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About Maria Haskins
Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and reviewer of speculative fiction. Her short story collection SIX DREAMS ABOUT THE TRAIN is out now from Trepidatio Publishing. Maria's short fiction has appeared in The Best Horror of the Year Volume 13, Black Static, Interzone, Fireside, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Cast of Wonders, Shimmer, Flash Fiction Online, Gamut, Capricious, Kaleidotrope, PseudoPod, and elsewhere.
Maria currently lives just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, several birds, a snake, and a very large black dog.
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From Ellen Datlow (“the venerable queen of horror anthologies” (New York Times) comes a new entry in the series that has brought you stories from Stephen King and Neil Gaiman comes thrilling stories, the best horror stories available.
For more than four decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror readers crave. Now, with the thirteenth volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night. Encompassed in the pages of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as: Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Stephen Graham Jones, Joyce Carol Oates, Laird Barron, Mira Grant, and many others.
With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this light creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness as articulated by today’s most challenging and exciting writers.
Also featuring the Sidewise Award-nominated story Twilight of the Mesozoic Moon, by Brent A. Harris and Ricardo Victoria.
Our world could have been so very different...
Eight stories take us on a journey into how our world could have been. What if the nukes had flown that day over Cuba? What if Caesar had survived? Imagine the Tunguska meteor with a different outcome. What if there was a true story behind HG Wells' most famous tale? See the world as it might have been if China discovered the New World first. And what if all of this was never meant to be and dinosaurs ruled the Earth?
Authors Jessica Holmes, Daniel M. Bensen, Terri Pray, Rob Edwards, Maria Haskins, Cathbad Maponus, Leo McBride, and collaborators Brent A. Harris and Ricardo Victoria show us the world that might have been - if the butterfly's wings had fluttered a different way, if the world changed between heartbeats, if a moment of decision saw another choice.
This is the fourth anthology from Inklings Press, aiming to provide a platform for new and upcoming authors and to open the door onto different worlds.
Six Dreams About the Train and Other Stories, by Swedish-Canadian author Maria Haskins, brings together twenty-three speculative fiction short stories-two of them previously unpublished-that span fantasy, science fiction, and horror, delving into the dark, the strange, the beautiful, and the uncanny points in between. Many of the stories take place in the deepest parts of the woods, on the shadowy border between reality and fairytale. Others take place on the streets of Vancouver; in a whispering circle of ancient stones on a high tor; and backstage at a rock concert.
Here, a mother's vivid dreams are haunted by the ever-present specter of a freight train. A grandmother disappears from her nursing home and only her granddaughter knows that she has disappeared into her own fairytale. In a village inhabited by humans and wolves, a girl rebels by turning herself into a cub. A woman searches for her three children, facing her own doubts about whether she wants to be their mother. A dog traverses a post-apocalyptic landscape to save its pups. Another dog travels to the underworld in search of his lost girl. In a Canadian basement, two friends play a game that changes one of them into a terrifying creature. Two women trying to defeat an ancient entity must first face down a world-famous rock star. A string of mysterious deaths across the solar system pits two friends against each other at the bottom of the North Sea. And in a stark landscape riven by magic and myth, an old Viking warrior is haunted by visions of dragons as she searches for her abducted son.
In each of these tales, people and creatures are rarely quite what they seem. As author Angela Slatter says in her foreword, reading a Maria Haskins story feels like "the unexpected dragon in the sky."
Recommended by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and Foreword Reviews (starred review).
Travel with twenty-three speculative fiction authors through the seasons of life to capture the memories, identities, and moments of stepping through the portal of change, as they cope with their own journeys of growing older.
From the moment of birth, through each threshold of our lives, to the moment we take our last breath, we age. Some of us leap into a hopeful future, some cling to the knowns of our former selves, some wander obliviously through the minefields and poppies of change. Something is lost, something is gained in each season. Things forgotten, things remembered.
A child redefines identity and belonging in post-Soviet Hungary. A girl blossoming to adult awareness exchanges life for death in rural Canada. A college student chooses between the magic of ancient spirits and the magic of daily happiness in modern Japan. In futuristic India, a mother finds joy in the balance between family and career. Under the Andalusian sun, a mathematician consults his older self in affairs of love. In alternate Tanzania, a husband and wife discover wisdom in memory loss. A robot eases an old man's grief, and a grandmother opens her heart when she listens to her child. And many more hopeful stories.
Featuring Original Stories by Maurice Broaddus, Vanessa Cardui, C.J. Cheung, Joyce Chng, Eric Choi, S.B. Divya, Alan Dean Foster, Bev Geddes, Maria Haskins, Tyler Keevil, Rich Larson, Karin Lowachee, Brent Nichols, Heather Osborne, Y.M. Pang, Karina Sumner-Smith, Amanda Sun, Patrick Swenson, Bogi Takács, Hayden Trenholm, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Jane Yolen, and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.
With an Introduction by Candas Jane Dorsey
Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law
The anthologies in this award-winning series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise, Shades Within Us) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.
Praise for Seasons Between Us
“Featuring a diverse range of protagonists and a wide variety of genre and voice, this anthology nevertheless forms a cohesive whole, united by deep thought, emotional truth, and a hopeful tone. Speculative fiction fans will find it well worth searching out.”—Publishers Weekly
“VERDICT: This collection is at turns haunting, yearning, and hopeful. An excellent volume of varied voices, both familiar and new.”—Library Journal
“Through soft and hard science fiction, magical realism, folklore, horror, high fantasy, and alternate history, the 20 stories and two poems tackle aging, loss, change, and adaptation. Like the authors and characters, the settings are diverse… Fans of speculative fiction are well served.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The dazzling speculative fiction anthology Seasons Between Us features a range of distinct and powerful voices. By stretching the boundaries of what is and what might be, the stories in Seasons Between Us are compelling in addressing choice, identity, and meaning.
The cover art is by Ben Baldwin, for Stephen Volk's 'Sicko'.
Sicko by Stephen Volk
illustrated by Ben Baldwin
You Are My Sunshine by Keith Rosson
illustrated by Richard Wagner
Cleaver, Meat, and Block by Maria Haskins
illustrated by Vincent Sammy
We Didn't Always Live in the Woods by Jack Westlake
The Hearts of All by Gregory Norman Bossert
Notes From the Borderland by Lynda E. Rucker
THE FICTION OF RIGHT NOW
Into the Woods by Ralph Robert Moore
Case Notes: Book Reviews
Andrew Hook: And Cannot Come Again by Simon Bestwick • David Surface, One Good Story: The Judas Tree by Denton Welch • Laura Mauro: Doe Lea by M. John Harrison, so this is it by Paul Griffiths, Halloween by Nicolas Freeman, Le Détective by H.P. Tinker • Daniel Carpenter: Nowhereville edited by Scott Gable & C. Dombrowski • Andy Hedgecock: Ghostland by Edward Parnell • Georgina Bruce: Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma, plus author interview
Blood Spectrum: Film Reviews by Gary Couzens
Hammer Volume Four: Faces of Fear • Secret Ceremony • The Dead Don't Die • Der Golem • I Lost My Body • The Nightingale • The Fall • Hitch Hike to Hell • Cut • Annabelle Comes Home • Werewolf (Wilkolak) • The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil • Prey
We are living in A Punk Rock Future. It seems like it more and more every day! In A Punk Rock Future, twenty-six fantasy and science fiction authors mash up punk rock music and speculative fiction in both near and far future visions. There’s a freecycle nation skateboarding and intentional community story, another about a band like The Clash playing a mind-blowing gig on Mars, and an anti-fascism flash fiction featuring two amused ravens. And 23 more future punk stories.
A Punk Rock Future includes stories from Steven Assarian, Stewart C Baker, Matt Bechtel, Michael Harris Cohen, P.A. Cornell, M. Lopes da Silva, R. K. Duncan, Anthony W. Eichenlaub, Spencer Ellsworth, Maria Haskins, Margaret Killjoy, Jordan Kurella, Priscilla D. Layne, Wendy Nikel, Charles Payseur, Kurt Pankau, Sarah Pinsker, Zandra Renwick, dave ring, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Josh Rountree, Erica L. Satifka, Vaughan Stanger, Marie Vibbert, Dawn Vogel, Izzy Wasserstein, and Corey J. White.
Cover design and layout by Eva Heaps.
Interzone's 2019 cover artist is Richard Wagner
Cyberstar by Val Nolan
illustrated by Richard Wagner
And You Shall Sing to Me a Deeper Song by Maria Haskins
illustrated by Martin Hanford
Coriander for the Hidden by Nicholas Kaufmann
Everything Rising, Everything Starting Again by Sarah Brooks
'Scapes Made Diamond by Shauna O'Meara
illustrated by Richard Wagner
Future Interrupted: The Beginning of Wisdom
Climbing Stories: Books That Smile Back
Books reviewed include The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan, The True History of The Strange Brigade edited by David Thomas Moore, The Mortal Word by Geneveive Cogman, The Subjugate by Amanda Bridgeman, The Migration by Helen Marshall, Zero Bomb by M.T. Hill, Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, The Girl King by Mimi Yu, The Clockworm and Other Strange Stories by Karen Heuler
Films reviewed include Happy Death Day 2U, Glass, Mary Poppins Returns, The Kid Who Would be King, Alita: Battle Angel, Bumblebee, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Twelve writers delve into dungeons, cross battlefields, challenge prophecies and conjure up characters ready to face the gods themselves.
Discover 12 new legends of fantasy - and explore these worlds of imagination.
These new authors appear alongside the following classic and essential writers: George Tomkyns Chesney, George Allan England, Austin Hall, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, Robert Potter, Garrett P. Serviss, Jonathan Swift, Voltaire, H.G. Wells; along with text from The Taking of Ireland (retold tales from The Book of Invasions).
All nine stories originally appeared on R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast in 2018.