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About KT Wagner
KT Wagner grew up reading science fiction, Gothic romance and political thrillers. In her early teens, several novels, including John Brunner’s The Sheep Look Up, inspired her to start writing essays and letters to the editor. Several were published.
Over the next three decades, KT wrote numerous articles, papers, and newspaper columns about literacy, education research, public education policy and reform.
Always interested in new challenges and opportunities to express herself, KT finally turned her attention to writing the kind of fiction she has always loved to read.
These days KT writes science fiction, Gothic horror and steampunk, novels and short stories.
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Mainstream publishers want all-star lineups. Small press publishers often can’t afford to pay pro rates…and even when they can, the names in the table of contents can be limited by the editor’s reach or effort. Bestselling horror, fantasy, and thriller authors Christopher Golden and James A. Moore knew there had to be a better way. Inspired by the efforts of legendary anthology Charles L. Grant, who helped move so many new writers in the horror community’s conversation, Golden and Moore teamed up with Haverhill House’s Twisted Publishing imprint to create…
THE TWISTED BOOK OF SHADOWS
Determined to pay pro rates, the editors crowdfunded the project, and then put the word out as far and wide as possible, loudly and repeatedly encouraging submissions by diverse voices, and recruiting a stellar editorial committee to read along with them, including Linda A. Addison, Nadia Bulkin, Rachel Autumn Deering, Lamar Giles, KL Pereira, and Lee Thomas.
Out of seven hundred stories received through a blind submission process—none of the editors had any idea who the authors were—nineteen made the final cut. Within these pages you will find the beautifully weird side-by-side with terrifying nightmares, horrifying folklore, and hellish futures. Nineteen unique and haunting tales that truly earned their place in a book entitled…
THE TWISTED BOOK OF SHADOWS
Discover your new favorite horror stories by:
Melissa Swensen -- M.M. De Voe -- Andrew Bourelle -- Sara Tantlinger -- Jeffrey B. Burton
Eóin Murphy -- Sarah L. Johnson -- Jason A. Wyckoff -- Amanda Helms -- Trisha J. Wooldridge
Liam Hogan -- KT Wagner -- Rohit Sawant -- P.D. Cacek -- John Linwood Grant
George Edwards Murray -- Cindy O’Quinn -- David Surface -- Kristi DeMeester
THE TWISTED BOOK OF SHADOWS
If you love Halloween but are so-so about Christmas - these stories are for you. Scary, funny, sweet or sad - they're all TWISTED.
A stolen spellbook causes a bored housewife to undergo a strange transformation in North of Horsefly.
Rahkaav and the Three Brothers explores a tale of pride, riddles...and time travel.
A man-made virus transforms humans and dogs in different ways in Suture-Perfect(tm).
These and other tales await.
Arachne was on the list in the first place because we wanted out website to be integral, and because as I writer myself I often use spinning and weaving as a metaphor in my writing and as a metaphor for writing; and because one of my very first published stories was Arachne’s Daughters which tells the story of a talk given by a spider (in semaphore) at an archive meeting of the Arachno-Lesbian league, 13 years after the revolution…
Fast forward seven years and watching the historic judgement of the Supreme Court in rejecting the legality of the prorogation of Parliament, I was entranced by Lady Hale’s spider brooch, and texted my partner, who as outside the court, It’s going to be alright she’s wearing a spider. A completely illogical response, but as I turned off the TV and went back to my desk I thought, time for a spider anthology, and Oh! Its our eighth anniversary next August!
I was not expecting many stories and poems, and was resigned to publishing a slim volume of eight poems and eight stories, and possibly including Arachne’s Daughters, but no! This was the biggest response we’ve ever had to a call out, despite my strictures to avoid horror, and that no spider should die; except, perhaps, heroically. So thank you to all those writers who upheld my faith in human nature and thank you to Lady Hale for giving me the nudge to celebrate spiders properly.
This edition, our authors received the challenge of “Changed Worlds” in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre. And now we are pleased to present to you:
Micheal Healy’s “Hail Bruce”
Dainel Powel’s “Reclaiming the Elements”
Clint Spivey’s “The Barred Gates”
Lee Clark Zumpe’s “Book of Being”
Dale L. Sproule and Sally McBride’s “The Birthing Blades”
Barry Charman’s “The Knot”
Philip Brian Hall’s “The Hard Stuff”
M. M. Pryor’s “The Witch’s Intern”
M. C. Tuggle’s “Hunting Ground”
K. T. Wagner’s Mountains to Cross”
M. J. Moores’ “The Reckoning”
Relish in the talent of our authors and lose yourself in “Changed Worlds”.
See photos and promotional materials from the emerge 15 fundraiser, which included: readings from Raoul Fernandes and students of The Writer's Studio; and, a musical performance from Amber Lin.
The thirty-six writers of the 2015 Writer’s Studio — under the mentorship of Kevin Chong, Hiromi Goto, JJ Lee, Meredith Quartermain, and Wayde Compton — present their work in the Studio’s fifteenth annual anthology.
This year’s guest editor, poet and short story author, Matt Rader, welcomes you into the diverse and vibrant worlds they have created. Fiction and poetry, lyric prose and narrative non-fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, and steampunk: it’s all here.
Enter their stories. Linger over their images. Let their words delight, unsettle, nourish, stir, and entertain.
Matt Rader — Foreword
Heather Marshall — The Heights
Wanda-mae Anderson — three poems
Joana Coman — Zigzag Girl
Kathleen Marigold — an excerpt from Memory Markers
Sen H.H.S. — an excerpt from The Abandoned
Shazia Hafiz Ramji — three poems
K.P. Daly Morris — Duane
Lynn Easton — Rounding Third
Peggi Peacock — Feet, an excerpt from Mind Share
Annette LeBox — two poems
A.J. Lin — Where Do We Go Now?
Mark Bondyra — The Month of Smelling the Best You’ve Ever Smelt
DG Thiel — four poems
Lucia Marguglio — Lying For a Cause
Ryleigh Walsh — How I Cut Off My Right Foot
Brittany Bjorndal — four poems
Alex Bezeredi — The White Stag
Margot Spronk — Handover, an excerpt from Late Effects
Leah Sharzer — four poems
Valerie Chalker Whitfield — To Tanzania, an excerpt
Emily E.A. Stringer — Hovel By the Riverside, an excerpt from Wolfhound
Kiri Sawyer — Failing the Bechdel Test
Cristina I. Viviani — Pattern
KT Wagner — Storm Maker, an excerpt
Veeno Dewan — When the Big One Hit, an excerpt
Susan MacRae — The Survivor Tree, an excerpt
Sarah Rauch — A Smattering
Rebecca A. Coates — Mlle Zemfira Conducts a Séance, an excerpt from The Operatrix
Evan Holmes — Zero Avenue, an excerpt
Jennifer Griffin — two poems
Rebecca Jamieson — Untitled Novel, an excerpt
TK Sohal — A Memorable Birthday, an excerpt
Sarah M. Stephen — Winston and Alice Connect an excerpt from Crime in Time
Sonay Cheema — three poems
Christina Myers — The Last Road Trip, an excerpt
Zuri H. Scrivens — After the Dust
"A fun little collection! These stories vary from straight-up mystery to a touch of the supernatural to day-after-tomorrow speculative fiction." Wordcarmen, Amazon Review (4-Stars)
"Will recommend this book to a few friends who enjoy mysteries and the bizarre." Steven D, Amazon Review (5-Stars)