As much as possible, here are the anthologies I’ve had work in. They’re roughly in the order of appearance. All the links are to Amazon as that’s the only site I know of that has these books available, besides direct from the publisher.
Nightbird Singing in the Dead of Night, edited by Jeff Dennis, Nightbird Publishing 2009.
Dark fiction anthology. Amazon.
River, edited by Alma Alexander. Dark Quest Press 2011.
“When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.” —Leonardo daVinci
It begins. Somewhere. An insignificant trickle of water.
And it changes.
And it grows up, and gathers a history, and finds its way into atlases and maps, until it finally reaches the sea, and vanishes into its vastness.
You might think it of no importance. That it does not matter. But you follow where it leads…
Rivers have always been very important to humankind. They’ve been explored. They’ve been navigated. They’ve been called gods. They’ve been blessed and cursed and venerated and used and enjoyed and exploited and polluted since the beginning of recorded history.
They’ve been sung about and dreamed about and followed on epic journeys of discovery. They capitals of empires have risen on the banks of rivers – and so have a thousand fishing villages, and river landings, and water mills.
There is only one River. Really. And it’s all of them. Every river is dfferent – and yet they’re all the same, vast and full of life and death and mystery and history and adventure and quiet dreams.
Full of life. Full of mystery. Full of stories.
Zombiefied: An Anthology of All Things Zombie, edited by Carol Hightshoe. Sky Warrior Books 2011.
Story: “Slow Dancing in 3/4 Zombie Time”
Zombie crime fighters, politicians, soldiers, rescuers—but a Zombie prom date or bowler? If you’re looking for Zombies, prepare to be ZOMBIEFIED! Two dozen amazing zombie stories sure to breathe life back into the Undead. If you’re looking for stories that shamble, groan, and eat brains, you’re sure to become ZOMBIEFIED.
Gears and Levers 1, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford. Sky Warrior Books 2012
Story: “Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t”
A Quest for the Mind and Soul Come, my friends, adventure and romance awaits in worlds that never were but should have been. Magic and science blend together as Gears and Levers explores the quest for all that makes up humanity. Battle pirates, travel back in time, fly in dirigibles, explore the wonders of the Orient, and walk with automatons in twenty amazing tales set in Steampunk lands by masterful storytellers such as David D. Levine, Brenda Clough, Mark J. Ferrari, Irene Radford, K.L. Townsend, David Lee Summers, Shannon Page, Bruce Taylor, among others.
How Beer Saved the World, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford. Sky Warrior Books 2013
Story: “Beer Goes to War”
And on the Eighth Day God Created Beer.
Beer is what separates humans from animals… unless you have too much.
Seriously, anthropologists, archeologists, and sociologists seem to think that when humans first emerged on earth as human, they possessed fire, language, a sense of spirituality, and beer.
Within these pages are quirky, silly, and downright strange stories sure to delight and entertain the ardent beer lover by authors such as Brenda Clough, Irene Radford, Mark J. Ferrari, Shannon Page, Nancy Jane Moore, Frog and Esther Jones, G. David Nordley, and many more!
Trust and Treachery, edited by Day Al-Mohamed and Meriah Crawford. Dark Quest Books 2014
Story: “Live Free or Die”
“This anthology contains some extraordinary stories that will linger in your mind long after you close the book’s cover. The contributors to this anthology explore the delicate dance between trust and treachery across a sweeping variety of genres, time periods, and universes. What happens when you’re betrayed by the person you should be able to trust above all others? The one you love. Maybe even the one who has promised to love, honor, and cherish you. Or even the person who gave you life. What happens when you’re betrayed by the supposedly benevolent institutions that are supposed to protect you? Your government. Your ruler. Your god. What if it’s your own mind that you can no longer trust? Read on and find out!” – Bestselling author Donna Andrews, winner of the Agatha, Anthony, Lefty, and other awards.
First Contact Cafe, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford. Sky Warrior Press 2015
There are rules for first contact with aliens. And a place to meet aliens where the rules are enforced. Simple things like avoiding smelly bodily emissions, even if your race considers them a compliment, and complicated things like not asking another race if they are edible.
Feel free to read up on the rules of the First Contact Cafe, then pull up a bar stool, or a pool of sludge, have a drink of beer or get high on methane, and plan your next trade deal, a compelling con, or find a mate compatible to your DNA. But whatever you do, don’t piss off the bartender. Your prosperity, or your demise belongs in her hands. She owns the First Contact Café, and your soul.
Tales from an Alien Campfire, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford. Knotted Road Press 2015
People have loved to go camping in the great outdoors ever since our ancestors escaped the great outdoors to discover the joys of indoor living.
Here, twelve veterans of the camping experience, both seasoned and new authors, present tales born in the woods, home grown around the campfire in the oldest of storytelling tradition.
Join in as they tell their tales, some serious and some silly. Stories borne of time spent with an audacious Pug mascot, good food, decent wine, and some spooky howls deep in the woods. You will find aliens: They want more than our women—they want that perfect vacation. Experience an attempt to reclaim a devastated Earth by camping out and exploring. Is it really a Sasquatch snitching the French toast? All of this and more are tales told around an Alien campfire.
Dragons, Droids & Doom: Year One, edited by Iulian Ionescu and Frederick Doot. Fantasy Scroll Press 2015
Story: “J.C. the Ski Bum”
Wanna date a dragon? How about defend yourself in court with an orc as your lawyer? Or maybe you want to just sit in your loft and have a couple beers with your imaginary friend, or follow Merlin on his final days as he fights to stay alive.
No seriously, what if your girlfriend’s skin was stolen by a hag? Or if you found sheet music to a song to end the world… what would you do?
Dragons, Droids & Doom: Year One is a collection of all the stories published online by Fantasy Scroll Magazine in its first year. It includes a wide range of speculative short stories from fantasy to science fiction to horror. Some stories deal with death, others will leave you laughing to death. It’s all here, and it’s fantastic. Take a look; you won’t be disappointed.