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About Karen Bovenmyer
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Nonfiction Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ MOTHERSHIP ZETA MAGAZINE. She is the 2016 recipient of the Horror Writers Association Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship. Her short stories and poems appear in more than 40 publications and her first novel will be available Spring 2017.
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When Benjamin is shipwrecked on Dread Island, fortune sends an unlikely savior—a blond savage who is everything Benjamin didn’t know he needed. Falling in love with Sun is easy. But pirates have come looking for the remains of Benjamin’s cargo, and they find their former slave Sun instead.
Held captive by the pirates, Benjamin learns the depths of Sun’s past and the horrors he endured and was forced to perpetrate. Together, they must not only escape, but prevent a shipment of weapons from making its way to rebellious colonists. Benjamin is determined to save the man he loves and ensure that a peaceful future together is never threatened again. To succeed might require the unthinkable—an altruistic sacrifice.
THIS ISSUE INCLUDES:
DEATH BY BUBBLEGUM by Chad Vincent
FROM THE DROP by Stuart D. Monroe
NATURAL ORDER by Steven D. Hamilton
BIKUTIMU by Shelly Macaroy
CUSTOM SOLUTION by Janis Zelcans
ZOMBIES ARE NO LAUGHING MATTER by Len Dawson
THE LAST RUN by Matthew Howley
THE RED RED ROSE by Karen Bovenmyer
HARMONY HOUSE by Sara Green
the Weird Dream Society brings together twenty-three stories from the most innovative
creators in speculative fiction.
Nathan Ballingrud, Carina Bissett, Gregory Norman Bossert, Karen Bovenmyer,
Christopher Brown, Emily Cataneo, Julie C. Day, Michael J Deluca, Gemma Files,
A.T. Greenblatt, Nin Harris, Chip Houser, James Patrick Kelly, Marianne Kirby, Kathrin Köhler
Matthew Kressel, Jordan Kurella, Premee Mohamed, Sarah Read, Sofia Samatar,
Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Steve Toase, A.C. Wise
All proceeds from the Weird Dream Society anthology will go to RAICES. RAICES envisions a
compassionate society where all people have the right to migrate, and human rights are guaranteed.
Some dreams can change the world.
Disruptive technology creates new opportunities for crime. On distant worlds and those not unlike our own, struggling humans commit terrible acts to survive, artificial intelligence breaks all boundaries for love, steals human identities, and solves impossible mysteries. Investigators enforce laws written by corporations, humans murder clones with impunity, and the underclasses of the future are pushed to the edge again, and again, and again as the line between what is legal and ethical blurs.
Join Jennifer Brozek, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Paul Jessup, Mur Lafferty, Jaime Mason, and more for a wide range of stories that begin with the question of future crime and end with unexpected revelations. These eighteen original stories of science fiction explore the many ways in which crime will evolve with technology. In the future, humans and machines will never stop inventing rules. We will never stop breaking them.
The laser's way is both a scalpel and a gun.
Featuring 12 stories inspired by the villains from classic fairy tales and folklore, this anthology delves into the evil hiding within the stories we love.
Including stories inspired by Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin and more!
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While some of the poems in this anthology provide searing commentary on the dreadfulness of some of the creations birthed by inventors, other poems offer us a view into the stories behind inventions, as well as the lives of real and imagined inventors.
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stories, poems, and visual art retelling legends, myths, and fairy tales as science fiction.
With contributions from:
Monica Rose Song
Vonnie Winslow Crist
Kelly A. Harmon
Michael Harris Cohen
Virginia Frances Sterret
Eddie D. Moore
Richard King Perkins II
María Castro Domínguez
Patrick S. Baker
Did you ever go camping as a kid and sit around the fire at night listening to scary stories? Creepy Campfire Quarterly #5 special science fiction horror edition features sci-fi horror fiction from some of the most talented writers across the globe. Dark, disturbing, dramatic, or just downright creepy, these stories will entertain you. And perhaps the next time you are around a campfire, you'll find yourself recounting a few of these haunting tales...
Featuring works from the newest crop of modern sci-fi horror writers:
David McCool, Karen Bovenmyer, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Sierra July, Ellen Denton, Nick Nafpliotis, Roy Bishop, Elana Gomel, Julie Frost, Brian Trent, David Hoenig, Douglas Ford, Eric Del Carlo, Tony Bowman, David Tallerman, Ericka Kahler, and Peter Olafson.
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