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About Dayle A. Dermatis
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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Unlikely Story invites you to enter the big top with authors Mari Ness, Carlie St. George, Cate Gardner, Karlo Yeager-Rodriguez, Cassandra Khaw, Evan Dicken, Chris Kuriata, and many more. But wait! There's more! Buy now, and we'll include not one, not two, but twenty-three illustrations by Bryan Prindiville, as well as an introduction by Robin Blyn. So slap on your greasepaint, grab your cotton candy and peanuts, slip on your wig of many colors and your most comfortable floppy shoes. It's time to run away and join the circus. (Or to run away from those who've joined the circus; we don't judge.) Don't be shy. There's room for everyone inside the clown car.
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Come for the ghosts. Stay for the snark.
Just keep your mitts off Nikki’s friends.
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Has he been to Blue Heron Island before? Does he have another, more devious reason to be there now?
When sunny days dissolve into a rain-soaked night and a child disappears, Elizabeth must decide whether to trust Will with everything…including her life.
Thrilling and romantic, That Summer on Blue Heron Island is the perfect summer beach read!
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
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“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
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“Minions at Work 2.0: 4th Wall Broken” by J. Steven York
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Until she starts to suspect the errors might just be intentional….
“Bothering With the Details” originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, 2018.
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Agnes and Neil, from different brownie clans and working at different manor houses, both prided themselves in their custard. Custard, which requires the best, freshest eggs.
A chance meeting over a favorite clutch of eggs starts Agnes and Neil on an adventure, and the chance to create something new.
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