Hero's Best Friend

How far would Gandalf have gotten without Shadowfax? Where would the Vault Dweller be without Dogmeat? And could the Beastmaster have been the Beastmaster without his fuzzy allies? Animal companions are more than just sidekicks. Animals can be heroes, too!

Found within are twenty stories of heroic action that focuses on the furries and scalies who have long been the unsung heroes pulling their foolish human buddies out of the fire, and often at great sacrifice—from authors both established and new, including Frank Creed, S. H. Roddey, and Steven S. Long.

Includes my short story "The Emerald Mage," as well as stories by Joy Ward, Frank Creed, Cassie Schau, Steven Donahue, Jason Cordova, Herika R. Raymer, Essel Pratt, Lisa Hawkridge, S. H. Roddey, Steven S. Long, Laura Anne Ewald, Cindy Koepp, Ian Hunter, Steven Grassie, David Wright, Nick Bryan, Lillian Csernica & Kevin Andrew Murphy, Douglas J. Ogurek, and Sheila Deeth. Edited by Scott M. Sandridge.

Published by Seventh Star Press. Order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.



Five Fortunes

A fortune can be many things. A fortune is wealth, which you earn through hard work, win by chance, steal by cunning, or lose through tragedy. Good fortune smiles upon some and makes life easy, while ill fortune curses others to walk lonely, bitter roads. A fortune can be your fate foretold with cards, predetermined by the stars, or read in tea leaves and portents. Here you will find a mix of all such fortunes and the stories of five fates determined by chance or divined by purpose.

One man will remake himself into a rabbit to forge a new life. A lioness will pursue her desire to be a hunter at all costs. A wolf will struggle against her nature, only to find that even counting money can be dangerous. A cat will fall in love with a dog, and both will find that means more than anyone could imagine. And a Caitian will journey across the stars in the hope of escaping the misfortunes of his life.

Each tale explores how a fortune can change a life. How a person might change their destiny. How greed or simple bad luck can change everything. And above all, the lengths some will go to make themselves a new fortune.

Includes my novella "Huntress," as well as novellas by Phil Geusz, Watts Martin, Mary E. Lowd, and Bernard Doove. Edited by Fred Patten.

Published by FurPlanet. Order from their website.



Fictionvale Episode 1: Enter Fictionvale

"Fictionvale is a bi-monthly digital short story magazine for all genres of popular fiction. Our goal is to provide great stories across many popular genres. Short, quick reads you can finish while waiting in the doctor's office, or while hanging out at your kid's soccer practice, or while passing time in your underground bunker after the zombie apocalypse (okay, that one might be harder without electricity)."

Episode 1 includes my story "The Claw in Her Heart" as well as fiction from Richmond Weems, Kristin Dearborn, Natalie Duvall, Eric Esser, Branden Linley, Margaret Ethridge, Chris Daruns, C. R. Langille, A. Merc Rustad, and Colin Heintze.

Available direct from their website or from Amazon or Smashwords.


Trick or Treat

This anthology of Halloween-themed anthropomorphic fiction features two sections - "Tricks," filled with general/horror stories, and "Treats," with romantic/erotic stories. My story "Hellhound" appears in the "Tricks" section, along with fiction from Bill "Hafoc" Rogers, Ray "Stormcatcher" Curtone, Rechan, and Tarl "Voice" Hoch. The "Treats" section features work from Huskyteer, NightEyes DaySpring, Naomi Bellina, Whyte Yote, Roland Jovaik, and Ianus J. Wolf. Adult readers only.

Published by Rabbit Valley. Order here.



Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #58

This issue of the Australian sf/f magazine includes my story "The Spirit of Pinetop Inn," as well as stories by Annabel Acton, Marie Alafaci, Nigel Brown, Liz Colter, T. L. Fordwalker, Jennifer Lott, Pete Mawhinney, Robert J. McCarter, Ian McHugh, Simon Petrie, Steven Pirie, Robert Porteous, and Felicity Pulman, and poetry from Leslie J. Anderson, Brit Mandelo, and Alexandra Seidel.

Available from their website (in print and electronic formats).




For All Eternity: Tales of the Seven Deadly Sins

A prideful stance. A lying tongue. Hands that spill innocent blood. A heart that plots evil. Bodies engaging in ungodly mischief. Being a witness of deceit. Sowing discord for folly and fun. Superbia. Avaritia. Luxuria. Invidia. Gula. Ira. Acedia. The Seven Deadly Sins.

This collection of dark fiction includes my story "A Fragment of Shadow" as well as stories by Michael Beers, Die Booth, Marten Hoyle, Christian Larsen, Ken MacGregor, and Brandon French.

Published by Dark Opus Press. Available at Amazon.



Black Static #29

Called by Ellen Datlow "the most consistently excellent horror magazine published," Black Static features horror and dark fantasy from some of the finest horror writers working today and has twice won the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine. This issue includes my story "Horseman" as well as stories from Nina Allan, Ray Cluley, Tim Lees, and Baph Tripp. (Recommended for adult readers.)

Published by TTA Press. Order print and ebook formats at Amazon or get the ebook from Smashwords.



Six Impossible Things

A new father is visited by his childhood imaginary friend. A woman falls in love with a cartoon character. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse show up at a big-box retail chain. Sometimes humorous, often poignant, and always memorable, the six short stories in this collection may just make you believe impossible things.

This ebook includes my short stories "Childish Things," "Moon, June, Raccoon," "Norma the Wal-Mart Greeter Meets the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," "Swear Not By the Moon," "Drawn From Memory," and "The Garden".

Available free at Amazon and Smashwords.



By Sword and Star

"Prince Tiran of Silverglen may be heir to the throne of all Asteria, but he's always felt more at home among the villagers, no matter how many lectures he gets from his father. But when the elk-lord Roden slaughters the royal family and claims the throne, only Tiran is left to avenge their deaths and take his place as the rightful king. His journey will lead him from the shadowed heart of his forest home into the treetops with the squirrel-clan of the Drays, across the western plains, and among the mysterious and deadly wolves of the Northern Reach. With his allies' help, Tiran must become the king his people need him to be—or risk fulfilling an ancient prophecy that will spell the end of Asteria itself."

Recommended for teen and adult readers.

Published by Anthropomorphic Dreams Publishing. Order the paperback at Amazon or Lulu. Ebook versions are available in Kindle and EPUB formats.



Allasso Volume 1: Shame

"Allasso, a journal of anthropomorphic fiction, poetry, and art, brings together talents both within and outside of the furry fandom. This volume, Shame, gives room for works from both literary and pulp traditions with a single intent -- to explore the human condition through abstract means."

Includes my story "Best of Breed" (winner of the issue's Editor's Choice award) and stories from Mary E. Lowd, Justin Moore, Dwale, Tybalt Maxwell, Veronica Taylor, Lenowill, and Tristan MacAvery, as well as poetry and art from various contributors.

Published by Pink Fox Publications. Read the issue online or order a print copy at Amazon.



Real Dragons Don't Wear Sweaters

All Dinkums wants is to be a real dragon, a fierce crimson-scaled firebreather like the ones living in the northern caves. Instead, Dinkums is pink, fuzzy, and cute--until Skye, a teen witch bored by school and ready for a challenge, finds a way to transform him. But Dinkums and Skye are both about to learn that being real is more complicated than they bargained for.

A fantasy novelette available direct from the author via Smashwords or Amazon's Kindle store.




Bewere the Night

"Kitsune. Werewolves. Crane wives. Selkies. Every culture has stories of such strange creatures - animals turning into humans, humans shapeshifting into animals. Sometimes seductive, sometimes bloodthirsty, but always unpredictable like nature itself, these beings are manifestations of our secret hearts, our desire to belong to both worlds: one tame and civilized, the other unfettered and full of wild impulse. Here are stories that will make you wish you could howl at the moon until your heart bursts with longing or feel yourself shedding your human body as easily as a snake sheds its skin. Beware the night...it might not kill you, but it will certainly steal you away!"

Includes my story "Swear Not By the Moon," as well as stories from A.C. Wise, Holly Black, Justin Howe, Cherie Priest, Marissa Lingen, Richard Bowes, Erica Hildebrand, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Nick Mamatas, Maria V. Snyder, Jen White, Seth Cadin, Vandana Singh, Gwendolyn Clare, Stephanie Burgis, Lavie Tidhar, Leah Cutter, Mario Milosevic, Kaaron Warren, Elizabeth Hand, Carlos Hernandez, Michelle Muenzler, Sandra MacDonald, Genevieve Valentine, Marie Brennan, Nadia Bulkin, Aaron Sterns, and Carrie Laben.

Published by Prime Books. Order at Amazon.



ROAR Volume 3

"An hour, an eye-blink, a single night—

In a world where time flows steadily on, individual moments crystallize into the memories that define us, that we use to measure ourselves. At certain times our actions can change the course of an evening, or the rest of our lives.

In ROAR volume 3, ten authors explore the power a single moment can have in a life."

Includes my story "Drawn from Memory," as well as stories from Kevin Frane, John Robey, Kandrel, Marcus Reeve, Teiran, NightEyes DaySpring, Ben Goodridge, James Steele, and Jacob Staley.

Published by Bad Dog Books. Order at FurPlanet.



Different Worlds, Different Skins Volume 2

"What if humanity shared Earth with other sentient species? What would first contact with an alien race be like? What wonders or horrors could be wrought by our experiments to create new life-forms, both biologic and mechanical?

This continued anthology examines these ideas, showing humanity's interaction with the Other, in the form of anthropomorphic animals. The stories cover diverse genres, from science fiction and fantasy, to contemporary fables, exploring themes of race and culture and the endless possibilities of the human condition."

Includes my stories "Swear Not By the Moon," "At the Bridge," "Transformation," and "A Winter's Work." Also features stories from Earl Bacon, Cebelius, Austen Crowder, Seth Drake, Phil Geusz, G.F.D., Jason Gillespie, Graveyard Greg, Saia Kferr, Paul Lucas, Annette C. Miller, Brian Miller, Benjamin "eSca" Reed, Ryx, Will A. Sanborn, James Steele, Stephen Soliz, Tim Susman, Phillip Velasquez, Viergacht, and Wirewolf.

Published by Anthropomorphic Dreams Publishing. Order at Amazon. PDF version also available from Lulu.



Different Worlds, Different Skins

"What if humanity shared Earth with other sentient species? What would first contact with an alien race be like? What wonders or horrors could be wrought by our experiments to create new life-forms, both biologic and mechanical?

This anthology examines these ideas, showing humanity's interaction with the Other, in the form of anthropomorphic animals. The stories cover diverse genres, from science fiction and fantasy, to historical fiction and contemporary fables, exploring themes of race and culture and the endless possibilities of the human condition."

Includes my stories "Moon, June, Raccoon," "Field Trip," and "Susan's Ark: Where the Heart Is." Also features stories from Michael Bard, Austen Crowder, Bernard Doove, Seth Drake, William Eakins, Lanny Fields, Phil Geusz, Jason Gillespie, Chris Goodwin, Searska Grey Raven, Stefan Kaiser, James R. Lane, Alan Loewen, Paul Lucas, Eric Luhman, Brian Miller, Ken Pick, J. Scott Rogers, Will A. Sanborn, Kris Schnee, Sean Silva, Tim Susman, and Wookie.

Published by Anthropomorphic Dreams Publishing. Order at Amazon. PDF version also available from Lulu.




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