— THE CURIOSITIES: a collection of stories.
A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck.
Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing.
A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).
These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction.
But The Curiosities is more than the stories. Since 2008, Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff have posted more than 250 works of short fiction to their website merryfates.com. Their goal was simple: create a space for experimentation and improvisation in their writing—all in public and without a backspace key. In that spirit, The Curiosities includes the stories and each author’s comments, critiques, and kudos in the margins. Think of it as a guided tour of the creative processes of three acclaimed authors.
So, are you curious now?
DEFY THE DARK, edited by Saundra Mitchell
Featuring 17 stories by critically-acclaimed and bestselling YA authors, DEFY THE DARK will take a look at things that can only happen in the dark.
Contemporary, genre, these stories will explore every corner of our world- and so many others. And, there will also be a special surprise inside to be announced soon!
Are you brave enough to defy the dark?
Coming Summer 2013 from Harper Teen. For more, visit the anthology website!
My story is called “This Was Ophelia” and is about madness, cross-dressing, and love.
—GRIM: An Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales, edited by Christine Johnson.
Coming Winter 2014 from Harlequin Teen.
Details and cover TBA.
—WEREWOLVES AND SHAPESHIFTERS: Encounters with the Beasts Within, edited by John Skipp.
Werewolves and shapeshifters have morphed into the latest pop culture stars. This mind-bending collection includes thirty-two new and classic stories from the best writers in the genre
Werewolves and shapeshifters are the latest literary craze following vampires and zombies. The phenomenal success of the Twilight series, and the blockbuster movies that followed, has spawned a new obsession with these supernatural beings. From John Skipp, the master of horror, comes this definitive collection of thirty-two classic and new stories, written by favorites of the genre including George R.R. Martin, Charlaine Harris, Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Gaiman, H.P. Lovecraft, Joe R. Lansdale, Angela Carter, David J. Schow, Kathe Koja, Bentley Little, and more. Skipp provides fascinating insight and details, through two nonfiction essays, into the history and presence of shape shifting in popular culture. Resources at the end of the book include lists of the genre’s best long-form fiction, as well as movies, websites, and writers.
My story is called “The Cold that Flays the Skin” and is about a boy whose face changes every winter.
CORSETS AND CLOCKWORK: 13 Steampunk Romances, edited by Trisha Telep
Dark, urban fantasies come to life in the newest collection of Steampunk stories, Corsets & Clockwork. Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers, each individual story perfectly balancing historical and fantastical elements. Throw in epic romances that transcend time, and this trendy, engrossing anthology is sure to become another hit for the fast-growing Steampunk genre!
This collection features some of the hottest writers in the teen genre, including: Ann Aguirre, Jaclyn Dolamore, Tessa Gratton, Frewin Jones, Caitlin Kittredge, Adrienne Kress, Lesley Livingston, Dru Pagliassotti, Dia Reeves, Michael Scott, Maria V. Snyder, Tiffany Trent, and Kiersten White.
My story is called “The King of Greenlight City,” about a dark wizard, a boy who can fly, and the girl trapped between them.
TALES FROM THE FAR WEST, edited by T.S. Luikart and Gareth-Michael Skarka
A fantasy world that mixes the inspirations of Django and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon… The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and House of Flying Daggers… Fistful of Dollars and Fist of Legend.
A fantasy world that’s explored through a book series, a constantly-updated website, a tabletop role-playing game, comics, artwork, webseries and much, much, more.
This is FAR WEST.
My story is called “Paper Lotus.”