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About Samantha Bryant
She's a fan of Charlotte Brontë, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Neil Gaiman, Nicole Perlman, and Joss Whedon, among many others. She would like to be Amy Tan when she grows up, but so far it doesn't look like she'll be growing up any time soon.
Samantha writes blogs, poems, essays, and novels. Mostly she writes about things that scare or worry her. It's cheaper than therapy. Someday, she hopes to make her living solely as a writer. In the meantime, she also teaches middle school Spanish, which, admittedly, is an odd choice for money-earning, especially in North Carolina.
When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything).
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Featuring anchor stories by award winning authors Sheree Renée Thomas, Craig L. Gidney, Milton Davis, Jessica Cage, Michele Tracy Berger, Alicia McCalla, Jeff Carroll, and Steven Van Patten.
Additional Contributing Authors: Penelope Flynn, Lynette Hoag, Steve Van Samson, Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald, Balogun Ojetade, Valjeanne Jeffers, Samantha Bryant, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Miranda J. Riley, K.R.S. McEntire, Alledria Hurt, Kai Leakes, John Linwood Grant, Sumiko Saulson, Dicey Grenor, L. Marie Wood, LH Moore, Delizhia D. Jenkins, Colin Cloud Dance, and V.G. Harrison.
Up in the attic, a bedtime story outlives its storyteller.
A city boy visits his country cousins and stumbles on a terrifying family secret.
From a film set in the Arizona desert, to an overgrown rambling old house in the Florida swamps, to the dusty streets of a small Mexican town, the stories in this volume plunge the reader into the shadows of a world almost forgotten by modern fables of cold science and bright sunlight. They are the brushed over voices who call a warning to those who would comfort themselves in the thought that monsters aren’t real, and those things can’t happen here. Stories We Tell After Midnight Volume 2 offers up tales of revenge, of hunger, and of the horror that stalks you just beyond the glow of your cell phone light, but only to those who dare turn the page…
*Table of Contents*
Bedtime Tales ~ Nicola Lombardi / trans. J. Weintraub
Baby Gray ~ Gregory L. Norris
Iron Teeth ~ Jude Reid
Victoria ~ Jay Caselberg
Family Line ~ Michele Tracy Berger
Primary Manifestations ~ Laura E. Price
Cameraman ~ Joe Scipione
Seek, Don't Hide ~ Liam Hogan
Hey Diddle Diddle ~ Jeff Samson
The Cleaning Lady ~ Samantha Bryant
Whisper Wood ~ Eddie Generous
Last Shot ~ Tim Jeffreys
False Confession ~ Joseph Rubas
The Curse of the Cucuy ~ Pedro Iniguez
The Cut-Mouth Woman and Me ~ Elizabeth Davis
(and I feel fine) ~ EJ Sidle
Mouths to Feed ~Solange Hommel
Red Rover, Red Rover ~ Larina Warnock
Cell Phone Lights ~ T.M. Starnes
Lamina ~ Eliza Master
The Terrible Teddies ~ Priya Sridhar
The Thing All These Relationships Have in Common Is You ~ DeAnna Knippling
Field Trip ~ J.L. Knight
The Bugs Come Out at Night ~ Mike Sullivan
"Dating Games" by Marion George Harmon
On a date that goes bad, Astra discovers helpers she didn't know she had.
"Underestimated" by Samantha Bryant
Sure, go ahead and underestimate Suzie Grayson just because she's petite, young, blonde, and cute--that's just what she's counting on.
"The Henchman’s Apprentice" by Stephen T. Brophy
'Handcannon' LaRue's henching career kicks off in Guatemala, where he makes his first kill and takes his first interdimensional drug trip.
"Sun-Kissed" by Ian Thomas Healy
Hawaiian superhero Akamai thought he had it made . . . until the kid showed up.
"Secrets in the Sands" by Michael Ivan Lowell
Sidekicks Spider Wasp and Stealth are sent to solve a mystery that, if they can keep their minds off of each other, they might even survive.
"Minor League" by Jim Zoetewey
Two young heroes try to survive the villain who beat them when they were sidekicks.
"Heroes Don’t Retire" by Nicholas Ahlhelm
A former teenage hero comes out of retirement only to face a deadly new threat and the return of her former partner's greatest regret.
"Unmasked" by T. Mike McCurley
Voltage thought he could handle anything that the Gifted world could throw at him . . . until he had to explain his heroic life to his mother.
"Gemini Rescue" by Caine Dorr
A professional rescue turns deadly for Rion
when the client terminates the contract.
. . . And more!
Be sure to check out the work by all these individual authors as well.
“The Change” is difficult for everyone, but for these four women, the transformation is bigger than they ever imagined!
They all led completely normal, and completely different lives, with two things in common: they used natural products made by the same small company, and they were all going through menopause. Now instead of finding her hot flashes under control, Helen shoots fire from her fingertips! Patricia’s thick skin isn’t nearly as metaphorical as it used to be – now she’s bulletproof! Jessica’s mood lightened, but so did the rest of her! And Linda’s gone through the biggest changes of all, but she doesn’t have any trouble opening the pickle jar anymore!
Four ordinary women suddenly living extraordinary lives, with one common thread – there’s one person in common in all their lives. Now the Menopausal Superheroes are looking for the woman responsible for taking their “change” to the extreme!
In a year where nobody can go anywhere, nine authors take you to near futures, far-off worlds, the heights of passion and the depths of terror. But whether you're stuck in a time loop, caught in a haunted house, or a small-time author fresh out of cold storage, there's one thing you can't escape:
That shadow in the rearview, far behind, but forever gaining...
Then came their dastardly opponents in The Good Fight 2: Villains.
The heroes found help in The Good Fight 3: Sidekicks.
Now The Pen & Cape Society returns with The Good Fight 4: Homefront. Ever wonder how superheroes spend their lives when they're not battling villains and rescuing the helpless? Explore the private lives of superheroes when they're not out fighting to save the world in this anthology of stories written by some of the best authors working in the superhero fiction genre. Stories by Nicholas Ahlhelm, Stephen T. Brophy, Samantha Bryant, Frank Byrns, Shielding Cournoyer, Adrienne Dellwo, Warren Hately, Ian Thomas Healy, T. Mike McCurley, Christofer Nigro, Palladian, Scott A. Story, and Jim Zoetewey.
to document its end the best way we know
and if that means a second by second update
of the world going up in flames, or down in rain, or crushed under the feet of invading monsters
so be it."
-- Shivangi Narain
No one understands an apocalypse like the people who have experienced it. Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-three tales of people who have seen the world end. These accounts range from irreverent to surreal to heartbreaking. Zombies share space with global wars, superviruses, canned peaches, and the death of the sun.
Included in this collection are Rhoads Brazos, Samantha Bryant, Garrett Croker, Nathan Crowder, Matthew R. Davis, Kate Elizabeth, Mathew Allan Garcia, Sylvia Heike, B. T. Joy, Herb N. Legend, Samuel Marzioli, Mary Mascari, Nick Nafpliotis, Shivangi Narain, Brandon Nolta, Alexis J. Reed, Natalie Satakovski, J. C. Stearns, Charity Tahmaseb, Nicole Tanquary, Kristopher Triana, Dusty Wallace, MJ Wesolowski, and Caroline M. Yoachim. Includes art by Errow Collins, Amanda Jones, Shannon Legler, and Luke Spooner.
In a world of shadows, joyful colours are an act of heroism.
Modern tales are filled with clowns who invoke fear not laughter: painted grins covering fanged maws; baggy costumes concealing unspeakable horrors; malevolent parodies of nature.
But the tools of a clown work for good as well as ill: only a trickster could tweak a monster’s nose; make-up is war paint for the modern age; the devil cannot tempt a happy soul.
What if, instead of being the demons of urban legend, clowns were the victims or the heroes of the story?
An entertainer discovers his latest booking is filled with clowns but no children.
A group of ageing clowns seek their Priest-King before the divine is lost from the world forever.
Yorrick’s apprentice shares the truth behind the death of Shakespeare’s most famous clown.
And ten more stories of clowns facing the supernatural.
Being a Menopausal Superhero doesn’t stop when the novels stop, and this collection of novellas and short stories takes you behind and between the books to dive deeper into the world of Patricia the Lizard Woman, Fuerte, Flygirl, and even Dr. Cindy Liu!
These aren’t your father’s superheroes. Whether you’re already a fan or are just meeting these characters for the first time, the menopausal superhero series explores what it means to be a hero at any age or stage of life. Go behind the cape with familiar character and new heroes in these interlude novellas and stories.
This volume includes –
The Good Will Tour - Hero life is not all fistfights and mad scientists. Even superheroes need good press, especially when the world hasn't decided whether superpowers are a blessing or...something else.
Flygirl and Fuerte's next stop on the Unusual Cases Unit's Good Will Tour is Springfield Women's Hospital, a place close to Flygirl's heart and a place redefined for Fuerte by his change. Autographs and gladhanding ought to be a cakewalk.
But when Evelyn Mueller arrives, the PR tour gets quite a shakeup. Pushed to the limit by her wife’s cancer diagnosis and denial of experimental treatment, Evelyn shoves back. Will Evelyn find the hero she needs, even if it's not the one she expected?
Friend or Foe - Patricia O’Neill never asked to be a hero. But when her best friend’s experiments transformed her into the Lizard Woman of Springfield, she answered the call alongside the other victims. Going Through the Change was only the beginning. The menopausal superheroes wanted answers, but getting them didn’t solve their problems and now their secrets are out.
Dr. Cindy Liu never considered if she should do something--only if she could. Now that the consequences of her work have her on the run, she’s forced into an uneasy alliance with a ghost from her past, if only to save herself.
The chase is on in this between-the-novels story. When your worst enemy used to be your best friend, the battle rages inside and out.
Through Thick and Thin - Hidden in the space between chapters lurk other stories—what came before and after, and meanwhile—and the other sides of the stories, including the part our heroines didn’t know. This collection peeks around those corners of the Menopausal Superhero series.
Through Thick and Thin will get you up close and personal with your favorites. Fuerte wasn't always Fuerte—or male. It’s confession time in "Coming Out as Leonel." Join Patricia, the Lizard Woman, as she unravels the puzzle of Dr. Cindy Liu's disappearance in "The Right Thing," and then see her softer side (and her "better half," Suzie) in "Underestimated." Get ready for a wedding, and a heroic rescue, in "Flygirl's Second Chance."
For over forty years, Stephen King has been one of the biggest names in literature and popular culture.
In 2013, author and Constant Reader Chad A. Clark embarked on a journey, not of miles but of pages and words, reading all of Stephen King's works. Every book and short story, in the order they were released.
What lies between these covers are his reflections along the way, the search for inspiration in a style of writing that has evolved over all this time. A trip from Castle Rock to the depths of Derry. From the Blasted Lands to the farthest reaches of Mid-World.
For all of us who have been lost in many a King book and pined for the chance to look him in the eyes and say, "We thank you."
With an introduction by Richard Chizmar and tons of guest reviews, this book is over 400 pages of pure King fandom. Get your copy now!