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Mythic Delirium: Volume Two

By C.S.E. Cooney
Bone Swans: Stories

 

By Mike Allen
Hungry Constellations (poems)
The Sky-Riders (with Paul Dellinger) | Unseaming
The Spider Tapestries
The Black Fire Concerto


 


Mythic Delirium: Volume Two

an international anthology of prose and verse

edited by Mike and Anita Allen

 

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Cover art by Galen Dara

“Rich word choices and settings that blend speculative concepts with quotidian reality highlight this stellar anthology of prose and poetry.”
Publishers Weekly

“One of those rare long-term survivors of the small-press landscape…contributes mightily to the health of our genre.”
Locus Online

Assembled from the second year of the digital journal Mythic Delirium and recast in an artfully arranged anthology, this latest offering from editors Mike and Anita Allen will introduce you to harrowing deserts and vengeful waters, to quantum mythology and edible religion, to slipstream explorations of love and identity.

Publisher and editor Mike Allen writers in his introduction, “If you’re on a quest for the weird, lowercase, here is a book where you can find it. And likely The Weird as well.”

This international anthology of beautiful prose and strange verse features Saira Ali, Michele Bannister, Alicia Cole, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Gwynne Garfinkle, Brady Golden, Adam Howe, John Philip Johnson, Jamie Killen, Swapna Kishore, Margo Lanagan, Geoffrey A. Landis, Nathaniel Lee, Rose Lemberg, Livia Llewellyn, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, C.S. MacCath, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Lynette Mejía, Virginia M. Mohlere, Sunny Moraine, Kristine Ong Muslim, Dominik Parisien, Jessy Randall, Wendy Rathbone, Sonya Taaffe, Shveta Thakrar, Natalia Theodoridou, Sheree Renée Thomas and Jane Yolen. Cover art by Hugo Award winner Galen Dara.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Myths and Delusions: An Introduction by Mike Allen
  • “The Traveler’s Wagon Speaks” by Jane Yolen
  • “Maybe a Witch Lives There” by Jessy Randall
  • “The Absence of Words” by Swapna Kishore
  • “The Ensouling of Spacecraft” by Michele Bannister
  • “A Shadow on the Sky” by Sunny Moraine
  • “Main Sequence” by Saira Ali
  • “The Nightflies” by Sheree Renée Thomas
  • “The Djinn” by Saira Ali
  • “Keeper of the Wave” by Jamie Killen
  • “Deepwater” by Valya Dudycz Lupescu
  • “Eden.Redux” by Lynette Mejía
  • “Earth map” by Rose Lemberg
  • “Even in Arcadia” by Kristine Ong Muslim
  • “An Eyewitness Guide to the Sea Shore” by Margo Lanagan
  • “Hold Back the Waters” by Virginia M. Mohlere
  • “Visitation of the Oracle at McKain Street” by Sheree Renée Thomas
  • “The Nagini’s Night Song” by Shveta Thakrar
  • “Poor Old Horse” by Sonya Taaffe
  • “Time Travel Autumn” by Wendy Rathbone
  • “Love Song” by John Philip Johnson
  • “Behind Glass” by Brady Golden
  • “Orpheus” by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • “Anonymity” by Sonya Taaffe
  • “Eating and Being Eaten” by Jane Yolen
  • “All the Tribes of the Earth Shall Mourn” by Nathaniel Lee
  • “A Portrait of the Monster as an Artist” by Dominik Parisien
  • “It’s a Universal Picture” by Gwynne Garfinkle
  • “‘Kid’ Cooper & the Blackwood Ape-Man” by Adam Howe
  • “Bearing Witness” by Jane Yolen
  • “Otter Script” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
  • “A Primer for Reading 23 Pairs of Chromosomes, or, Introduction to Your Own Personal Genome Project” by Jeannine Hall Gailey
  • “Dualities” by Rose Lemberg
  • “Salamander” by Alicia Cole
  • “Pureland” by Livia Llewellyn
  • “Philomela in Seven Movements” by Natalia Theodoridou
  • “Mortar/Pestle” by Jane Yolen
  • “Sing the Crumbling City” by C.S. MacCath

 

 
 
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The Spider Tapestries: Seven Strange Stories

by Mike Allen

Introduction by Nicole Kornher-Stace

 
 

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Cover photo by Ben Heys

“Mike Allen will infect your subconscious with hallucinatory and alarming delight. This book is a must-read for fans of weird fiction and dark fantasy.”
—Helen Marshall, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Gifts for the One who Comes After

“Surrender yourself to The Spider Tapestries and let these tales rewire your mind.”
—Scott Nicolay, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Do You Like to Look at Monsters?

The Spider Tapestries, Mike Allen’s sophomore short story collection, takes a wrecking ball to genre boundaries, showcasing seven stories that mix transhuman noir, Lovecraftian horror, and surrealistic sorcery in an exploration of the further reaches of the Weird. Readers who savored the disorienting strangeness in Allen’s debut collection Unseaming, a Shirley Jackson Award finalist and Amazon.com horror fiction bestseller, will find The Spider Tapestries begins where Unseaming left off.

As Nicole Kornher-Stace, author of Archivist Wasp, explains in her introduction, “Allen outdoes himself even further, borrowing and synthesizing across genres with gleeful abandon….This results in stories like ‘Twa Sisters,’ with an atmosphere and setting as if Heironymous Bosch had been brought in as a consultant on Blade Runner. Or ‘Sleepless, Burning Life,’ which, with simultaneous nods to steampunk and metaphysics, explores and upends the familiar trope of Mortal Chosen by the Gods.”

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Introduction by Nicole Kornher-Stace
  • The Spider Tapestries
  • Sleepless, Burning Life
  • Twa Sisters
  • Silent in Her Nest
  • She Who Runs
  • Stolen Souls
  • Still Life With Skull

 

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