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About Gerri Leen
Gerri Leen spent her childhood and early adult years in the Seattle area but moved to Northern Virginia in the late eighties and has stayed there ever since. She began writing in her forties and credits fanfic over the public school system for teaching her how to punctuate and plot. She prefers writing speculative prose and non-speculative poetry, but can go the other way when needed. She's recently begun editing and has developed a passion for it. She also writes romances under the pen name Kim Strattford.
Gerri is a big supporter of animal rescue and currently has two rescue cats, siblings named Simon and River. She follows horse racing with a fervid passion not shared by most of the world and someday will get to go to The Breeders' Cup.
Favorite authors include (in no particular order): Connie Willis, Max Barry, Matt Ruff, Douglas Coupland, Stewart O'Nan, Robert A. Heinlein, Alice Hoffman, Armistead Maupin, Gillian Flynn, and Laurie Halse Anderson.
Visit her website at www.gerrileen.com.
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Ancient peoples knew there were lands given over to shadow and spirit. The world is full of haunted places that exact a terrible toll on trespassers. Our forebears paid a heavy price to earn the wisdom and the warning they bequeathed to future generations.
Time transformed their precious knowledge into superstition, but there are those whose hearts beat in rhythm with the past and whose vision is not clouded by modernity. Seeking to reclaim humanity’s early secrets, the Umbra Arca Society was forged. For centuries, this private league of explorers dedicated their lives to uncovering the oldest mysteries of the Americas. Armed with boldness and guile, and equipped with only a compass, a journal, and devotion to truth, these adventurers braved cursed landscapes, dared unnatural adversaries, and exposed hidden civilizations.
Many did not survive.
None were forgotten.
Their stories are maps revealing the topography and contours of landscapes unimaginable and dark. The Shadow Atlas collects their adventures.
With Fiction and Poetry by:
Mario Acevedo • Colleen Anderson • Kay Chronister • Sara Cleto • David Davies • Sean Eads • Anastasia Garcia • Owl Goingback • Maxwell I. Gold • Warren Hammond • Angie Hodapp • Jimena Jurado • Starlene Justice • Gwendolyn Kiste • Gerri Leen • Josh Malerman • Juliana Spink Mills • Tiffany Morris • Lee Murray • Annie Neugebauer • Gerardo Horacio Porcayo • Cameron E. Quinn • Sarah Read • Kathryn Reilly • Julia Rios • Betty Rocksteady • Marge Simon • Angela Yuriko Smith • Christina Sng • Jeanne C. Stein • Tim Waggoner • Brittany Warman • Christa Wojciechowski • Stephanie M. Wytovich • Mercedes M. Yardley • Jane Yolen • E. Lily Yu • Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge and Joshua Viola
Cover and interior art by Aaron Lovett
“Shadow Atlas is a rare, beguiling treat, a collective fantasy with teeth, vision, and grounded in urgent, ancient truths.” --BOOKLIFE by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Editor's Pick)
"A host of sublime writers and settings create an entertainingly macabre collection." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Shadow Atlas is a top recommendation for horror, fantasy, and literary short story readers seeking diversity in voices and visions. Its collaborative intersection of different worlds thoroughly delights." --MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
They Twinkled like Jewels by Philip José Farmer,
Lingua Franca by Carole McDonnell,
Dawn of Flame by Stanley G. Weinbaum,
Don’t Jump by Jamie Wild,
Youth by Isaac Asimov,
Digger Don't Take No Requests by John Teehan,
Lighter than You Think by Nelson Bond,
Garden of Souls by M. Turville Heitz,
The Variable Man by Philip K. Dick,
Starwisps by Edward J. McFadden III,
Gorgono and Slith by Ray Bradbury,
I Was There When They Made the Video by Cynthia Ward,
The Perfect Host by Theodore Sturgeon,
That Universe We Both Dreamed Of by Jay O’Connell,
The Lake of Light by Jack Williamson,
Lies, Truth, and the Color of Faith by Gerri Leen,
Hopscotch and Hottentots by Lou Antonelli,
No Place to Hide by James Dorr,
Industrial Revolution by Poul Anderson,
The Visitor by Ann Wilkes,
Travel Diary by Alfred Bester,
Encounter in Redgunk by William R. Eakin,
The Second Satellite by Edmond Hamilton,
The Indecorous Rescue of Clarinda Merwin by Brenda W. Clough,
Lost Paradise by C. L. Moore,
Siblings by Warren Lapine,
Gun for Hire by Mack Reynolds,
The Answer by H. Beam Piper,
Pythias by Frederik Pohl,
Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison,
The Good Neighbors by Edgar Pangborn,
The Intruder by Emil Petaja,
The Six Fingers of Time by R. A. Lafferty,
An Ounce of Cure by Alan Edward Nourse,
The Hoofer by Walter M. Miller, Jr.,
The Stellar Legion by Leigh Brackett,
Year of the Big Thaw by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Completely revised and updated, this second edition text is one of the most comprehensive sci-fi eBooks on the market today.
Featuring 23 stories about Norse goddesses such as Sigyn, Ran, Idun, Nott, Eir, Angrboda, and many more!
With stories by Cindar Harrell, Victor H. Rodriguez, Christine Morgan, Jade Black, Amelia Sirina, Jane Dougherty, R.A. Goli, Eddie D. Moore, Lisa M. Landreth, Tony Daly, Cassandra Schoeber, Aaron Hwang, Genevieve Gornichec, Matthew Wilson, Nicki J. Markus, by Tahni J. Nikitins, DJ Tyrer, Kari Holloway, Claire Davon, Gerri Leen, Antonius M. Hogebrandt, David W. Landrum, and S. Locke.
Strange New Worlds 9 includes stories from all five Star Trek incarnations:
Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
and Star Trek: Enterprise.
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In Erato, fifty talented writers bring you short, short stories with a diversity of characters and settings—all of them breathtakingly seductive and memorable. Expand your erotic imagination and discover the pleasure different bodies, relationships, and play with language can bring us. From the prehistoric past to newly discovered planets in the far future, characters who are cis, trans, and nonbinary explore their desires, whether gay, straight, lesbian, bi and pan, or ace! The sexy stories included here feature kinky, creative, and body-positive celebrations of sensuality. Slow seductions and urgent lust are both on offer, with hours of reading pleasure for you to savor one luxurious bite at a time. With flash fiction from experienced storytellers and hot new talent, there's no need to "skip to the good parts" in this collection: every moment will caress the senses and linger in the mind. Escape into their brief but powerful spell for ten minutes before bed, or over your morning cup of coffee, during your bus ride, or as a sweet treat during a break! Share with your partner(s) by reading these lyrical pieces aloud, or indulge on your own.
Featuring new stories by new writers and a few contest veterans, Strange New Worlds VII spans the entire Star Trek universe from the original days of Captain Kirk and throughout the tenures of Captains Picard, Sisko, and Janeway and back in time again to Archer. Each of these unforgettable stories explores the past and future of Star Trek from many different perspectives.
This year's contributors include Kevin Lauderdale, Kevin Killiany, Christian Grainger, Paul J. Kaplan, Muri McCage, Pat Detmer, Gerri Leen, Julie Hyzy, Kelly Cairo, John Coffren, Scott Pearson, Jeff D. Jacques, Jim Johnson, Anne E. Clements, Russ Crossley, Susan S. McCrackin, Catherine E. Pike, G. Wood, Annie Reed, Louisa M. Swann, Brett Hudgins, Amy Sisson, and Frederick Kim.
The stories included in this anthology are: THE SPACE BETWEEN by Larry Hinkle, FORGED IN IRON AND BLOOD by Jeanna Mason Stay, THE POISONER'S REVENGE - A KINGFOUNTAIN TALE by WSJ bestselling author Jeff Wheeler, THE RED WALLS OF ISHRI by Patrick Hurley, THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO THE DANIEL WEBSTER CHARTER SCHOOL PTA’S ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CHILI COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER by Eric James Stone, HIS LADY’S FAVOR by K.D. Julicher, THE TEN SUNS by Nebula and Hugo award winning author Ken Liu, GRAVE SECRETS by WSJ bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg, THE HALL OF THE DIAMOND QUEEN by NYT bestselling author Anthony Ryan, THE LADY OF PAIN by Steve DuBois, LOVE IN THE TIME OF HOLODECKS by Charity West, HANGING TREES by Christoph Weber, MUZIK MAN by award-winning author Wulf Moon, ONE WAY by Gerri Leen, DARNED SOCKS by Brendon Taylor, PERFECTLY PAINTED LIES by Brittany Rainsdon, THE JOB PROSPECTS OF HISTORY MAJORS by Alyssa Eckles, PILE OF BONES by NYT bestselling author Michael J Sullivan, and DON’T WAKE THE DREAMER by K.M. Dailey.
Deep Magic's Anthology Two has science fiction and fantasy stories hand selected by our team. All of these stories have a noblebright thread of honor, compassion, or selflessness. So jump in and learn about escapism holodecks, battered old technology which has created a new culture, and a messianic robot, learn the magic of needles and thread, and so much more in this jam-packed anthology. Explore these stories by bestselling authors today, and experience new adventures of sacrifice, love, family, loss, and triumph.
"A Tale of Two Thieves", by Sara C Roethle
"Shackled", by Michael Wisehart
"Standing With Centaurs", by Jennifer L Hilty
"Blackheart" by David VonAllmen
"One Way" by Gerri Leen
Extended sample chapters for novels:
"Edge of Darkness", by DK Holmberg
"The Bone Charmer", by Breeana Shields
DEEP MAGIC is an electronic magazine that publishes clean short fiction in the fantasy and science fiction genres (epic, paranormal, steampunk, etc).
For the first time, two years of fiction from Grimdark Magazine are printed on dead trees and bound together like captive slaves to be read or reread and proudly placed among your favourite tomes on your bookshelf.
Knee-Deep in Grit features short stories by authors including Mark Lawrence, Aliette de Bodard, Adrian Tchaikovsky, R. Scott Bakker, Kelly Sandoval, James A. Moore, and Victor Milan.
Come enter the dragon’s lair and roll the dice. Within these pages you will still meet some of the biggest, baddest predators ever—but if you are lucky, you will also discover some that have a sweeter side.
Meet a dragon with a soft spot for hard luck cases and another who is a hopeless romantic.
Enjoy a musical battle between a dragon and the specter of one of the greatest guitarists to ever play.
Meet a dragon in trouble with other magical creatures because he enjoys hanging out with human children.
Join a mother and daughter and their teams of dragons on a dangerous cross-country race.
Reconnect with an imaginary friend – who is not so imaginary and escape the isolation of the pandemic.
So enter in BUT tread carefully—remember you are crunchy and taste good with chocolate.
Featuring stories by:
Beth W. Patterson, Miriam Thor, Joyce Frohn, Cara Brezina. Allison Rott, Rose Strickman, Mary Jo Rabe, Gustasp Irani, Birgit K. Gaiser, Gwen C. Katz, Gerri Leen, Austin Roberts, Annie Percik, L.H. Davis III, Gregg Chamberlain, Barbara G. Tarn, Sally Jo, Fred Phillips, Mabel Ginest, Karen G. McCullough, Mark Bruce, Claire Davon, Kevin David Anderson, S.H. Mansouri, Samuel Poots, Ken Goldman, Jean Martin