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About Jessica Lévai
Jessica Lévai has loved stories and storytellers her whole life. After a double major in history and mathematics, a PhD in Egyptology, and eight years of the adjunct shuffle, she devoted herself to writing full-time. You can read her work in Cossmass Infinities, StrangeHorizons.com, and Tor.com. Her first novella, The Night Library of Sternendach, is a vampire romance in Pushkin sonnets. She has begun work on her second long-form piece and dreams of one day collaborating on a graphic novel, and meeting Stephen Colbert.
Check out her website, JessicaLevai.com, for links and more.
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Young and old, fearsome and powerful, they wield art, science, and magic to fight fate, deity, and death. These women are predators.
Predators in Petticoats collects twenty-five original tales of flesh, blood, and bone.
Featuring new stories by:
R. S. Belcher
Susan Griffith & Clay Griffith
John G. Hartness
Jody Lynn Nye
And introducing new stories by:
R. James Gauvreau
R. Z. Held
M. Lopes da Silva
Leann M. Rettell
In the hands of Mary Shelley, Daphne Du Maurier and Shirley Jackson, Gothic Horror explored the bleak shadows of our homes; the darkest corners of the human mind; madness, personal transformation, the occult. IN SOMNIO recasts the legacy of the original Gothmothers in a chilling contemporary light.
Within the walls of an arcane modern art gallery; upon the shores of a hostile but compelling sea; into the blackest burrows of the animal kingdom; tableside at the world’s last restaurant on the eve of the apocalypse; from the deep deep South to a Lovecraftian Steampunk theatre, a cornucopia of disturbing vignettes await you.
Fans of twisted takes on the classics such as Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters; Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House/Bly Manor; moody, secretive novels like Night Film and A House at the Bottom of the Lake; and traditional Gothic Horror and ghost stories will all find something to chill their bones in IN SOMNIO.
This collection features eighteen vibrant, unique stories ranging from deeply intimate one-room settings to sprawling fantasy worlds; from the depths of darkness to comedy and adventure. Each story brings a new perspective to our inherent love of Gothic Horror and what those vital elements of terror still have to say today.
Edited by Alex Woodroe.
Featuring Stories by:
Barbara A. Barnett
M. Lopes da Silva
Briana Una McGuckin
Aster S. Monroe
Taylor Jordan Pitts
Claire L. Smith
In starry Sternendach, as long as
The vampire Graf has ruled this land
The Heller clan, with weapons strong as
Their wills, have killed his kindred and
Been killed in turn. The two sides nearly
Destroyed themselves. The Graf saw clearly
The need to make the killing cease,
And forced a pact to keep the peace.
The youngest of the Heller faction
Is Kunigunde. Trained to fight
It never suited her aright.
She can’t deny her soul’s attraction
For books and poetry, and for
The Graf, who gave her these and more.
Kunigunde is destined to become the next in a long line of Heller clan vampire hunters—but her soul is drawn to books, poetry, and the vampire Graf. Set in 1960s Europe, The Night Library of Sternendach is an unabashedly melodramatic opera-in-sonnets that weaves a sweeping, suspenseful tale readers won't be able to put down.
Andi C. Buchanan’s *I Will Teach You Magic*, a love letter to a child of their future.
*The Association of Twelve Thousand Flowers* from Ursula Whitcher is about a bisexual sex worker on another planet investigating a murder.
A. Katherine Black’s moving *This is Not a Diary, This is Not a Confession*, where being different, and bullied for it, can make one—prickly.
Thomas Ha's *Horangi*, about a boy growing up with Korean mythical creatures in Hawai`i.
*Confessions of a Forward Thinker* from Derrick Boden, where being able to see the future leads to what is really important.
*The Game Will be Mortal* by Gillian Secord, with the prickling in the head from the dice, what will the next Game bring.
Jess Hyslop’s *Risings* brings us a young girl whose father is a ‘collaborator’ working as a Necromancer for the invaders.
In *Echoes Under My Skin* by Alexandra Seidel, a refugee finds love in their adoptive home and their child fights to defend their new home from invaders.
And we close with Jessica Lévai’s *Starter Culture*, she’s working from her own recipes, but something isn’t right.
We’ve got a little bit of everything this time out. Steampunk, high fantasy, horror, straight up science fiction, and probably a few other things as well, all filtered through our usual lens of subverting genre expectations.
So take a little time to yourself, find some quiet amidst the din of the holidays, and help us celebrate the women in these pages, both authors and characters alike. You’ll emerge changed, but that’s what this time of the year is for.