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About Konstantine Paradias
Konstantine Paradias is a writer by choice. At the moment, he's published over
100 stories in English, Japanese, Romanian,German, Dutch and Portuguese and has
worked in a freelancing capacity for videogames, screenplays and anthologies.
People tell him he's got a writing problem but he can, like, quit whenever he wants, man.
His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
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Return of the Old Ones will only have one signed edition (deluxe slipcased hardcover) and will feature a similar stamp design to the popular Cthulhu head stamping featured on the World War Cthulhu hardcovers. It will be signed by all contributors and will feature the original color cover artwork by Vincent Chong as color end sheets.
The world is at war against things that slink and gibber in the darkness, and titans that stride from world to world, sewing madness and death. War has existed in one form or another since the dawn of human civilization, and before then, Elder terrors battled it out across this planet and this known universe in ways unimaginable.
It has always been a losing battle for our side since time began. Incidents like the Innsmouth raid, chronicled by H.P. Lovecraft, mere blips of victory against an insurmountable foe. Still we fight, against these incredible odds, in an unending nightmare, we fight, and why? For victory, for land, for a political ideal? No, mankind fights for survival.
Our authors, John Shirley, Mark Rainey, Wilum Pugmire, William Meikle, Tim Curran, Jeffrey Thomas and many others have gathered here to share war stories from the eternal struggle against the darkness. This book chronicles these desperate battles from across the ages, including Roman Britain, The American Civil War, World War Two, The Vietnam Conflict, and even into the far future.
This ebook edition features 22 interior illustrations (one accompanying each story)
Table of Contents
Loyalty by John Shirley
The Game Changers by Stephen Mark Rainey
White Feather by T.E. Grau
To Hold Ye White Husk by W.H. Pugmire
Sea Nymph’s Son by Robert M. Price
The Boonieman by Edward M. Erdelac
The Turtle by Neil Baker
The Bullet and the Flesh by David Conyers & David Kernot
Broadsword by William Meikle
The Ithiliad by Christine Morgan
The Sinking City by Konstantine Paradias
Shape of a Snake by Cody Goodfellow
Mysterious Ways by C.J. Henderson
Magna Mater by Edward Morris
Dark Cell by Brian M. Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass
Cold War, Yellow Fever by Pete Rawlik
Stragglers from Carrhae by Darrell Schweitzer
The Procyon Project by Tim Curran
Wunderwaffe by Jeffrey Thomas
A Feast of Death by Lee Clark Zumpe
Long Island Weird by Charles Christian
The Yoth Protocols by Josh Reynolds
This is the world created by author C.J. Henderson who gave readers such modern day pulp heroes as Jack Hagee, Teddy London, Piers Knight, and his most recent creation: Frank Nardi, former N.Y.C. detective, now head of the Arkham Detective Agency. Before C.J. Henderson’s untimely death, many weird fiction authors were invited to this book to play in his world of stoic P.I.s, beautiful dames, and horrible monsters. We are thrilled to bring you the four Frank Nardi stories C.J. finished before his death, and all new stories set in H.P. Lovecraft’s modern day witch-haunted town of Arkham.
- Ernest Hemmingway
In a future of bleakness and roboticism, a totalitarian government enforces upon the people a lifestyle that lulls them into a state of obedience. Your career and social status are predestined and you cannot alter it - this is a reality that walks a fine line between evoking sensations of fear and inducing a sense of futility.
A dystopian reality can sometimes turn out to be as powerful and strong as it can be fragile, collapsing in on itself from one second to the next. As a race, we are fascinated with what comes next, what's over the hill and, inevitably, what happens if we're left all alone. How can things go on? What lessons can we learn?
Broken Worlds takes a peep into an all too possible future. Narration and style change from story to story, but the core of this volume is human emotion. Coloured by their cultures and backgrounds, the storytellers featured in this volume take the idea of a society at extremes and weave a variety of outcomes.
We invite you to read and hope you enjoy this collection.
The Sad Man by Thomas Brown (competition winner)
From the fifth-floor window of his inner-city flat, a man keeps watch for his friend, the Sad Man.
Pioneer by Joe Saxon
Lidia lives in the waterworks, always hungry, until she receives a message from the supervisors of the upper floors.
The Insects by Gavin Bryce
Thia is a city with millions of electronic eyes. On his retirement day, Roman Huxley has planned a special retirement present for the entire megacity.
Screens by Alix Owen
A story inspired by the advent of Google Glass; when one young man contracts a biomechanical disease, he is forced to see what the world has become while everybody else was social networking.
Machinations by Shira Hereld
A marriage is slowly falling apart as both partners become more and more reliant on mechanical Andros for everything from housework to intimacy.
The Architect by Gavin Haran
A local obituarist tracks the sinister transformation of his town through the introduction of mysterious architectural constructions with unexpected consequences
The Deepening Well by Sam Hurcom
Can a state of mind be considered dystopian - how would the end of history affect the last survivng individual?
3AM Job by Mark Schultz
On a future Earth, where absolute free market capitalism controls the globe, a freelance butcher accepts an early morning job which turns out to be far more profitable than it seems at first glance.
The Farm by George Vernon
A farmer and his family are threatened by their rebellious herd.
Vision of Paradise by Clare Banks
In the late 21st Century, a mind-altering drug is added to water supplies to combat global depression, but when a young housekeeper learns about a secret society's ambition to get it removed, her beliefs are challenged as her employer commits suicide to safeguard the group's anonymity.
Some believe it is an entity that traveled to Earth, many thousands of years ago inside a hollow meteor.
Ramsey Campbell, Nick Mamatas, John Goodrich, Robert M. Price, Pete Rawlik, W.H. Pugmire, Edward Morris, Scott R. Jones, Thana Niveau, William Meikle, Orrin Grey, Tom Lynch, Konstantine Paradias, Josh Reynolds, Lee Clarke Zumpe, and Tim Waggoner, these are, The Children of Gla’aki.
Join New York Times best-selling author John Skipp, Batman screenwriter Sam Hamm, Philip K. Dick Award-nominated novelist Toh EnJoe, and an array of writers, scholars, and fans in discussing girl power, firepower, professional wrestling, bad movies, the survival chances of Hollywood’s leading teen icons in a battle royale, and so much more!
With a small, elite list of award-winners, classics, and new work by the hottest young writers, Haikasoru is the first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond. Featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction, Haikasoru aims to truly be the “high castle” of science fiction and fantasy. For more information on Haikasoru please visit at www.haikasoru.com.
Exactly! I've come to tickle your funnybone.
Oh, and also to eat your soul.
In 1928, Weird Tales debuted “The Call of Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft, and the Cthulhu Mythos was born. In the 90 years since, dozens of writers have dared play within HPL’s mind-blowing creation—but never with such terrifyingly funny results. Now top authors lampoon, parody, and subvert Lovecraft’s Mythos. See Cthulhu cut short his nap at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean to invade North Korea! Watch the Unspeakable Eater of Souls solve crimes on the pulpy streets of Innsmouth! And speaking of largish Elder Gods, listen to a plastic Elvis doll dispense folksy advice straight from the heart of the Emperor of Dread! Again Ol’ Tentacle-Face is confronted by frail humans who dare defy the Incarnation of Ultimate Evil—but this time not by brave monster hunters and terrified villagers, but by fan fiction writers, clueless college students, and corporate lawyers (okay, we realize it’s hard to know who to root for in that confrontation).
Twenty-three mirthful manifestations within the Cthulhu Mythos from best-selling and award-winning authors Neil Gaiman, Mike Resnick, Esther Friesner, Ken Liu, Jody Lynn Nye, Laura Resnick, Nick Mamatas, and many more!
Guaranteed to leave you howling. Because if you look at it just right, there’s nothing funnier than a soul writhing in cosmic horror before a tentacled maw of malevolence. As HPL himself saith: “From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.”
At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
Praise for the Unidentified Funny Objects anthologies, edited by Alex Shvartsman:
“This book is a delight. There are a lot of giggles here, and every now and then you’ll laugh your head off. This is a hoot from start to finish.”—Galaxy’s Edge
“Shvartsman delivers a wonderful anthology and if you want to broaden your humorous SFF reading, Unidentified Funny Objects is a great place to start.”— A Fantastical Librarian
Praise for Alex Shvartsman:
“Shvartsman is an entertaining writer who can take on many voices and make them his.” –Locus
“Alex Shvartsman’s comedy is bright and direct with clever dialogue of both the inner and outer sort.”—Tangent Online
Complete Contributor List:
Jody Lynn Nye
Shaenon K. Garrity
Rachael Klahn Jones
Lucy A. Snyder
Original stories by David Vaughan, Jody Lynn Nye, Mike Resnick, Brian Trent, Yvonne Navarro, G. Scott Huggins, Gini Koch, Aidan Doyle, Amanda Helms, Laura Resnick, Laura Pearlman, Lucy Snyder, and Nick Mamatas.
Reprints by Esther Friesener, Kevin Wetmore, Shaenon K. Garrity, Alex Shvatsman, Ken Liu, Rachael K. Jones, Neil Gaiman, Konstantine Paradias, and Matt Mikalatos.
The sampler provides complete short stories, novella and novel excerpts, links to the various author’s works, personal interviews, and further information on author’s e-books.
Featuring stories by: Brad R. Torgersen, Jeffrey Thomas, Martin L. Shoemaker, Larry K. Pinaire, Konstantine Paradias, Geoff Nelder, M.O. Muriel, Roderick MacDonald, David Kernot, Patty Jansen, Guy Immega, Kevin Ikenberry, Mark Iles, Stephen Gaskell, Kary English, David Conyers, Gustavo Bondoni. Cover art from Paul Drummond and internals by M.O. Muriel.
Step inside, and discover the wonder and adventure that the big rocket-fuelled universe has to offer…
His private eyes went head-to-head with the horrors of the Lovecraftian mindscape. Their weapons
were fist cuffs, .45s, wise-cracks and harsh language. On occasions they got knocked down by a
tentacle or two, but they got back up again, bruised and battered perhaps, and they kept on fighting.
They were the first Cthulhu Detectives…
In July 2014, C.J. Henderson tragically lost his battle with cancer, but his influence has not dwindled,
and many writers today have followed in his tradition. Cthulhu Detective brings together 12 tales of
the new occult investigators written by many of today’s best known Cthulhu Mythos authors. Spies,
soldiers, private eyes, bounty-hunters, thieves, adventurers and police officers, all taking on the
monsters and madmen in an uncaring universe.
Cthulhu Detective features fiction from C.J. Henderson, Glynn Owen Barrass, David Conyers, Shane
Jiraiya Cummings, Cody Goodfellow, David Kernot, William Meikle, Konstantine Paradias, Robert M.
Price, Peter Rawlik, Brian M. Sammons, Ron Shiflet, and Jeffrey Thomas, with an introduction from
Robert M. Price. All earns from this anthology go to support C.J.’s family.
Included in this collection is a never before published C.J. novella, “The Temporal Deception” co-
written with David Conyers.