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About Matthew Kressel
As a software developer, Matthew created the Moksha submissions system, which is in use by some of the largest speculative fiction publishers in the world.
He is the co-host of the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan.
Find him on Twitter @mattkressel or https://www.matthewkressel.net
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New York Times bestselling authors Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Carrie Ryan, Beth Revis, and Jane Yolen are among the many popular and award-winning storytellers lending their talents to this original and spellbinding anthology.
In this thrilling collection of original stories some of today's hottest paranormal authors delight, thrill, and captivate readers with otherworldly tales of magic and mischief. In Jim Butcher's "Curses" Harry Dresden investigates how to lift a curse laid by the Fair Folk on the Chicago Cubs. In Patricia Briggs' "Fairy Gifts," a vampire is called home by magic to save the Fae who freed him from a dark curse. In Melissa Marr's "Guns for the Dead," the newly dead Frankie Lee seeks a job in the afterlife on the wrong side of the law. In Holly Black's "Noble Rot," a dying rock star discovers that the young woman who brings him food every day has some strange appetites of her own.
Featuring original stories from 20 authors, Naked City, edited by the award-winning Ellen Datlow, is a dark, captivating, fabulous and fantastical collection that's sure to have readers coming back for more.
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An anthology focusing on newer elements of steampunk, one which deconstructs the staples of the genre and expands on them, rather than simply repeating them, with a greater spread both in terms of location and character. This is steampunk with a modern, post-colonial sensibility.
Contributors include: Jeff VanderMeer, Caitlín Kiernan, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Cherie Priest, Cat Rambo, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine and many more.
Journey with twenty-one speculative fiction authors through the fractured borders of human migration to examine the dreams, struggles, and triumphs of those who choose--or are forced--to leave home and familiar places.
An American father shields his son from Irish discrimination. A Chinese foreign student wrestles to safeguard her family at the expense of her soul. A college graduate is displaced by technology. A Nigerian high school student chooses between revenge and redemption. A bureaucrat parses the mystery of Taiwanese time travellers. A defeated alien struggles to assimilate into human culture. A Czechoslovakian actress confronts the German WWII invasion. A child crosses an invisible border wall. And many more.
Stories that transcend borders, generations, and cultures. Each is a glimpse into our human need in face of change: to hold fast to home, to tradition, to family; and yet to reach out, to strive for a better life.
Featuring Original Stories by Vanessa Cardui, Elsie Chapman, Kate Heartfield, S.L. Huang, Tyler Keevil, Matthew Kressel, Rich Larson, Tonya Liburd, Karin Lowachee, Seanan McGuire, Brent Nichols, Julie NovÁkovÁ, Heather Osborne, Sarah Raughley, Alex Shvartsman, Amanda Sun, Jeremy Szal, Hayden Trenholm, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Christie Yant & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
With An Introduction byEric Choi & Gillian Clinton
Edited bySusan Forest & Lucas K. Law
The other anthologies in this series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise) 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 Shades Within Us
". . . addresses issues surrounding migration and borders at a very poignant moment in history . . . despite being speculative, many of these stories read like they were ripped from present-day headlines . . . this collection do a great job of asking readers not only to reflect on their own lives but also to consider the lives of others." —Booklist (American Library Association)
“An engaging collection of poignant travel through time and space. Highly recommended for its breadth of stories that look at having to leave home-or discover it.” —Library Journal
“An intriguing addition to short story collections.” —School Library Journal
"With each story, the authors expand their settings and reality into a universe of broader potential to make sense of the tensions that plague the twenty-first century. Even as they represent foreign existences, the problems remain the same—family, love, belonging, identity, survival . . . take a fresh approach to their subjects and conjure terrifying futures brought on by climate change, greed, and corruption of power. Political and daring, this collection adds to the future imagined by Philip K. Dick, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, and Aldous Huxley." —Foreword Reviews
". . . Shades Within Us is a timely collection that invites us to ask whether we still do (or still should) live in a space of national borders and national definitions of identity.
Daniel Fisher is about to discover he's one of the Thirty Six, a group of hidden saints who can create and destroy worlds with their actions. When Ashmedai, king of demons, abducts Daniel and carries him to the hell realm of Gehinnom, Daniel learns that Mashit – queen of demons – plans to murder the Thirty Six, collapsing the universe and killing everyone in it.
To save Earth from destruction Daniel must fight his way through a pandemonium of demons and court the aid of mysterious nomadic warriors. And though Ashmedai says he wants to help, the demon king may have plans of his own.
Praise for King of Shards
"Surreal and exotic...Scary, exhilarating fun!"
–N.K. Jemisin, Hugo award-winning author of The Fifth Season.
"A radical reinvention of faith and folklore, not to mention the portal fantasy...majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness."
"An imaginative, intelligent, and soaring debut...A hell of lot of fun." -
–Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World
"A robustly imagined fantasy world... pleasingly unpredictable. His skill at extrapolating traditional religious lore into the stuff of fantasy bodes well for future books in the series."
"In this prismatic tale of demons, righteous warriors, and multiple universes, Kressel plumbs the depths of Kabbalistic lore to create a unique fantasy cosmos... [An] engaging new epic fantasy."
–The Huffington Post
"With surprising twists and a deep and detailed universe, King of Shards, the first in a trilogy, is likely to be remembered."
–Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog
"With King of Shards, Kressel threads portal adventure through ancient mythos. His demons and demi-gods and his very human (or mostly human) characters have to work their way through the terrifying, violent, and often beautiful alternate planes he's built using his incredible imagination and traditional and Apocryphal knowledge as a tableau. You will emerge transformed."
— Fran Wilde, author of Updraft
"[A] fascinating first novel...King of Shards is the first entry of the Worldmender Trilogy, and its use of Hebrew culture and legend to build a complex, dynamic setting serves to imbue every page with an epic mythos. Kressel presents a compelling alternate reality that readers can escape to while also pondering the nature of what is real."
"Kressel's rich landscapes sing with ancient resonance by the light of modern flair. He weaves compelling tradition with innovative high Fantasy; culture and creativity become foundations for new myths featuring heroes built to shine."
–Leanna Renee Hieber, award-winning author of the Strangely Beautiful saga
"A gripping trek across a unique desert world rich with Kabbalah-inspired magic and vivid demons builds to a whirlwind climax."
–Scott H. Andrews, Hugo and World Fantasy Award-nominated editor of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Magazine
"This novel shakes the foundations of everyday reality, and the ensuing chaos is pure pleasure.
Introduction by Neil Clarke
Passage of Earth by Michael Swanwick
Mystic Falls by Robert Reed
Weather by Susan Palwick
Human Strandings and the Role of the Xenobiologist by Thoraiya Dyer
A Gift in Time by Maggie Clark
Never Dreaming (In Four Burns) by Seth Dickinson
Wine by Yoon Ha Lee
The Cuckoo by Sean Williams
Five Stages of Grief After the Alien Invasion by Caroline M. Yoachim
Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
And Wash Out by Tides of War by An Owomoyela
Tortoiseshell Cats Are Not Refundable by Cat Rambo
Grave of the Fireflies by Cheng Jingbo
Bonfires in Anacostia by Joseph Tomaras
Stone Hunger by N. K. Jemisin
The Contemporary Foxwife by Yoon Ha Lee
Suteta Mono de wa Nai by Juliette Wade
The Saint of the Sidewalks by Kat Howard
Daedalum, the Devil’s Wheel by E. Lily Yu
The Rose Witch by James Patrick Kelly
The Creature Recants by Dale Bailey
Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy by Xia Jia
Of Alternate Adventures and Memory by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
wHole by Robert Reed
Pepe by Tang Fei
The Eleven Holy Numbers of the Mechanical Soul by Natalia Theodoridou
Bits by Naomi Kritzer
Communion by Mary Anne Mohanraj
The Aftermath by Maggie Clark
Water in Springtime by Kali Wallace
Soul's Bargain by Juliette Wade
The Symphony of Ice and Dust by Julie Novakova
Migratory Patterns of Underground Birds by E. Catherine Tobler
Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions of Data Points by JY Yang
Autodidact by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
Morrigan in the Sunglare by Seth Dickinson
The Clockwork Soldier by Ken Liu
The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye by Matthew Kressel
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