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CHIRAL MAD 4, the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated anthology co-edited by Lucy A. Snyder and Michael Bailey, is BookBub-ing, and flying off digital shelves at Amazon, B&N, and Kobo. Snag it while you can for next to nothing. The hardback is also heavy-discounted at some places. This promotion ends 01/15/2020.

The anthology includes:

“Somewhere Between the Mundane and the Miraculous” (Introduction) by Gary A. Braunbeck & Janet Harriett
“How We Broke” by Bracken MacLeod & Paul Michael Anderson
“Fade to Null” by Brian Keene & Daniele Serra
“Asperitas” by Kristopher Triana & Chad Stroup
“Home and Hope Both Sound a Little Bit Like ‘Hunger'” by Seanan McGuire & Jennifer Brozek
“Golden Sun” by Kristi DeMeester, Richard Thomas, Damien Angelica Walters & Michael Wehunt
“The Substance of Belief” by Elizabeth Massie & Marge Simon
“The Ghost of the Bayou Pitenn” by James Chambers, Jason Whitley & Christopher Mills
“The Long and the Short of It” by Erinn L. Kemper & F. Paul Wilson
“The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward” by Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear
“Sudden Sanctuary” by Glen Krisch, Orion Zangara & Matt Stockwell
“Peregrination” by Chesya Burke & LH Moore
“Ghost Drawl” by Erik T. Johnson & J. Daniel Stone
“Detritus Girl” by P. Gardner Goldsmith & Valerie Marcley
“Wolf at the Door” by Maurice Broaddus & Anthony R. Cardno
“Firedance” by Jack Ketchum & Glenn Chadbourne
“In Her Flightless Wings, A Fire” by Emily Cataneo & Gwendolyn Kiste

AmazoneBook | trade paperback | hardcover. Also available in the UK, Canada, Australia, GermanyFranceItalySpainIndiaBrazilMexicoNetherlandsJapan, and  Kindle Unlimited where available.

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Come meet Eru, the two-trunked telepathic elephant!

Yes, Darren Speegle’s second novel, Artifacts, is now available. This is science-fantasy at its greatest, and the third book in the Allevon series of original illustrated trade paperbacks by Written Backwards. The book features black and white illustrations throughout by L.A. Spooner (see below for color variants) and an introduction by Gene O’Neill. Currently available on Amazon at the following links for easy finding, or simply search “Artifacts” and/or “Darren Speegle.”

In a far future Europe, following a four-thousand-year Dark Age, of which man retains little record or memory, a scroll is found in a train car deep within the snow and ice of Scandinavia, buried since the cataclysmic end of the First Age. The document, which contains a cryptic message meant for the world before it died, finds its way into the hands of Rein, an outpost bar hand who journeys across the continent seeking the relic’s translation.






Artifacts is only available in trade paperback; 290 pages; 8×5 format; priced reasonably at $10.95, or similar, depending on your currency.


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Gene O’Neill covers an immense spectrum of color in a post-apocalyptic vision of California in The Near Future, the third book in The Cal Wild Chronicles. Book 3 is illustrated throughout by the wonderful Orion Zangara (illustrator for the entire series), and features an introduction by rising star Meghan Arcuri, whose short fiction can be found in various publications, including the first and third volumes of Chiral Mad.


A meta-novel of sorts, part three of The Cal Wild Chronicles collects some of Gene’s most memorable fiction, cohesively connecting stories such as “The Armless Conductor,” which was published over thirty years ago in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, to Doc Good’s Travelling Show, a Bram Stoker Award nominated novella, and “Coyote Gambit.”
Tying these stories together are completely new chapters of Cal Wild, such as a new short story, “Return of the Ice Man,” as well as a new novelette, Mohave Transfer, and a new novella, The Scarlet Man, in which the lives of colorful DP’s, or Dyed People, cross paths as they try to survive a world left in ruin.
Gene O’Neill masterfully blends decades of literary creation in this penultimate book of a genre-building series that may one day be called his magnum opus of his speculative work. Horror, fantasy, and science fiction collide with unforgiving, unflinching abandon as The Near Future of Cal Wild draws closer to The Far Future.
So pick up a copy of The Near Future to help complete your set. If you need to catch up, feel free to order a copy of the first book in the series, The Confessions of St. Zach, or the second, The Burden of Indigo, and stay tuned for the final book in this epic series, The Far Future … in the not so distant future.