, and watch out for those who slip into our world from the sideways places. And if you hold a seance on the solstice, be very, very careful what you ask for...
Enter the realm of Faerie at Midwinter in these nineteen tales of enchantment!
Make sure to check out the other anthologies in A Procession of Faeries: The Faerie Summer, Doorway into Faerie, and Water Faeries - and keep your eyes out for volume five, The Wild Hunt!
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1. "The Trinity Paradox" by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason
2. "Destiny's Hourglass" by Nic Tatano
3. "Bloody Betty, Queen of the Pirates" by Russ Crossley
4. "Her Highland Laird" by Debbie Mumford
5. "The Dark Zone" by Rita Schulz
6. "Relive the Day!" by M. L. Buchman
7. "The Story Road" by Blaze Ward
8. "Queen of Hearts, Hand of Fate" by Dayle A. Dermatis
9. "Avalanche Creek" by Dean Wesley Smith
10. "June Sixteenth at Anna's" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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A soul-satisfying anthology of justice and revenge, expertly edited by Elizabeth Zelvin. Each story is a standout in its own way. If the deepest truths are revealed through fiction, then this anthology goes further, reflecting our own lives back and showing us how to live them just a bit better. - USA Today bestselling author of Cover of Snow and Wicked River --Jenny Milchman
She hates it when people ask why she doesn’t make it. HATES it.
But she doesn’t hate enough to follow in the footsteps of her baking mentor, Mrs. Gilmore.
Scrumptious and disturbing, “Why Don’t You Make Gingerbread?” originally appeared in Bloody Christmas: A Holiday Anthology (WMG Publishing, 2020).
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Fiction River is an original anthology series. Initially, based on the anthology series of old—Universe, Orbit, Pulphouse—Fiction River rapidly evolved into its own entity. Fiction River publishes stories in many genres from all kinds of writers, with New York Times bestselling authors published alongside some of the best new voices in fiction. Fiction River also goes where no anthology series has gone before, with regular audio editions, produced in-house, and ebook and trade paperback volumes that never go out of print. And Fiction River is available in English worldwide.
Potions bring love, and curses bring trouble.
What if magic could help track down a murderer? Can a young, untrained witch save her people from a dark wizard – and at what cost to herself? Does a young woman’s dreams really predict the future? If so, is there any way to change what she foresees? And what might an independent young witch look for when house hunting? Witches. Warlocks.
Wizards. Familiars... Enter twenty different worlds of magic and enchantment.
Table of Contents
1. "Domestic Magic" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2. "Witch" by Leslie Claire Walker
3. "This is the World Calling" by Dayle A. Dermatis
4. "Witchling" by Debbie Mumford
5. "Familiar Trouble" by Bonnie Elizabeth
6. "Something After Saturday" by Steve Vernon
7. "Cauldron Bubble" by Rebecca M. Senese
8. "The Ballad of Molly McGee" by DeAnna Knippling
9. "Midnight Oil" by Lisa Silverthorne
10. "Lizards and Lying Men" by T. Thorn Coyle
11. "The Lesson of the Love Spell" by Jamie Ferguson
12. "All Hallows' Hangover" by Annie Reed
13. "Shadow of the Midnight Moon" by Eric Kent Edstrom
14. "The Hutsu Hunter" by Valerie Brook
15. "Love Powders & Wicked Witches" by Ron Collins
16. "A Hearth Witch at Chisolm Keep" by Thea Hutcheson
17. "Home Is Where the Cauldron Bubbles" by Brigid Collins
18. "Can You See the Real Me?" by Sephera Giron
19. "Of Cats and Lost Socks" by Liz Pierce
20. "The Bifurcated Man" by Louisa Swann