To Begin This Leap Year 2016, here are AnthologyBuilder’s Featured Writers, plus samples of their work. Click on the story links to preview the story. Next Click the author’s name to peruse their other works in the AB data base, then scroll down to see anthologies containing some of their stories. Anthologies containing their works are currently discounted. Or use one or more of any of their stories to build your own anthology and receive the featured author discount.
Cat Rambo – Cat lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Her collection, Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight, appeared from Paper Golem Press in 2009, following her collaboration with Jeff VanderMeer, The Surgeon’s Tale and Other Stories in 2007. Among the places her work has appeared are Asimov’s, Weird Tales, and Clarkesworld. She was co-editor of Fantasy Magazine from 2007 to 2011, which earned her a 2012 nomination in the category World Fantasy Special : Non-professional.
… From the river came a sound of splashing as though something enormous were thrashing in the water. “What’s that?” Ivory said. We stared down through the darkness. There was no one else around; it was off-season and our waiter had deserted us before the sun had set…
– from Foam on the Water – (dark fantasy)
Brian Dolton – Brian has spent the last twenty years trying to amass enough interesting life experiences so that his writer’s bio will make him appear far more interesting than he actually is. He has ridden a camel in the Sahara, stayed in a Zen monastery on a holy mountain in Japan, and played volleyball on a sandbar in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Now these distractions are out of the way, and now he has moved from rural England to small-town New Mexico, he can finally concentrate on sitting at a computer and writing.
… She had seen his like before, elsewhere in Fei Chu. Of an evening, in a wineshop, a man would stand (slightly unsteady on his feet), and announce his prowess to anyone who might listen. He would proclaim his strength and boldness, and how he feared nothing; not man, nor demon, nor ghost…
– from The Man Who Was Never Afraid – (fantasy)
Ann Leckie – Ann has published short stories in in Subterranean Magazine, Helix, and Son and Foe. She has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, The Gateway To The West.
… I must begin by making two points perfectly clear. The first is quite simple. The account you have read in the papers and no doubt also received from the chief of police … is entirely false. My second point is this: there is not now nor has there ever been, a well in my cellar…
– from Hesperia and Glory – (sci-fi)
Ahmed A. Khan – Ahmed is a Canadian writer of speculative fiction, and a member of SF Canada (http://www.sfcanada.ca). He has sold works to Interzone, “Open Spaces”, “Ruins Metropolis”, Anotherealm, etc. He also edited the anthology, “Fall and Rise”, for Whortleberry Press.
… I heard the news reader announce the date. I sat bolt-upright. How could it be the 25th of May, today? Yesterday, when I had gone to sleep, it had been the 20th. What was going on? Had I slept for four days – a modern day Rip Van Winkle? I ran outside, picked up the newspaper…and looked at the date – 21st of May…
– from The Presonic Man – (sci-fi)
NOTE – Any anthology that currently contains stories by our featured authors is now available at a discount through the AB library tab. Click on the story links, above, to preview the story. Next Click the author’s name to peruse their other works in the AB data base, then scroll down to see anthologies containing some of their stories, any of which will qualify for the Featured Author discount.