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About Ed Ahern
Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He’s had nearly two hundred poems and stories published so far, and three books. His collected fairy and folk tales, The Witch Made Me Do It, a novella, The Witches’ Bane, and his collected fantasy stories, Capricious Visions. He works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of five review editors.
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Superbly crafted tales of science fiction and fantasy from around the world. Previously unpublished short stories that will take you to new realms, experience mystic sorcery, meet strange creatures, travel through time and visit distant galaxies! Turn the pages and let your journey begin today.
In this issue:
FROSTFIRE—James Edward O’Brien
Mystery, murder, conspiracy and, of course, magic all await you in this intricate tale.
COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION—Calvin Demmer
Humankind is always trying to enhance the world around itself, but does it ever stop and ask if it should?
The problem with time travel is this: if you actually ended up changing something, would you be able to tell?
LOST SOULS—Ben Howels
Humans believe that they are the only species afflicted with drug addiction. They are wrong. Just ask a demon.
THE RELUCTANT PIRATE—Tom Howard
We don’t always choose to live the life we lead, especially when life sets us on a path of intergalactic piracy.
FINDING PURPOSE—Daniel Swindlehurst
The tricky thing about an Artificial Intelligence is that once unleashed, you never know what its endgame will be.
SEASON’S GREETINGS—Edward Ahern
’tis the season to be visited by something strange…
BITTER PILL—James A. Conan
Have you ever considered the medical perils of living on another world?
WAKE UP, MR. CHEN—Kenneth A. Rupp
When it comes to corporate scientific experimentation, there is a point when you stop being an employee and actually become part of the experiment.
DAMSEL IN DISTRESS—L.S. Engler
The most important part of going on an adventurous quest is to make sure that you pay attention to all the details before departing...
CIRCLING THE BRAIN—Brian Koukol
If you think life is difficult, try living it as a disembodied head for a while.
COVER ART: Carol Heyer
Issue 4 features another ten stories from award-winning and new writers from around the world, and marks the end of the publication's first year.
The Shell, by Jon Wallace
Automatic Diamanté, by Philip A. Suggars
Foreclosing on the House of God, by Andrew Wilmot
Motherhood, by Elana Gomel
A Weekend with Malume, by Tom Learmont
Beer, Wine & Spirits, by Jon Etter
Birthmark, by Himanshu Goel
Jump Cut, by Lauren C. Teffeau
Caveat emptor/Caveat venditor, by Edward Ahern, and
The Extractor, by Corbett Buchly.
Best Beloved, have you ever wondered why the whale has such a small throat? Why the elephant has such a long nose? Why cats are such jerks? In 1902, Rudyard Kipling answered these questions in a collection of fables explaining the whys and wherefores of the world in whimsical ways. Kipling answered many of life’s questions, but there are so many more questions to be answered.
How did time learn to be bedtime? Who found the letters of the alphabet, and first minded P and Q? Why does gravity hold us so tight? Why do ducks have such silly voices? How did the firefly receive her flame?
Nicole Petit gathered nine stories to answer these questions, and more, from some of the very best of today’s authors. Additionally, she includes one of Rudyard Kipling’s rarely seen Just So Stories (omitted from most editions), and his all the more rarely seen introduction.
HOW THE READER BOUGHT THE BOOK
In the days when everyone sought books to read, O Best Beloved, there was a reader ‘sclusively interested in Fairy Tales. ‘Member, it wasn’t Mystery Tales or Magic Tales or Dragon Tales, but the ‘sclusively rich, glimmering, jubilationy Fairy Tales.
After a long time—things went for ever so long in those days—the reader found this very book, O Best Beloved, Just So Stories. Opening the pages—why these stories were the most ‘sclusively rich, glimmering, jubilationy Fairy Tales of all.
The reader bought the book. And from that day to this, the reader has loved Just So Stories best of all.
*A unlucky cult that just can’t catch a break in their efforts to please the Elder Gods
*A new hire trying to survive an office where the HR is full of headhunters, literally.
*A super villain who gets unwanted attention from a love-struck hero
* An irritated Lord of Hell whose hundred-year absence has left him a little behind the times
*A college student who finds his fear of the dark may be warranted
From humorous to horrific and everything in between, this selection of tales is certain to make any day look a little bit better.
You would never believe the broken down salt who moves from ship to ship, never staying long, was once the mile-high marvel Alfred Bulltop Stormalong. Nor would you believe John Paul Jones caught the attention of a spirit of the ocean, a spirit out to collect her due two hundred years later. Nor would you even stop to question the impossibility of a tree nymph's troubles with otherkin, the scraps of belief a ha'penny goddess must subsist on, or just how far into the past Dracula's history stretches.
No, you wouldn't believe a word of it.
Featuring stories by Dale W. Glaser, Wm. Bernan, Elizabeth Hopkinson, Marc Sorondo, L.T. Patridge, Owen Kerr, Edward Ahern, Ken MacGregor, and Ro McNulty.
You can tell a lot about a dragon by their hoard.
Not the shiny one, the other one. The one where they keep their favorite things. Some dragons keep a private stash of dwarven-wrought artifices, and others tapestries that run from wall-to-wall and corner-to-corner. The Dragon Lord himself has a library. A library that devours halls and caves, filling them with every kind of book and codex and scroll.
These are the stories that fill his favorite shelf. Of course they’re his favorites—they’re all about dragons. Pull these stories down. Breath in the vanilla scent that only comes from the oldest books. Savor the writing. Trace your fingers over the calligraphy.
Welcome to the finest library ever known.
Featuring stories by Patricia S. Bowne, Shawn Hossein Mansouri, Silas Green, Rose Taylor, Edward Ahern, Elizabeth Hopkinson, Gregg Chamberlain, Liam Hogan, Sylvia Downes, and Sue Pettit.
Edward Ahern, Adam L. Bealby, Sammi Cox, Laura Fanning, Benjamin Fine, Anna-Alexander Luetic, Jenean McBrearty, Madeline McEwen, Jeremiah Murphey, Kathleen Murphey, DJ Tyrer, Ryan Warrick, Matthew Wilson and Evelyn M. Zimmer.
Zimbell House Publishing is committed to helping writers become quality authors.
Issue One revolves around transformation: children who mutate their parents with their drawings, a missionary who melds minds, a hoarder who shifts reality with origami, a seductive sasquatch who can appear male or female, a man whose voice has the power to heal or kill, and more. Stories by Elizabeth Hand, Michael Wehunt, Nisi Shawl, Andrew S. Fuller, Eileen Gunn, Barry King, Zoe Fowler, J. August __, and Edward Ahern.
Zimbell House Publishing is commited to showcasing new American voices.