Or, What to Read After Sleeping Giants
Last year, I went to San Diego Comic Con. SDCC is a mecca for the speculative fiction fan—major studios and distributors attend, pushing their new big movies and television shows of the year. Comic book creators, artists, and writers are also in abundance, selling and autographing their wares. And then…there are the book people. Book publishers don’t take up much space at SDCC; I’ve noticed over the years that the book publishing parts of the con are becoming increasingly smaller ...
“Wait, you’re mac? As in, MacKenzie?”
“You were the first. The first paperboy around here who wasn’t a… you know.”
The year is 1988; the day, November first; the place, a small Ohio suburb. In the wee hours of the morning following Halloween, four twelve-year-old girls go on their regular routes to deliver newspapers. There are some troublemakers still out from the night before, but for Erin, Mac, Tiffany, and KJ, it’s nothing they can’t ...
Expectations. That’s all you really need.
If you know what people are expecting, all it takes is a little confidence to exploit those expectations.
If you can do that… you can fool anyone.
Lucifer Jennifer Ignacio Das Neves may be the best supernaturally-powered thief around, but that doesn’t mean her life is easy. Following the destruction of Val Brisendine—Lucifer’s mother in spirit if not in name—life has been, well, different. Relocating from a swank art gallery showroom—a business built on ...
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.
The above lines aren’t from Where Futures End, the debut speculative fiction novel from Parker Peevyhouse--but they do form a portent ode for the story. Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky (from which the above lines are taken) is an important influence on the five tales told in the strange and wondrous Where Futures End (especially with regards ...
And I saw it. It tore at my aunt's gnarled trees, then shook loose the ladder down to Nat's. It came straight at me fast and sure: a red rip in the sky, sharp beak edges toothed with ridge upon ridge of glass teeth. Limbs flowed forward like thick tongues.
I dropped the scope.
The mouth opened wider, full of stench and blood.
For as long as she can remember, Kirit Densira has had one heartfelt dream: to ...
“It’s not that bad,” Chaqal said.
“I don’t know.” Kodin flattened his lips. “Last time the Windspeakers shut down that much water, it started all kinds of trouble—fighting, riots, all the shit bored people do when they run out of money.”
“But they can’t just—just shut down all the wind,” Chaqal asked. “Can they?”
It is a time of strife and danger for those who make their living on the seas. All along the Jihiri ...
<If I stop to think about it, this whole thing is totally insane.>
<Risking my life…>
<...as crazy as it sounds…>
<....for the first time I can remember…>
<...I feel like I’m in control.>
Rori Lane, Ayane, Shirai, and Nikaido are not your average teenagers—in fact, they are superheroes. Among them, these teens have the ability to consume spirits, control emotions, transform matter, commune with cats, and manipulate the very threads of ...
Being the daughter of the great Haggard West—super scientist, superhero, and scourge of the monsters of Arcopolis—ain’t easy. Aurora has had her work cut out for her since the day she was born, and things are only getting harder the older she becomes. Her home, Arcopolis, is a city thrown into darkness and fallen on dark times. One day, thuggish gangs of monsters appeared bent on causing chaos and kidnapping children for reasons unknown. The only thing that stands between ...