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And the final theme for Zombies Need Brains' new kickstarter is ... SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE UR-BAR! That's right, Patricia Bray and I are going back to where it all started and are doing a sequel to our very first anthology, AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR. Same setup as for the other anthologies though, with anchor authors and an open call. Here's the formal description. If you're going to write a story for this one, just make certain you pick a time period that wasn't used in AFTER HOURS and hasn't been claimed by one of our anchor authors.


In 2011, DAW Books published AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR, the first anthology edited by Patricia Bray & Joshua Palmatier, starting them down the road that eventually led to the formation of the small press Zombies Need Brains. Now, we’d like to return to that legendary time-traveling bar with all new stories set throughout the ages. Here you will find heroes and villains alike, as the immortal bartender Gilgamesh serves up drinks mixed with magic and a dash of intrigue. And if you’re lucky, perhaps he’ll even mix you up his own special elixir!

Edited by Patricia Bray & Joshua Palmatier, SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE UR-BAR will contain approximately 14 stories with an average length of 6000 words each. The anthology will include short stories by:

Jacey Bedford (June 30th, 1916, France, Battle of Somme, WWI)
Gini Koch (Old West)
Juliet E McKenna
C.E. Murphy
Kristine Smith (Present day-ish, New York City)
Kari Sperring

All other slots aside from the named authors will be filled by the open call for submissions following the successful completion of the Kickstarter.

So put on your thinking caps and get writing!


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