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I'm happy to announce that Walter H. Hunt's story "Radio Silence" in the Zombies Need Brains anthology ALIEN ARTIFACTS is a finalist for the WSFA Small Press Award! Congrats, Walter! And congrats to all of the other finalists. The award winner will be announced at Capclave and Zombies Need Brains will be there with a table in the dealer's room! Fingers crossed for Walter! Here's the official press release from WSFA with all of the other nominees:

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The WSFA Small Press Award Committee Announces Finalists for 2017 Award 
for stories published in 2016.

The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) is pleased to announce the
finalists for the 2017 WSFA Small Press Award:

“Foxfire, Foxfire,” by Yoon Ha Lee, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. by Scott H. Andrews, (March 2016);

"Jupiter or Bust," by Brad R. Torgersen, published in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, ed. by Scott Roberts,  (March/ April 2016);

"The Mytilenian Delay," by Neil James Hudson, in Hyperpowers, ed. by Bascombe James, published by Third Flatiron Publishing (May 2016);

"Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left," by Fran Wilde, published in Shimmer Magazine, ed. by E. Catherine Tobler, (September 2016);

"Radio Silence," by Walter H. Hunt in Alien Artifacts, ed. by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, published by Zombies Need Brains, (2016);

"A Salvaging of Ghosts," by Aliette de Bodard, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. by Scott H. Andrews, (March 2016);

"The Tomato Thief," by Ursula Vernon, published in Apex Magazine, ed. by Jason Sizemore, (January 2016);

"Vengence Sewn With A Fey Cord," by Christine Lucas, published in The Future Fire, ed. by Djibril al-Ayad, (April 2016);

"The Witch's Knives," by Margaret Ronald, published in Strange Horizons, ed. by Niall Harrison, Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, Lila Garrott, Catherine Krahe, An Owomoyela, and Vajra Chandrasekera, (October 2016).

The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction.  The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small  presses in the previous year (2016). An unusual feature of the selection  process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction
Association (www.wsfa.org) and will be presented at their annual
convention, Capclave (www.capclave.org), held this year on October 6-8, 2017 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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On August 29th, Zombies Need Brains will launch their 2017 Kickstarter! This time, we're again trying for three new anthologies and $20,000. As usual, we'll have an open call for each of the anthologies, so anyone who has a story or wants to write a story that fits the theme of that anthology can submit it for possible inclusion in the anthology. We have anchor authors, whose names you'll likely recognize, filling up about half of the anthology, but the rest of the slots will come from the open call! To give everyone a chance to write the best story possible, we're going to announce the themes of the anthologies early. Here's the second one. So put on your thinking caps, come up with a unique story that fits this theme, and write it! The submission deadline (if the Kickstarter is funded, of course) is December 31st, 2017. Details about how to submit the story and where to submit it will come once the Kickstarter reaches its $20,000 goal.

NOTE: Zombies Need Brains is now a SFWA Qualifying Market!

So, without further ado, here's the first theme for this year's Kickstarter!

GUILDS & GLAIVES:

Sword and sorcery has long been a much beloved staple of the SF&F community, from Fritz Leiber’s “Lankhmar” novels and Moorcock’s “Elric” saga, to Violette Malan’s more recent “Dhulyn and Parno” series. Who doesn’t like a daring thief skulking through back alleys in the dark of night, or a deranged mage conjuring death spells in a bubbling cauldron? This anthology will tackle the subgenre of thieves, assassins, guilds, and dark magic with some of today’s hottest authors!

Edited by S.C. Butler & Joshua Palmatier, GUILDS & GLAIVES will contain approximately 14 brand-new stories with an average length of 6000 words each. It will include short stories by:

David B. Coe
James Enge
Esther Friesner
Howard Andrew Jones
Gini Koch
Violette Malan
Seanan McGuire

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



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On August 29th, Zombies Need Brains will launch their 2017 Kickstarter! This time, we're again trying for three new anthologies and $20,000. As usual, we'll have an open call for each of the anthologies, so anyone who has a story or wants to write a story that fits the theme of that anthology can submit it for possible inclusion in the anthology. We have anchor authors, whose names you'll likely recognize, filling up about half of the anthology, but the rest of the slots will come from the open call! To give everyone a chance to write the best story possible, we're going to announce the themes of the anthologies early. Here's the first one. So put on your thinking caps, come up with a unique story that fits this theme, and write it! The submission deadline (if the Kickstarter is funded, of course) is December 31st, 2017. Details about how to submit the story and where to submit it will come once the Kickstarter reaches its $20,000 goal.

NOTE: Zombies Need Brains is now a SFWA Qualifying Market!

So, without further ado, here's the first theme for this year's Kickstarter!

THE RAZOR'S EDGE:

One man’s insurgent is another man’s freedom fighter…


From The Moon is a Harsh Mistress to The Hunger Games, everyone enjoys a good rebellion. There is something compelling about a group (or individual) that throws caution to the wind and rises up in armed defiance against oppression, tyranny, religion, the government--you name it. No matter the cause, or how small the chance, it’s the courage to fight for what is right against overwhelming odds that grabs our hearts and has us pumping our fists in the air.

On the other hand, the greater good isn’t always good for everybody, and someone (or some group) must enforce the laws necessary to keep the disaffected from tearing society apart. Where is the line between the freedom fighter and the insurgent, or is it simply a matter of perspective? When does fighting for a cause slip from right to wrong, where does the moral high ground become immoral, and when do the ends no longer justify the means?

Win or lose, it’s the righteous struggle we cherish, and those who take up arms for a cause must walk The Razor’s Edge between liberator and extremist.

Edited by Troy Bucher & Joshua Palmatier, this military SF&F anthology will explore the heroes and villains on both sides of insurgencies, both in the realms of science fiction and in fantasy. It will contain approximately 14 stories with an average length of 6000 words each. It will include short stories by:

Gerald Brandt
William C. Dietz
D.B. Jackson
Chris Kennedy
Kay Kenyon
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Seanan McGuire
L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Steve Perry

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

The art we will use for the cover is by Justin Adams of Varia Studios:



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And we have the finalized cover for ALL HAIL OUR ROBOT CONQUERORS!, one of three anthologies that Zombies Need Brains kickstarted last year. I've posted the cover art below, along with the back cover copy. You can order prints of the cover art itself as well as preorder the Kickstarter version of the anthology over at the ZNB online store: Click Here.





Back Cover Copy:

RRRAWRRR!!! ZZZZZZTTTTT!!! ZZZZAAAAPPPPP!!!

The robots of the 50s and 60s science fiction movies and novels captured our hearts and our imaginations. Their clunky, bulbous bodies with their clear domed heads, whirling antennae, and randomly flashing lights staggered ponderously across the screen and page and into our souls—whether as a constant companion or as the invading army threatening to exterminate our world. We can never return to that innocent time, where the robot overlords could be identified by their burning red eyes or our trusty robot sidekick would warn us instantly of danger—

Or can we?

With a touch of nostalgia and a little tongue-in-cheek humor, here are fifteen stories from today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors that take us back to the time of evil robot overlords, invading armies, and not-quite-trustworthy mechanical companions. Join Julie E. Czerneda, Brandon Daubs, Tanya Huff, Brian Trent, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Jason Palmatier, Jez Patterson, Gini Koch, Lauren Fox, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Philip Brian Hall, Rosemary Edghill, R. Overwater, Helen French, and Seanan McGuire as we step into the future with a nod to the past. Hold on to those stun guns. You may need them!
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Zombies Needs Brains is proud to announce the Table of Contents for the upcoming anthology THE DEATH OF ALL THINGS, edited by Laura Anne Gilman and Kat Richardson! For those who backed the Kickstarter, thanks! None of this would have happened without your support. If you missed the Kickstarter, you can still get in on the action and get the Kickstarter edition by preordering at the ZNB online store (https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc). You'll get the Kickstarter edition of the anthology before the general public release of the trade edition. Here's the ToC, with the anchor authors and those selected from the open call:

Table of Contents:

“Raveling” by K. M. Laney
“Death and Mrs. Morrison” by Andrea Mullen
“Death and the Fashionista” by Faith Hunter
“Awake, Awake” by Kendra Leigh Speedling
“The End” by Jason M. Hough
“The Dance” by Julie Pitzel
“The Legend of John Barrett” by Shaun Avery
“The Wolves of Lady Death” by Christie Golden
“Wedding Vows” by Leah Cutter
“Cicada Song, in a Country Long-Gone” by Aliette de Bodard
“Dying on Stage” by Andrew Dunlop
“A Constant Companion” by Juliet E. McKenna
“Thrice Remembered” by A. Merc Rustad
“Charnel House” by Ville Meriläinen
“How Death Came By His Soul” by Amanda Kespohl
“The Tab” by Mack Moyer
“Death and My Mentions” by Fran Wilde
“A Shift in Mood” by Kathryn McBride
“Finding the Dancer” by Andrija Popovic
“The Fallow Grave of Dream” by Jim C. Hines
“What Happens in Vegas” by Stephen Blackmoore
“Delayed Exchange Deferred” by Kiya Nicoll



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We have the official Table of Contents for Zombies Need Brains' upcoming anthology SUBMERGED! For those who backed the Kickstarter, thanks! None of this would have happened without your support. If you missed the Kickstarter, you can still get in on the action and get the Kickstarter edition by preordering at the ZNB online store (https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc). You'll get the Kickstarter edition of the anthology before the general public release of the trade edition. Here's the ToC, with the anchor authors and those selected from the open call:

"Rust in Peace" by Seanan McGuire
"Another Dream to Europa" by Michael Robertson
"Go With the Flow" by Esther Friesner
"The Deep End" by F. Brett Cox
"Through Milkweed and Gloom" by Wendy Nikel
"Son of Blob" by Marsheila Rockwell & Jeffrey J. Mariotte
"Under Pressure" by Jody Lynn Nye
"The Last of the Real Good Days" by Bill Kte’pi
"The Windlost" by Jenna Rhodes
"Tamatori" by Susan Jett
"High Sulfur Hot Springs and Camping Park" by James Van Pelt
"The City Under the Sea" by J.C. Koch
"Pen’s Bracer" by Misty Massey
"Fathoms Deep and Fathoms Cold" by A. Merc Rustad
"River of Stars" by David Farland
"The Byssus Woman" by Sara M. Harvey
"The Seven Nights of Squidmas" by Nicky Drayden



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And we have a finalized Table of Contents for our first new anthology from Zombies Need Brains this year, titled ALL HAIL OUR ROBOT CONQUERORS! For those who backed the Kickstarter, thanks! None of this would have happened without your support. If you missed the Kickstarter, you can still get in on the action and get the Kickstarter edition by preordering at the ZNB online store (https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc). You'll get the Kickstarter edition of the anthology before the general public release of the trade edition. Here's the ToC, with the anchor authors and those selected from the open call:

Introduction by Patricia Bray
"Road Rage" by Julie E. Czerneda
"A Vague Inclination to Please" by Brandon Daubs
"Oh, the Humanity" by Tanya Huff
"Director X and the Thrilling Wonders of Outer Space" by Brian Trent
"Gold and Glory" by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
"Zorlar the Terrible" by Jason Palmatier
"Box, Set" by Jez Patterson
"A Kitty-Bot’s Tale" by Gini Koch
"Rosie Cleans House" by Lauren Fox
"The Dawn’s Early Light" by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
"Iron Hail" by Philip Brian Hall
"Schematic Diagram of a Murder-Bot" by R. Overwater
"Pensacola Wagner and the Robot Invasion" by Rosemary Edghill
"The Headspace Database" by Helen French
"Heroes Never Die" by Seanan McGuire



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And our last anthology highlight (until later this year) will be for WERE-! This anthology was funded along with ALIEN ARTIFACTS in Zombies Need Brains' first dual Kickstarter. The concept--were-creatures other than werewolves--obviously captured the imagination of many writers, not just our anchors. There were tons of submission to the open call, which made picking out the few we needed to flesh out this anthology difficult.

Here's the back cover description and the Table of Contents for WERE-!

Werewolves rule the night in urban fantasy, but everyone knows there are other were-creatures out there just as dangerous and deadly, if not as common, each with their own issues as they struggle to fit into—or prey upon—society. What about the were-goats? The were-crows and were-wasps?

Here are seventeen stories of urban fantasy by today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors that introduce you to some of those other were-creatures, the ones hiding in the dark background shadows, waiting to bite. Join Seanan McGuire, Ashley McConnell, Susan Jett, Eliora Smith, David B. Coe, April Steenburgh, Gini Koch, Mike Barretta, Elizabeth Kite, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jean Marie Ward, Katharine Kerr, Sarah Brand, Anneliese Belmond, Faith Hunter, Patricia Bray, and Phyllis Ames as they take you into the hidden corners of our world to see some lesser known were-creatures. You may want to bring along some silver...just in case.

“Best In Show” by Seanan McGuire
“We Dig” by Ashley McConnell
“Eyes Like Pearls” by Susan Jett
“Among the Grapevines, Growing” by Eliora Smith
“A Party For Bailey” by David B. Coe
“Cry Murder” by April Steenburgh
“Missy the Were-Pomeranian vs the Masters of Mediocre Doom”
by Gini Koch
“Paper Wasp” by Mike Barretta
“Point Five” by Elizabeth Kite
“The Promise of Death” by Danielle Ackley-Danielle Ackley-Mcphail
“The Five Bean Solution” by Jean Marie Ward
“Witness Report” by Katharine Kit Kerr
“Attack of the Were-Zombie Friendship With Benefits” by Sarah Brand
“The Whale” by Anneliese Belmond

“Anzu, Duba, Beast” by Faith Hunterr

“Shiftr” by Patricia Bray

“Sniff For Your Life” by Phyllis Ames

https://smile.amazon.com/Were-Seanan-McGuire-ebook/dp/B01JK2QIJK


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Today's anthology highlight is ALIEN ARTIFACTS, one of the two anthologies that Zombies Need Brains kickstarted last year. The kickstarter was a wild ride, with it funding within the first few days and then growing from there. This is mainly due to the core group of strong followers ZNB has managed to gather during the first two Kickstarters, and of course the stellar group of authors we've got for out Table of Contents. Patricia Bray and I were a little overwhelmed with the open call submissions as well, since we got far more than we expected. It was difficult to narrow those down to ones that fit into the limited space in the two anthologies.

Here's the rundown the theme and the Table of Contents. As usual, this anthology is available in trade paperback and ebook formats in all the usual places, and of course at the ZNB online store (visit www.zombiesneedbrains.com and click on "store").

What might we run into as we expand beyond Earth and into the stars? As we explore our own solar system and beyond, it seems inevitable that we’ll run into aliens…and what they’ve left behind. Alien artifacts: what might they reveal about us as we try to unlock their secrets? What might they reveal about the universe?

In this anthology, nineteen of today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors explore how discovering long lost relics of alien civilizations might change humanity. Join Walter H. Hunt, Julie Novakova, David Farland, Angela Penrose, S.C. Butler, Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin, Juliet E. McKenna, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Andrija Popovic, Jacey Bedford, Sofie Bird, James Van Pelt, Gini Koch, Anthony Lowe, Jennifer Dunne, Coral Moore, Daniel J. Davis, C.S. Friedman, and Seanan McGuire as they discover the stars and the secrets they may hold—both dark and deadly and awe-inspiring.

“Radio Silence” by Walter H. Hunt

“The Nightside” by Julie Novakova

“The Familiar” by Dave David Farland

“Me and Alice” by Angela Penrose

“The Other Side” by SC Butler

“The Hunt” by Gail Martin & Larry N. Martin

“The Sphere” by Juliet E McKennaa

“Shame the Devil” by Sharon Lee & Steve Millerr
“The Captain’s Throne” by Andrija Popovic

“Weird is the New Normal” by Jacey Bedford

“And We Have No Words to Tell You” by Sofie Bird
“Titan Descanso” by James Van Pelt

“Alien Epilogue” by Gini Koch
“The Haint of Sweetwater River” by Anthony Lowe
“Music of the Stars” by Jennifer Dunne

“The Night You Were a Comet” by Coral Moore

“The God Emperor of Lassie Point” by Daniel J. Davis
“Pandora” by C.S. Friedman
“Round and Round We Ride the Carousel of Time” by Seanan McGuire

https://smile.amazon.com/Alien-Artifacts-Seanan-McGuire-ebook/dp/B01JK5WB34


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Hmm, I've gotten my Hugo nomination ballot for this year. Just FYI, Patricia Bray and I are eligible for a Hugo as Best Editor, Short Fiction, since we had 2 anthologies released last year (ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-) and we've had more than four anthologies released so far overall. If you're eligible to nominate for the Hugo's, consider adding us to your Editor Short Form nomination list.

Also, all of the stories in ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- are eligible in either the short story or novella categories. I'll get a better write-up for these (indicating which are short stories and which are novellas) later, but you can start thinking about whether any of those stories are worthy of nomination now.
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Today I'm highlighting Zombies Need Brains' second anthology project, TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER. This was a fun project, mostly just because of the topic: gadgets acting "temporally" out of order, rather than "temporarily" out of order. Patricia Bray and I had a blast reading the stories and putting this one together, and since I'd already run a Kickstarter, I wasn't pulling my hair out in frustration (as much) while trying to get the funding. The Kickstarter ran smoother and funded much quicker than the first, which is always nice. It was obvious that ZNB had gained a little ground in the "awareness" area; people were beginning to notice us.

Here's the run-down of the theme and the Table of Contents. This anthology is available in many ebook formats and also as a trade paperback. And remember you can always get it through the ZNB online store (www.zombiesneedbrains.com and click "store").

It’s frustrating when a gadget stops working. But what if the gadget is working fine, it’s just “temporally” out of order? What would you do if you discovered your cell phone linked you to a different time? Or that your camera took pictures of the past?

In this collection, seventeen leading science fiction authors share their take on what happens when gadgets run temporally amok. From past to future, humor to horror, there’s something for everyone.

Join Seanan McGuire, Elektra Hammond, David B. Coe, Chuck Rothman, Faith Hunter, Edmund R. Schubert, Steve Ruskin, Sofie Bird, Laura Resnick, Amy Griswold, Laura Anne Gilman, Susan Jett, Gini Koch, Christopher Barili, Stephen Leigh, Juliet E. McKenna, and Jeremy Sim as they investigate how ordinary objects behaving temporally out of order can change our everyday lives.

“Reading Lists” by Seanan McGuire
“Salamandar Bites” by Elektra Hammond
“Black and White” by David B. Coe
“Dinosaur Stew” by Chuck Rothman
“Not All Is As It Seems” by Faith Hunter
“Batting Out of Order” by Edmund Schubert
“Grand Tour” by Steve Ruskin
“A is for Alacrity, Astronauts, and Grief” by Sofie Bird
“The Spiel of the Glocken” by Laura Resnick
“The Passing Bell” by Amy Griswold
“Destination Ahead” by Laura Anne Gilman
“Where There’s Smoke” by Susan Jett
“Alien Time Warp” by Gini Koch
“Cell Service” by Chris Barili
“Temporally Full” by Stephen Leigh
“Notes and Queries” by Juliet E McKenna
“Temporally Out of Odor: A Fragrant Fable” by Jeremy Sim

https://smile.amazon.com/Temporally-Out-Order-Seanan-McGuire-ebook/dp/B011W96IB2


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I'd like to highlight the very first release from Zombies Need Brains today, the anthology CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK VS ALIENS, edited by Patricia Bray and myself. This was our third outing as editors, but it was a particular fun and harrowing ride, because it was our first attempt to fund an anthology using a Kickstarter and then produce the anthology ourselves. There was a steep learning curve for me as a "virgin" publisher. While I knew in some sense how publishing worked (having published multiple books through DAW by then), it was still a walk through the dark with a pen-light. This anthology was the result. Here's a description of the theme (although that's kind of obvious in the subtitle) and the Table of Contents. Plus a link to the paperback if you're so inclined. Again, you can get this at Zombies Need Brains' online store as well, among other things.
When aliens reach Earth, they encounter the clockwork mechanisms and Victorian sensibilities of a full-blown steampunk civilization. Inspired by the classic science fiction adventure tales of the nineteenth century, leading fantasy and science fiction authors bring us tales of first contact with a twist, as steam power meets laser cannons...and dirigibles face off against flying saucers.
Clockwork Universe contains fourteen stories from some of the genre's top authors, including: Ian Tregillis, Leah Cutter, Bradley P. Beaulieu, J.R. Hargenrader, Gini Koch, Jason Palmatier, C.B. Pratt, Jean Marie Ward, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin, David J. Fortier, Brad Hafford, S.C. Butler, and Seanan McGuire.
"The Cavorite Job" by Ian Tregillis
"Gracie's Fire" by Leah Cutter
"Quinta Essentia" by Bradley P. Beaulieu
"When Comrade Ekaterina Died for the Motherland" by J.R. Hargenrader
"A Clockwork Alien" by Gini Koch
"Heart of the Empire" by Jason Palmatier
"The Red Queen and the White" by Cynthia Pratt
"The Wizard of Woodrow Park" by Jean Marie Ward
"Of Wings and War" by Tansy Rayner Roberts
"Airship Down: A Sound and Fury Adventure"
by Gail Martin & Larry N. Martin
"Steamsuit" by David J Fortier
"Fingers of Steam, Veins of Gold" by Brad Hafford
"Heart of Clockwork" by SC Butler
"Lady Antheia's Guide to Horticultural Warfare" by Seanan McGuire

https://smile.amazon.com/Clockwork-Universe-Steampunk-vs-Aliens/dp/1940709008


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I thought I'd highlight each of the anthologies that Patricia Bray and I have edited over the years, both those published by DAW Books and by Zombies Need Brains. First up is our first outing, AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR! Here's the description, Table of Contents, and a link to the Kindle edition. It's also available in other ebook formats and in paperback. If you'd like it in paperback, it looks like you might have to get it from the ZNB online store now (https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc), which means it's probably going out of print shortly. (I may have to get ZNB more copies, if that's the case.)

The first bar, created by the Sumerians after they were given the gift of beer by the gods, was known as the Ur-Bar. Although it has since been destroyed, its spirit lives on—in each age there is one bar that captures the essence of the original Ur-Bar, where drinks are mixed with magic and served with a side of destiny and intrigue.

“An Alewife In Kish” by Benjamin Tate
“Why the Vikings Had No Bars” by SC Butler
“The Emperor’s New God” by Jennifer Dunne
“The Tale That Wagged the Dog” by Barbara Ashford
“Sake and Other Spirits” by Maria V. Snyder
“The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will” by Kari Sperring
“The Tavern Fire” by Db Jackson
“Last Call” by Patricia Bray
“The Alchemy of Alcohol” by Seanan McGuire
“The Grand Tour” by Juliet E McKenna
“Paris 24” by Laura Anne Gilman
“Steady Hands and a Heart of Oak” by Ian Tregillis
“Forbidden” by Avery Shade
“Where We Are Is Hell” by Jackie Kessler
“Izdu-Bar” by Anton Strout

https://smile.amazon.com/After-Hours-Ur-Bar-Jo…/…/B00475AXEM


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Today, I'm going to highlight another of the SF&F themed anthologies that Patricia Bray and I have edited. THE MODERN FAE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY was published by DAW Books and was our second outing with editing. Here's the description and Table of Contents, with a link to the paperback edition on Amazon. It's also available as an ebook and of course you can get it from the Zombies Need Brains online store in paperback.

What if the fae were still here, living among us? Perhaps living in secret, doing their best to pass for human. Or perhaps their existence is acknowledged, but they're still struggling to fit in. How have they survived? Are they outcasts clinging to the edges of society, or do their powers ensure success in the mortal realm?

Here are fourteen fabulous tales--ranging from humor to dark fantasy--that explore how the creatures of the fae realm are fitting into the modern world.

From a mortal who offers to do internet marketing for Oberon...to a woman bent on reclaiming her baby from the Queen of the fae...to a dryad grove menaced by urban expansion...to a Selkie in need of a new home and career...these are original looks at how the world of the imagination can survive and perhaps even thrive in the everyday mortal lands.

“We Will Not Be Undersold” by Seanan McGuire
“Changeling” by Susan Jett
“Water-Called” by Kari Sperring
“The Roots of Aston Quercus” by Juliet E. McKenna
“To Scratch an Itch” by Avery Shade
“Continuing Education” by Kristine Smith
“How To Be Human™” by Barbara Ashford
“How Much Salt” by April Steenburgh
“Hooked” by Anton Strout
“Crash” by S.C. Butler
“Fixed” by Jean Marie Ward
“A People Who Always Know” by Shannon Page & Jay Lake
“The Slaughtered Lamb” by Elizabeth Bear
“Corrupted” by Jim C. Hines

https://smile.amazon.com/Modern-Guide-Surviving-Humanity-Collectors/dp/0756407192



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Time to announce the Table of Contents for the Were- anthology, coming out in August 2016! This was funded through a Kickstarter last year and those who preorder the paperback of the anthology will get a special Kickstarter edition of the book and will be able to read it early, before the general public. Those that preorder the ebook will also get the ebook early. You can preorder the book at the Zombies Need Brains online store here: ZNB Online Store. Just scroll on down to the preorder section. And check out all of the other books and merchandise offered by ZNB!

Here's the back cover copy (tentative, we're still tweaking it) and the Table of Contents for Were-! The art by Justin Adams that we'll use for the cover is below as well. It's all coming together!

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Werewolves rule the night in urban fantasy, but everyone knows there are other were-creatures out there just as dangerous and deadly, if not as common, each with their own issues as they struggle to fit into—or prey upon—society. What about the were-goats? The were-crows and were-wasps?

Here are seventeen stories of urban fantasy by today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors that introduce you to some of those other were-creatures, the ones hiding in the dark background shadows, waiting to bite. Join us as they take you into the hidden corners of our world to see some lesser known were-creatures. You may want to bring along some silver . . . just in case.


Table of Contents:

Introduction by Joshua Palmatier

“Best In Show” by Seanan McGuire

“We Dig” by Ashley McConnell

“Eyes Like Pearls” by Susan Jett

“Among the Grapevines, Growing” by Eliora Smith

“A Party For Bailey” by David B. Coe

“Cry Murder” by April Steenburgh

“Missy the Were-Pomeranian vs. the Masters of Mediocre Doom” by Gini Koch

“Paper Wasp” by Mike Barretta

“Point Five” by Elizabeth Kite

“The Promise of Death” by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

“The Five Bean Solution” by Jean Marie Ward

“Witness Report” by Katharine Kerr

“Attack of the Were-Zombie Friendship With Benefits” by Sarah Brand

“The Whale” by Anneliese Belmond

“Anzu, Duba, Beast” by Faith Hunter

“Shiftr” by Patricia Bray

“Sniff For Your Life” by Phyllis Ames



Cover Art:



jpskewedthrone: (Shattering)
Time to announce the Table of Contents for the Alien Artifacts anthology, coming out in August 2016! This was funded through a Kickstarter last year and those who preorder the paperback of the anthology will get a special Kickstarter edition of the book and will be able to read it early, before the general public. Those that preorder the ebook will also get the ebook early. You can preorder the book at the Zombies Need Brains online store here: ZNB Online Store. Just scroll on down to the preorder section. And check out all of the other books and merchandise offered by ZNB!

We're working on finalizing the stories for the Were- anthology at the moment, currently in copy edits. Once that's done, we'll get contracts out and will be able to announce the Table of Contents for that anthology as well.

For now, though, here's the back cover copy (tentative, we're still tweaking it) and the Table of Contents for Alien Artifacts! The art we'll use for the cover is below as well. It's all coming together!

Back Cover Copy:

What might we run into as we expand beyond Earth and into the stars? As we explore our own solar system and beyond, it seems inevitable that we’ll run into aliens … and what they’ve left behind. Alien artifacts: what might they reveal about us as we try to unlock their secrets? What might they reveal about the universe?

In this anthology, nineteen of today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors explore how discovering long lost relics of alien civilizations might change humanity. Join Walter H. Hunt, Julie Novakova, David Farland, Angela D. Penrose, S.C. Butler, Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin, Juliet E. McKenna, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Andrija Popovic, Jacey Bedford, Sofie Bird, James Van Pelt, Gini Koch, Anthony Lowe, Jennifer Dunne, Coral Moore, Daniel J. Davis, C.S. Friedman, and Seanan McGuire as they discover the stars and the secrets they may hold—both dark and deadly and awe-inspiring.


Table of Contents:

Introduction by Patricia Bray
"Radio Silence" by Walter H. Hunt
"The Nightside" by Julie Novakova
"The Familiar" by David Farland
"Me and Alice" by Angela D. Penrose
"The Other Side" by S.C. Butler
"The Hunt" by Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin
"The Sphere" by Juliet E. McKenna
"Shame the Devil" by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
"The Captain's Throne" by Andrija Popovic
"Weird is the New Normal" by Jacey Bedford
"And We Have No Words to Tell" by Sofie Bird
"Titan Descanso" by James Van Pelt
"Alien Epilogue" by Gini Koch
"The Haint of Sweetwater River" by Anthony Lowe
"Music of the Stars" by Jennifer Dunne
“The Night You Were a Comet" by Coral Moore
"The God Emperor of Lassie Point" by Daniel J. Davis
"Pandora" by C.S. Friedman
"Round and Round We Ride the Carousel of Time" by Seanan McGuire

Cover Art by Justin Adams:



jpskewedthrone: (Vacant)
The open call is now closed! If you'd like to preorder either of the two anthologies listed below, swing on by the Zombies Need Brains online store.

The ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- anthology kickstarter has made its goal! This means that we can now open up submissions for the remaining slots in the anthology. If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. I've posted the guidelines below. A special thanks to everyone who backed the project and got us funded! Without you, we wouldn't be able to produce such cool anthologies! And now, the submission guidelines:





ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- Submission Guidelines

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its two science fiction and fantasy anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple submissions in separate emails. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use New Times Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

ALIEN ARTIFACTS is to feature stories where some type of left-behind alien tech has been found and how it may affect our society, our humanity, or the characters. It can be an artifact discovered on Earth in our past or during current times, OR PREFERRABLY, an artifact that we run across while exploring space in the future. I want to stress this: the story must feature an alien artifact (not an alien). Aliens can appear in the story, but the genesis of the story must be some kind of alien artifact. Stories featuring more interesting alien artifacts, and twists on how they are discovered or how they affect our society/humanity, while being set in the future, will receive more attention than those set in the present or past. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with an archeological dig discovering a long buried alien artifact. If we do, it’s likely that only one at most would be selected for the anthology. So be creative and choose something different and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

WERE- is to feature stories where some type of were-creature OTHER than a werewolf is the main character. Werewolves can appear in the story, but they cannot be the main character or the central focus of the story. I want to stress this: the story must feature a were-creature! Stories featuring more interesting were-creatures, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more mundane creatures. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with a were-cat. If we do, it’s likely that only one at most would be selected for the anthology. So be creative and choose something different and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2015. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of December 2015. Please send submissions to Joshua@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of January 2016.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of January 2016. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of February 2016. These dates may change due to the editor’s work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories. For each additional $5000 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $10,000, we will increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both divided evenly (not by word count) by the number of stories and editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to Joshua@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.
jpskewedthrone: (Vacant)
We are less that $500 from our funding goal! Can we get funded today? We should certainly try! So go forth and post a link to the Kickstarter on your social media sites! Write a quick note saying you've proudly funded this project and mention the stellar anchor authors, including the newly added C.S. Friedman and David Farland/Dave Wolverton! Post the rough sketch of the cover art for ALIEN ARTIFACTS on Twitter and Instagram (seen below)! Then cajole all of your friends into participating! WE CAN MAKE FUNDING TODAY WITH YOUR HELP!

(The excessive use of exclamation points will stop now.)

And seriously, there are some great reward levels left to be snatched up. Want to be mauled to death by a were-goat? Be tuckerized in Patricia Bray's WERE- story ($250). Want to be attacked by a were-opossum? Be tuckerized in Jean Marie Ward's WERE- story ($250). Care to have something hideous done to you by some unnamed were-creature that the anchor author is refusing to reveal? Be tuckerized in Danielle Ackley-McPhail's WERE- story ($150). Faith Hunter still has some vampire stake rewards left, with stakes modeled after her Jane Yellowrock series ($55), as well as some "Beast Is Not Prey" armband rewards remaining ($65). Plus we have signed copies of the upcoming TWELVE KINGS IN SHARAKHAI by Bradley P. Beaulieu ($70), signed copies of ELEMENT OF MIND by Walter H. Hunt ($50), signed copies of FROZEN IN AMBER by Phyllis Ames (aka Phyllis Irene Radford, $85), a signed copy of THE SHADOW OF ALBION by Andre Norton & Rosemary Edghill (signed only by Rosemary, $70), and signed copies of THE SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF C.J. HENDERSON from Danielle Ackley-McPhail ($65).

And if you missed out on Zombies Need Brains' previous Kickstarters, you can still catch up by grabbing one of the rewards featuring the KICKSTARTER EDITION of CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS ($55) or TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER ($55) or both ($75).

So, plenty of great options, not least of which is two great anthologies with completely new stories from some great authors at a great price--$12 for the two in ebook, $25 for the two in paperback, or $35 for both ebook and paperback! (Oops, that last exclamation point just slipped in there.)



jpskewedthrone: (Vacant)
The new Zombies Need Brains Kickstarter is now live! Swing on by and check out the two anthologies that we're trying to get funded: ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-! ALIEN ARTIFACTS will contain stories about encounters with left-behind alien artifacts and how the encounters change our society and/or our humanity. WERE- focuses on stories about were-creatures other than werewolves. You can get the two anthologies in ebook or paperback or both! And the reward levels are set at essentially the "preorder" level, meaning that this is the price that will be charged when the anthologies are released to the general public. Those that help fund the Kickstarter at the paperback level will get a special Kickstarter edition of the paperback, with a limited print run (just enough to cover the Kickstarter backers, basically).

So swing on by the Kickstarter and check it out! We have a ton of great anchor authors, including: Phyllis Ames (Phyllis Irene Radford), Jacey Bedford, Patricia Bray, David B. Coe, Walter H. Hunt, Faith Hunter, Gini Koch, Gail Z. Martin, Seanan McGuire, Juliet E. McKenna, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Steve Miller & Sharon Lee, and Jean Marie Ward. There are tons of limited reward levels as well, with special items, signed books, and tuckerizations. Grab them before the vanish!

And here's some preliminary artwork for the cover for ALIEN ARTIFACTS, from artist Justin Adams. It's still being finished, but you can get a good idea of what we're shooting for.

jpskewedthrone: (Vacant)
And we’re down to less than a day left before the Kickstarter for ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- begins. Hopefully everyone has set their clocks and marked their calendars for August 11th, Noon EST, which is when I’ll hit the start button. We’ve covered the special reward levels (including tuckerizations, signed books, and special items), the early backer incentives, the stretch goals, and some of the available add-ons. All that’s left is the lull before the storm. Again, there are a few changes being made to the Kickstarter model. Don't worry, we'll still have some great special items and rewards for backers to grab--such as tuckerizations, unique items from some of the anchor authors, and stretch goals for some extras--just as we did in the past Kickstarters. However, this time backers will simply be PREORDERING the anthologies: the base reward levels to choose from are $6 for an ebook ($12 for both anthologies in ebook) and $15 for a paperback ($25 for both anthologies in paperback). Those are the same prices we expect to use for the general release editions of the books in ebook and paperback, perhaps even cheaper! Those that preorder by backing the Kickstarter will get the anthologies early (before the general public release) and those that choose the paperback versions of the anthologies will also get a special Kickstarter Only edition with a limited print run.

Don't forget, you can now preview the Kickstarter, so check out all of the details--including Early Backer Incentives, all of the reward levels, High Backer Incentives, stretch goals, and anchor authors--through the following link: Preview.

Here are a few last minute changes and/or additions to the Kickstarter:

New Special Item Reward Level (and I mean special): Rosemary Edghill graciously donated a signed, first edition hardcover of THE SHADOW OF ALBION by Andre Norton & Rosemary Edghill. And yes, it’s signed by BOTH Andre Norton and Rosemary Edghill. It will be offered at a $100 reward level.

New Special Item Reward Level: Rosemary Edghill also donated a Science Fiction Book Club edition of THE SHADOW OF ALBION by Andre Norton & Rosemary Edghill. This one is signed by Rosemary Edghill. It will be offered at a $70 reward level.

Steve Miller & Sharon Lee Zombie: The reward level for Steve Miller & Sharon Lee's charm (for a charm bracelet) has been reduce to $60 (from $75).

And now the countdown begins. Less than 24 hours before the Kickstarter goes live. I’m a tangled wreck of nerves, sort of like Christmas tree lights when you pull them out of the storage box and realize you must have run out of patience last year and just stuffed them all in without any effort at organization. But soon it will all begin and hopefully we’ll be able to produce two new anthologies around about this time next year, with stunning stories from today’s best authors, both new and old. And to start it off a little early, here’s a concept sketch from Justin Adams for the cover art of ALIEN ARTIFACTS. We’ll introduce the final art as soon as it’s been finalized, but this should be cool enough to whet your appetite. *grin*

And as a special bonus, here's the preliminary sketch for the cover art for ALIEN ARTIFACTS:



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