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We can finally announce the Table of Contents for the Zombies Need Brains anthology ALTERNATE PEACE, edited by Steven H Silver & Joshua Palmatier and set for release no later than August 2019 (but we're hoping for June 2019, depending on printer schedules).  Get ready to delve into branching historical timelines as we look at fifteen alternate histories where the divergence from our timeline comes from some kind of peaceful change in our history!  These come from some familiar names in the alternate history universe and from some newbies discovered in our open call.  You can preorder your copy at the ZNB online store here:  The cover art image for ALTERNATE PEACE is still in progress, but we'll reveal that as soon as it's finalized.

So without further ado, feast your eyes on what you'll find within the pages of ALTERNATE PEACE!

Table of Contents:

“O-Rings” by Elektra Hammond

“A Dad Ought to Have Nightmares” by Dale Cozort

“Election Day” by Harry Turtledove

“A Fine Line, Indeed” by C.W. Briar

“Donny Boy” by Rick Wilber

“The Echoes of a Shot” by Juliet E. McKenna

“What Makes a Better World” by Michael Robertson

“Field of Cloth of Gold and Blood, Sweat and Tears” by Kat Otis

“Politicians, Lost Causers, and Abigail Lockwood” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“Or, the Modern Psyche” by Brian Hugenbruch

“Easter Rising” by Stephen Leigh

“The Sisters of the Hallowed Marsh” by Elizabeth Kite

“Selkie” by Ian R. MacLeod

“New Moon, Dark Skies” by Mike Barretta

“His Master’s Voice” by Kari Sperring

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"Temporally Deactivated" cover image by Justin Adams of Varia Studios

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It's time to reveal the Table of Contents for one of Zombies Need Brains' upcoming anthologies called PORTALS, edited by Patricia Bray and S.C. Butler!  These are SF&F stories that center around portals that connect one world to another, whether it be Earth, a fantasy realm, or a science fiction future.  A few even skirt the edges of those three!  Check out the stories and authors below, and then preorder the anthology at the Zombies Need Brains online store if you missed our Kickstarter last year!  And don't miss any of the previous anthologies from ZNB, as well as the other two new releases this year--TEMPORALLY DEACTIVATED and ALTERNATE PEACE.  And look at the stunning art we'll use for the cover from Justin Adams of Varia Studios!

Table of Contents

“What Time Is It?” by Nancy Holzner

“This Way Out” by Esther Friesner

“Deus Ex Machina” by Ian Tregillis

“A Land Fit for Heroes” by Jacey Bedford

“Iron and Anthracite” by John Linwood Grant

“The Namesake” by Kate Hall

“Portal Pirates” by Gini Koch (writing as Anita Ensal)

“Doorways in the Sand” by Violette Malan

“Somewhere Else, Nowhere Else” by Juliet Kemp

“A Stranger Comes to Town” by James Enge

“Brick and Mirror” by Steven Harper

“A Bend in the Air” by F. Brett Cox

“All the Lost Places” by Jaime Lee Moyer

“Onward to Glory!” by Jason Palmatier

“Hard Times in the Vancouver Continuum” by Andrija Popovic

“The Cracks in the Road” by Patrick Hurley

Preorder your copy here:

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Table of Contents Announced!

Editors David B. Coe and Joshua B. Palmatier are proud to announce the Table of Contents for the upcoming Zombies Need Brains anthology TEMPORALLY DEACTIVATED! Here are 14 stories dealing with various interpretations of the phrase "temporally deactivated," crossing the boundaries between fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary fantasy. Watch for the release in both ebook and paperback later this year! Or preorder a Kickstarter edition at the Zombies Need Brains online store and get it early! In the meantime, congratulations to the authors! And check out the stunning art we'll use as a cover by Justin Adams of Varia Studios.

“Keeper of the Light” by Ken Altabef
“The Eyes of Odin” by Alex Gideon
“All the Time in the World” by Stephen Leigh
“The Other Walker” by D.B. Jackson
“My Dark Knight” by Faith Hunter
“Eye of the Needle” by C.S. Friedman
“Tempus Erratum” by Emily Randall
“Missy the Were-Pomeranian vs. the Lord of Time” by Gini Koch
“The Mirror Trap” by Misty Massey
“Love and the Improper Unicorn” by Rhondi Ann
“Schrödinger’s Fractal” by Edmund R. Schubert
“Clockwork Corsair” by R.K. Nickel
“Compassionate Retry” by Marie DesJardin
“Neurons Lost and Found” Christine Lucas

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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 ( 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 ( 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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I'm proud to announce the official Table of Contents for the Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens anthology, the inaugural release from the new small press Zombies Need Brains! We have a great line-up of authors, including long-standing familiar favorites and a few new names you should watch for in the future. We're hard at work designing the interior of the book, finalizing the cover, and arranging everything with the printer and distributor. We expect to be releasing the book no later than July 1st (with high hopes we can get it out before that). So keep watch here as the timeline develops!

In the meantime, you can check out cool Zombies Need Brains merchandise (t-shirt, baseball caps, totes, art prints, etc) at the new online store, even preorder the anthology if you'd like, if you missed out on backing the kickstarter. It will also be available for ordering on Amazon and Barnes & Noble once published. (Note: Black t-shirts are being printed right now! Watch for those additions in the next few weeks.)

So, without further ado, here's the current version of the cover (subject to change) and the Table of Contents! Enjoy.

Table of Contents:

Introduction by Patricia Bray

“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 C.B. Pratt

“The Wizard of Woodrow Park” by Jean Marie Ward

“Of War and Wings” by Tansy Rayner Roberts

“Airship Down: A Sound and Fury Adventure” by Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin

“Steamsuit” by David J. Fortier

“Fingers of Steam, Veins of Gold” by Brad Hafford

“Heart of Clockwork” by S.C. Butler

“Lady Antheia’s Guide to Horticultural Warfare” by Seanan McGuire
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And lo! there was a second coming! Patricia Bray ([ profile] pbray) and I have once again put on our editing hats and thwacked authors into submission for another anthology. This one is called The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity . . . and we can now release the Table of Contents! So below is the anthology summary, along with the titles of the short stories included inside and the authors who bribed us the most with chocolates and robots. Oh, and who also wrote excellent stories, all about the Fae and how they have integrated themselves into our society to survive. And guess what? You can PREORDER copies at right now! It even says the book is part of the "buy 3, get the 4th free" deal they offer on some paperbacks. If nothing else, swing on by and like the book for Facebook. And feel free to link to this post to help spread the word!

Anthology Summary:

The fae are among us, adapting to survive among the hordes of humanity that now plague the modern world. In THE MODERN FAE’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, fourteen authors explore how the fae have integrated themselves into our society. From the aisles of your local shopping center, to Wall Street, to the darkest part of Central Park, the fae have cast their glamour over every aspect of our world. Join us as we lift the veil of faerie and reveal the magical pockets that exist on our very doorstep.

Table of Contents:

“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


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