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About Elsa Carruthers
Elsa M. Carruthers is a speculative fiction writer, academic, and poet. She lives in California with her family. She earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Since graduating, Elsa's work has been published in several anthologies, magazines, and e-zines.
When she isn't writing fiction or poetry, she is busy studying and writing about monsters. She has a soft spot for chupacabras and werewolves.
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This collection of 23 new essays explores how the show reduces, reuses and recycles '80s pop culture--from the films of Spielberg, Carpenter and Hughes to punk and synthwave music to Dungeons & Dragons--and how it shapes our understanding of the decade through distorted memory. Contributors discuss gender and sexual orientation; the politics, psychology and educational policies of the day; and how the ultimate upper-class teen idol of the Reagan era became Stranger Things' middle-aged blue-collar heroine.
Traci Douglass – “A Dream to Build a Kiss On”
Can passion bloom between a bookish botanist and an analytical android?
Cara McKinnon – “The Pirates and the Pacifist”
Kai doesn't believe in violence. Sam and Dek believe the ends justify the means. Will passion be enough to bridge the gap between the pacifist sent to broker galactic peace and the space pirates hired to keep him away at all costs?
A.E. Hayes – “Tristan’s Tryst”
One mysterious being. Two lovers who find her. Can this threesome handle the heat of this scorching summer?
Sheri Queen – “Red Sand”
If she can only save one thing, which will it be—the red beaches of Mars or a love she can’t imagine living without?
M.T. DeSantis – “The Princess of Sands”
Secrets and lies. Can they be each othe's freedom?
L.J. Longo – “Breathless”
A soldier and a café manager find themselves trapped beneath the surface of a resort by the deadly beasts native to the planet. As they fight to survive, they discover danger is a potent aphrodisiac.
K.W. Taylor – “Reprogramming”
Alex didn’t want to be marooned on an alien planet with a robot, but it may just be exactly what she needs.
Elsa M. Carruthers - "All B+ut You"
In a world where looks are so important that Genetic Modification is standard procedure, how will those without Genetic Modification cope, let alone find love?
Mary Rogers – “Breakfast on Pluto”
Doing the right thing isn't always what's best—but sometimes it pays off. A chance meeting of two people unaware of their destiny with each other results in a bond too difficult to break, but even duty has its boundaries. Will love help them break free—and will love be enough?
Emmerite Sundberg – “Fluid”
She's everything she's ever wanted but with one flaw - they can't actually touch.
Serena Jayne – “You Only Love Once”
Carpe diem the hell out of love.
Oriana Maret – “Renewal”
She’ll brave the arms of destruction to shed the arms that betrayed.
If you’re looking for an array of Horror stories to sink your teeth into, look no further than Memento Mori…pay the Ferryman, and prepare to take the ride of your life.
The title, Memento Mori, is Latin and literally means: “Remember you too must die.” An ominous-sounding phrase, the saying derived from Puritan settlers who would often display tokens of death as a reminder to the living of the fragility of life…not to mention the eternal punishment awaiting those who wallowed in wickedness.
Death has always been a fascination to the living, meaning different things to different groups of people. Edgar Allan Poe nailed it when he said: “The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
There is a wealth of truly incredible talent within these pages, each storyteller attempting to explore that very question. Her is a healthy book full of decidedly unhealthy stories. With Death being the key element in each one of those stories, you might be expecting a morbid ride, but rest assured, there are quite a few pieces of comedic gold lined inside this skeleton’s spine, along with the many that will send a chill down your own.
Stories by Theric Jepson, Lillian Scernica, Stuart Conover, Chantal Boudreau, Matt Kurtz, EA Black, Tom Ribas, Suzi M, D Alan Lewis, Jill Behe, Elsa Carruthers, Jay Wilburn, and Michael James McFarland.
Authors: Traci Douglass, Sheri Queen, A.E. Hayes, M.T. DeSantis, Cara McKinnon, L.J. Longo, Mary Rogers, and Elsa Carruthers.
Traci Douglass - "When Hermes Met Eos"
One night. Two star-crossed immortals. Will their vibrant connection survive beyond sunrise?
Sheri Queen - "The Girl with a Broken Wing"
One damaged fairy. One half-human. One destiny.
Cara McKinnon - "Love at Dawn"
Sometimes mortals need a little push from a god and goddess to fall in love…
M.T. DeSantis - "A Hunt for Love"
Can a djinn and a clueless guy beat the clock, avoid the curse, and maybe even find true love?
L.J. Longo - "Seaweed and Silk"
A mermaid: hundreds of miles from her home on the ice, on a ship with a troll, a goblin wizard, and a pack of wolves. What else can go wrong? Oh, right. A flippin’ sea monster.
Mary Rogers - "Spring Fling"
A druid's bargain gives Carson revenge against his former lover Carrie--at the price of her memories of them together. But did she truly steal his magic all those years ago? Or was the real theft his heart?
Elsa Carruthers - "Welded"
Welding Witch, Rena, is on the run. She's not looking for love, but all the magic in the world couldn't keep the sparks from flying when her rivals, Nate and Duke, find her.
A.E. Hayes - "A Siren's Song of Spring"
She is sworn to sing men to their deaths. Until one sails into her heart.
Genres represented in the book range from horror to romance to mystery - and everything in between. Some of the notable writers in the anthology are World Fantasy Award winner Nalo Hopkinson, Bram Stoker winners Michael A. Arnzen and Michael Knost, Bram Stoker nominees Lawrence C. Connolly and John Edward Lawson, ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults winner Jessica Warman, Rita finalist Dana Marton, Spur award winner Meg Mims, Asimov's Reader's Award winner Timons Esaias, Rhysling Award nominee K. Ceres Wright, and WV Arts and Humanities literary fellowships winner, Geoffrey Cameron Fuller.