Dayle A. Dermatis
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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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And among Ms. Lackey's many novels, few are as critically-acclaimed and beloved as those of the Elemental Masters. The novels in this series are loosely based on classic fairy tales, and take place in a fantasy version of turn-of-the-century London, where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
Now the voices of other authors join Mercedes Lackey to add their own special touches to this delightful alternate history, in a world where magic is always just around the corner...
Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Back after over twenty years. A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, Pulphouse returns with eighteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction.
No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories.
Table of Contents
“Spud Wrangler” by Kent Patterson
“Savage Breasts” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
“The Library of Orphaned Hearts” by Annie Reed
“Cooties” by J. Steven York
“Don’t Make Me Take off My Sunglasses” by O’Neil De Noux
“A Breath Holding Contest” by Ray Vukcevich
“Jesus at the Bat” by Esther M. Friesner
“Inside the Sphere” by M. L. Buchman
“The Bee Man” by Dan C. Duval
“Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz” by Mike Resnick
“Back to Nature” by Jerry Oltion
“Chrome Bimbos” by Steve Perry
“The Writing on the Wall” by Kevin J. Anderson
“Coyote and the Amazing Herbal Formula” by Sabrina Chase
“Salt” by T. Thorn Coyle
“Queen and Fool” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Hand Fast” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“A Little Song, A Little Dance, A Little Apocalypse Down Your Pants” by Robert T. Jeschonek
“Minions at Work 2.0: 4th Wall Broken” by J. Steven York
“If you would deign to be inspired by a mixture of good manners and the macabre, leather and lace and clockwork nightmares, romance and horror, please pick this up and see if it doesn’t warm the cockles of your modern cynicism.”
—Elitist Book Reviews on Fiction River: Alchemy & Steam
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“She’s No Shimmer” by David H. Hendrickson
“Land of the Living” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Clean” by Michael Kowal
“The Ghost of Station Four” by Angela Penrose
“The Clockwork Harp” by Anthea Sharp
“Christmas Ghosts in Silver Chains” by Dave Raines
“Hoarding” by Thea Hutcheson
“Machowski’s Watch” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Crow War of Willows Beach” by Brenda Carre
“Mother Daughter” by Brigid Collins
“The Ribbon Tree” by Leah Cutter
“Holly Hock” by Kerrie L. Hughes
“Ghosting” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Curses and blessing, sorcerous time travel, shape-shifters, hidden enchantment and corrupted blood.
Magic demands . . .
Saving those you love, courage, betrayal and fights against unspeakable forces.
Magic promises . . .
Last best hopes, reluctant and desperate heroes, ancient power unleashed and the compulsion to overcome death itself.
Magic risks . . .
Forbidden spells and deadly bargains.
Here be magic!
From life to death, from realm to realm, from past to future and in between—dare you adventure with wizards?
Table of Contents
1. "Good Scrying Gone Bad" by Dayle A. Dermatis
2. "Troll-magic" by J.M. Ney-Grimm
3. "Shakespeare's Curse" by Karen C. Klein
4. "Lords of Dyscrasia" by Seth Lindberg
5. "Chronicles of the Varian Empire - The Spell" by Barbara G.Tarn
6. "Hunting Wild" by J.M. Ney-Grimm
7. "Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse" by A. L. Butcher
8. "Legacy of Mist and Shadow" by Diana L. Wicker
9. "A Sudden Outbreak of Magic" by Michael Jasper
10. "Words of Rain and Shadows" by Linda Maye Adams
11. "Tales of Erana" by A. L. Butcher
12. "Mage of Merigor" by Alison Naomi Holt
13. "Drinking and Conjuring Don't Mix" by Stefon Mears
What if you followed a path through a city park, and found yourself in another land? What if the archway you just passed is really a portal to Faerie? What if the guardian of an opening into our world has perished, and left the doorway unattended?
If you catch a glimpse of the Faery Queen
Consider whether you should remain unseen
If you come across a faery ring
Listen to the wind laugh, and murmur and sing
But beware, for if you enter the world of the Fae
You may have no choice but to stay...
Walk through the doorway and into sixteen different worlds of magic and enchantment.
A bargain can bind a soul
Enchanted sleep can only be broken by true love’s kiss…
You know these things are true…even in this modern world. Your heart still recognizes the power and mystery you can only find in a fairy tale.
In Beauty and Wickedness, sixteen authors retell and reimagine some of the most enchanting fairy tales ever told. Within these pages, you’ll find beauty and treachery, magic and courage, innocence and wickedness…and at least some happy endings.
Come and lose yourself in the delights and dangers of Beauty and Wickedness.
Troll Country by MARCELLE DUBÉ
Ricardo del Penacho by DIANA BENEDICT
Doctor Rudolfo Knows All by DEANNA KNIPPLING
The Red Boots by LEAH CUTTER
A Froth of Starry Sea Foam by REI ROSENQUIST
The Nests of Old Women by KAREN L. ABRAHAMSON
Ilsa and the Dragon by JAMIE FERGUSON
Red in the Hood by REBECCA M. SENESE
Bye Bye, Daddy by LOUISA SWANN
The True Bride by LINDA JORDAN
Faery Beautiful by DEB LOGAN
On the Edge of Faerie by STEFON MEARS
The Strangeness of the Day by KRISTINE KATHRYN RUSCH
Oroflex (Patent Pending) by DAYLE A. DERMATIS
Marriage of Convenience by LEIGH SAUNDERS
Thorn and Thimble by BRIGID COLLINS
A good thing, because she lost all her other friends in the process. Now she runs ghosts tours of Los Angeles with her spirit-friends’ help.
So when someone starts exorcising the ghosts of Hollywood, Nikki scrambles to find the perpetrator before her livelihood—and her only friends—vanish forever.
Come for the ghosts. Stay for the snark.
Just keep your mitts off Nikki’s friends.
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
Sweet Young Things By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Make Myself Just One More By Dean Wesley Smith
Poisoned Pearls By Leah Cutter
Tainted Waters By Leah Cutter
Broken Women By Anne Hagan
Relic By Anne Hagan
A Simple Love Story By Rei Rosenquist
Warning! Do Not Read This Story! By Robert Jeschonek
Three Wishes By S.R. Silcox
Sepia Showers By Andrea Dale
Some Old Lover’s Ghost By Dayle A. Dermatis
Hawthorn & Willow By T. Thorn Coyle
Still coming to grips with her new ability, she meets DivAnita, former (because she’s dead) co-owner of The Glitter Room.
To keep the iconic Hollywood drag bar from being bulldozed for condos, Nikki must help the absentminded but no less fabulous ghost find where she (safely) put the landmark status paperwork.
Another story in the popular Nikki Ashburne urban fantasy series. Come for the ghosts. Stay for the snark.
“Girls That Glitter” was originally published in Fiction River: Tavern Tales, 2017.
Learn the secrets of a ghostly businessman or enjoy your perfect friends. Sip some very special booze and change a patron with love. Find a magical keepsake in a stoppered bottle of potion before jetting to ponder a special wall in Rome.
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