Three Random Teasers For Halloween

September 26th, 2015 by Jim Fox

Why should the kiddies get all of the goodies?  This Halloween as you wait by the door, enjoy (enjoy?) an anthology of short stories filled with suspense, dread, terror and even humor. Here are three random teasers of stories in just such anthologies. Click on the Anthology title, and click on the story title to preview the story, Click on the author to see other stories they maintain in the A-B database and scroll down to find other anthologies containing their stories. Also, don’t forget to visit the Anthology Builder NEWSLETTER for tips on building your own anthology as well as links to other stories and books. Remember to sign up for this tertile newsletter.

– enjoy,         foxtale

I’ve never really gotten along with crows… crows are nasty. They have this way of looking at you as though they are wondering what you taste like, and whether they can fit their beaks around you. As though they’re smarter than people and know things we don’t… from “Dances With Crows” in the anthology Halloween Havoc

– Near Halloween not all dark creatures stalk the lingering shadows.  Some fly –


The man on the doorstep… waved a badge in her direction… “Leo Martinez, L.A. Unified Child and Welfare Attendance Counselor. That’s a new fangled way of saying, truant officer.” This was really too bizarre, Valeria thought, a human asking permission to cross her threshold… from “Survival Skills” in the anthology From The Shadows

-A mother vampire… struggling to raise two vampire children in Hollywood, encounters her worst challenge yet… the elementary school PTA –


Crimson stained the white drop cloths. Until now, Dee and I had never awoken in the same hotel we checked into… so I’d never seen myself dead, even from a distance. “The first time… it is a bit disturbing,” Dee admitted… You get used to it though”… from “The Wonder Tower” in the anthology Hallowed Ground   (contains some mature content)

-She belonged in this room, with the two-headed calf… and the albino rattlesnake. She could hold a sign declaring “Behold the World’s Only Suicide Junky” –


Linked Note –    “Dances With Crows” a story by M.L. Tentchoff also appears in two other anthologies perfect for Halloween, “Scream In The Forest” and “Twisted Redux.”


We have reopened to submissions!

August 27th, 2015 by Nancy Fulda

Hi, Nancy here, preempting stream from our eminent blog editor James Fox.

After nearly three years in hiatus, AnthologyBuilder is back in business! Beginning immediately, we are open to submissions of previously published manuscripts in most genres.

Please see our Authors’ Guidelines and Artists’ Guidelines for more information.

Featured Writers for Summer 2015

July 16th, 2015 by Jim Fox

Discover the Featured Writers for this summer.   Click on the story titles below to preview the anthologies containing the writers stories.  There click on the story title to preview the story, then click on author’s name to peruse their other stories in the AB database.  Scroll down to see other anthologies containing the author’s work.   – enjoy –

Rayne Hall    – Rayne Hall has published more than fifty books in several languages under several pen names with several publishers in several genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction. She is the author of the bestselling Writer’s Craft series (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, Writing About Villains, Writing About Magic and more) and editor of the Ten Tales short story anthologies. She is a trained publishing manager, holds a masters degree in Creative Writing, and has worked in the publishing industry for over thirty years. Having lived in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has now settled in a small dilapidated town of former Victorian grandeur on the south coast of England where she enjoys reading, gardening and long walks along the seashore. She shares her home with a black cat adopted from the cat shelter. Sulu likes to lie on the desk and snuggle into Rayne’s arms when she’s writing –

”  Carry no valuables at the body and let no strangers in the compartment.” The conductor’s Swiss accent gave his consonants a scratchy quality… “Turn the lock and push the bolt.”  This was a  danger she hadn’t foreseen. “Robbers?” Shelley asked, disbelieving. “Robbers –   yes,” he said gravely, rubbing his red mustache, “And vampires…”

–  from R. Hall’s story  Night Train


Michael Jasper    – Michael grew up in the small town of Dyersville, Iowa, home of “The Field of Dreams,” but he now lives with his wife and two sons in Raleigh, North Carolina. His short story collection Gunning for the Buddha, which Publishers Weekly called “evocative and vivid,” came out from Prime Books in January 2005. His paranormal romance Heart’s Revenge was published by Five Star Books under the pseudonym Julia C. Porter. His near-future SF novel The Wannoshay Cycle came out from Five Star Books in January 2008. Two of Michael’s novels were accepted by Prime Books: A Gathering of Doorways (2008) and Maps & Legends (2009)-

       Night had fallen, yet the moon shone brightly through holes…blasted… in the  ruined roof of  the tower.  Seeker’s eyes had been trained… to see perfectly in  pitch-black night, but… where Fist… the warrior… rested, he doubted what  his  eyes saw… the big man was cradling in his hands a perfect red rose…

–  from M. Jasper’s story  An Outrider’s Tale


Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff  – Author of stories which have made her a finalist for the Nebula, Sidewise and British Science Fiction awards, as well as being published in an Eppie Award-winning anthology – Maya’s fascination with speculative fiction dates from the night her dad let her stay up to watch The Day the Earth Stood Still. Her short fiction has been published in such magazines as Analog, Amazing Stories, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, and Jim Baen’s Universe. Her story “A Cruel and Unusual Punishment” was part of the Eppie Award-winning INFINITE SPACE, INFINITE GOD anthology from Twilight Times Press, while the novelette “O, Pioneer” was a finalist for the Sidewise Award.  Maya is the author of six fantasy novels, most recently Sense of Wonder Press re-released her first novel THE MERI, a Locus Best First Novel nominee. She is also a musician/singer/songwriter and, with husband Jeff, has produced a quartet of CDs: RETROROCKET SCIENCE, MANHATTAN SLEEPS,  ALIENS ATE MY HOMEWORK and MOBIUS STREET.  You can visit the duo’s music site at –

     Plummeting through the pre-dawn sky, all Qtzl could think of was that his family  would never know what had happened to him. He would burn his epitaph across  an alien sky, alone, while the only eyes that would see him – alien eyes –  would mark him as a meteor … only it didn’t happen that way…

–  from M. Bohnhoff’s story  Ask Arlen


Marissa LingenIs a freelance writer living in Minnesota with two large men and one small dog –

       Leah was the new girl, pretty, exotic, and a little wild. There were all sorts of  rumors about what she’d done with boys at her old school. I didn’t believe the rumors, but I didn’t stick up for her either…

–  from M. Lingen’s story  Seven Minutes In Heaven


***Linked Note***  During these “dog days of summer” AnthologyBuilder is pleased to include dog stories by some of these featured authors in the anthology –  ’bout dogs and DOGS  –  currently available at a discount through the library tab. Click on the anthology, then Click on a story title for a preview. Next Click the author’s name to peruse their other works in the AB data base, and scroll down to see other anthologies containing some of their stories, any of which will qualify for the Featured Author discount. ***

Thumbnail Sketch of “Total Two”

April 12th, 2015 by Jim Fox

The anthology, Total Two, in the AB database is a compilation of short stories by two dozen writers, several of them well known.  And the remainder of the stories are from emerging new writers. But what is unique is how much can be said, or read, in just two pages. Each of the stories in this thin but intriguing book is only two pages long.  Running the gamut from Science Fiction, to Mainstream Humor, TOTAL TWO is an enjoyable collection, and a brief look at some of the work produced by these writers. Click on the anthology, then to peruse the stories, Click on the titles. From there, Click the author’s name to scan through their other works, or Scroll down to see other anthologies in the AB Library that contain more of their work.

Enjoy  –  foxtale

** Linked note: – Lord Dunsany, whose short Alone the Immortals, is presented in this anthology, also is published in the anthology, Mortal Immortals, along with stories by modern writers as well as by other luminaries of past eras, such as Mary Shelly and Oscar Wilde –

Featured Anthologies To Welcome 2015

January 24th, 2015 by Jim Fox

Commuter’s Special – Two books with a total of 170 short stories, each story easily finished before your stop.  Resolve to read more in 2015. As both are currently discounted, why not order both for a total of only $26 then climb aboard your train, bus, or car-pool and start reading some interesting fiction; fantasy, intrigue, terror, mainstream, and sci-fi.

*Anthology 1* Short Short Stories – beginning with  Gary Cuba’s Sm@ll But Obvious Differences  contains 96 short stories, each only 3 pages or less and each an easy read on the train or in the car pool.

*Anthology 2* Shorter Stories – beginning with Tim McDaniel’s The List  contains 74 short stories, each only 4 pages, again ideal for the rail commuter or suburban car-pooler.  

***Linked Notes*** David de Beer, author of a story in  Short Short Stories,  also presents this story in the anthology  Storm Front  and Nancy Fulda, author of a story in  Shorter Stories,   has another story in  Celestial Horizons

Thumbnail – NEW FICTION From the AB 2014 Data-base

December 29th, 2014 by Jim Fox

Here are a few thumbnail sketches by authors of new fiction that they added to the Anthology Builder Archives in 2014.

Click the stories to preview, then click authors’ name to preview their other stories in the data base,

and scroll down to see anthologies containing one or more of their stories. Or build your own custom anthology, it’s easy!

                 –    enjoy,     foxtale    –


They were the enemy in a no-quarter war.  The Junior war.  No mercy, no prisoners.  Except one day they took one  -FMK

In the third year of the Junior Wars, we captured one. We dragged it to the castle kicking and screaming, fighting us every step of the way. It bit Marco on the shoulder, hard, and for a minute there the rest of us were fingering our weapons, eyeing him with a mixture of fear and incipient hatred, though we knew it wasn’t contagious. Not that way at least…

Prisoner of War   Floris M. Kleijne


September 4, 1909 – He was the most striking man at the auction.  Lourdes found her eyes drawn to that unknown man on the far side of the paddock – JKC

The mare wasn’t the one she’d come for, but Lourdes kept her eyes fixed on her anyway. The horse danced nervously in the corral. Calm, Lourdes thought at the creature. Safe. The mare’s nervous steps stopped and she stood still…

Snowfall–  J. Kathleen Cheney


A gadget geek’s excitement over his new -Ambient Web smartphone-,  already tempered by the producer’s apparent submission to commerce,  turns to dust when his best friend’s sister goes missing – FMK
“Hello, David,” the voice sounded softly in his ears. That was one rumor confirmed: the Gen4 team had decided to bypass the built-in speakers if the user had implants. He could see how that might become annoying at some point, and made a mental note to ferret out the relevant setting…

Mashup  Floris M. Kleijne


In the distant future mankind sent a ship with five thousand people into the depths of space to colonize a new world called Terra Seconda: Second Earth. But their journey takes 400 years – SW

It wasn’t paradise on this vessel. Robert could only imagine the torment and torture these five-thousand people experienced… the Arbitrators predicted the population to double by the time they arrived at Second Earth… Robert knew without tough controls …over sex… the population would … overtax the delicate resources of the ship. Humans bred like rodents and he was the exterminator to control the numbers…

UnyieldingShane Ward


It’s Halloween, and all the kids are trickin’ and treatin’. But is all that candy good for them… or bad… or worse – FMK

Sander’s face was a grinning skull painted in an unhealthy shade of dull creamy white. His own dark eyes all but disappeared into the black holes Jane had drawn around them; his nose was a sharp black triangle; gaping and crooked teeth were painted over his lips. Jane had used a black dye to color his hair…

Trick or Treat Floris M. Kleijne


***Linked Note***  ‘The Girl Who Wanted To Fly’  by Shane Ward, is currently in the anthology  Celestial Horizon

Three Random Teasers for Winter 2014

November 28th, 2014 by Jim Fox

Three Random Teasers   –  for Winter 2014   –   Lets hope this winter and the New Year see better luck for the space travel companies trying to launch orbit-bound payloads.   In the meantime here are some random teasers from stories in which the authors have no trouble imagining space travel and the emotions, feelings, and actions of the participants.   Click  the Book Link to peruse the anthology containing the story.   Click  the story title to preview the story.   Click  the authors name and Scroll  down to see their stories and anthologies containing one or more of their stories in the AB Database.    Or,  build your own   Anthology.                                             – enjoy,   foxtale 


… The cold January air still clung to Karen, and gently but quite suddenly, the cold permeated Sid’s room. Almost imperceptibly, he shivered. Then, above the red wool scarf that was tucked up under Karen’s chin, she smiled, and the room felt warm again. With her hands behind her back, Karen sauntered toward her father’s wheelchair.

“I have something for you,” she said… from behind her back she produced a toy spaceship…

–  from   PILGRIMS   by   Diane Gallant    anthology  link


I am Sayla and this house is open to any who seek shelter. This is my daughter, Asha.”

The girl nodded, setting her curls bobbing.

The silver-haired stranger introduced herself, “I am Evriel Pashtan, emissary of our lord high regent.”

“Emissary?” the woman, Sayla, said blankly.

“You are?” the girl blurted, “From Alabaster?”

“From the home star – it’s not possible,” said Sayla, “The ships don’t come anymore, not even to Colonth…”

–  from   Lady of the White-Spired City   by  Sarah L. Edwards   anthology  link


You’re twenty-three,” John said.  “You don’t need your Mum’s permission.

“Twenty-four,” Mel corrected. “I know,” she added, about the permission.

“This is the chance of a lifetime, Mel, I thought you would have done it by now.”

Mel nodded. John was right. She should be getting her implants by now. It wasn’t every spastic, blind, twenty-four year old cripple who won the lottery to explore the stars… chosen for the chance to be a probe controller…

–  from   To Kiss The Star,   a 2002 Nebula Award nominated story,   by  Amy Sterling Casil    anthology  link                    


 *Linked Note*   SURVIVAL  STRATEGIES   by  Vaughan Stanger   also appears in   March of the Robots        

Three Random Teasers for November 2014

November 2nd, 2014 by Jim Fox

For November, you may enjoy this eclectic and random selection of short stories; one story acknowledges the sacrifices required of our veterans, another is about finding the right turkey, and lastly is a story about a toy space ship utilized by a different type of pilgrim.  Each is a short story hammered out by a talented wordsmith; two classic authors and a new talent. Peruse these stories; click on the link, from there click the authors name to see their other works in the AB data base, then scroll down to see anthologies containing one or more of their stories. Or perhaps, BUILD an anthology of your own. Enjoy   – foxtale

WAR and rumors of war. That, and naught else, was what was to be heard flying across the country from west to east along its southern border. Conductors, brakemen, porters, and the desert-dusty cattlemen who boarded the train at the last stop seemed unaware of anything else under the dome of heaven but war…        Jack London       Story link     Anthology Link

…I followed an ostensibly lame turkey over a considerable part of the United States one morning, because I believed in her and could not think she would deceive a mere boy, and one who was trusting her and considering her honest…     Mark Twain     Story Link       Anthology Link

… The cold January air still clung to Karen, and gently but quite suddenly, the cold permeated Sid’s room. Almost imperceptibly, he shivered. Then, above the red wool scarf that was tucked up under Karen’s chin, she smiled, and the room felt warm again. With her hands behind her back, Karen sauntered toward her father’s wheelchair. “I have something for you,” she said…     Diane Gallant     Story Link      Anthology Link


—-     Linked  NOTE  —  Jack London’s famous and jaded dispatch ‘The Red Game Of War’ appears in the anthology ‘Soldier’s Song’ and his humorous Housekeeping in the Klondike is included in the anthology ‘Camp Staff Escalator’

Three Random Teasers – Fall 2014

September 2nd, 2014 by Jim Fox

As the shadows lengthen and summer fades into fall, the time of bon-fires, school-days and Halloween rolls around.

Here are three random teasers from the AnthologyBuilder database of short stories; searched word “Halloween.”

Click the anthology link to view the book, then click the story title to preview story, from there click author’s name and scroll down to see their works in the AB database, or other anthologies containing one or more of their stories. Then perhaps, order an anthology from the Library Tab.

Enjoy these anthologies, or BUILD one of your own!



Trick Or Treat  – Floris M. Kleijne

..Sander’s face was a grinning skull painted in an unhealthy shade of dull creamy white…. Halloween, and all the kids are trickin’ and treatin’.  But is all that candy good for them… or bad… or worse?

 Anthology  Link  –  Mashup


Dances With Crows   – Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

….crows are nasty. They have this way of looking at you, as though they’re wondering what you taste like, and whether they can fit their beaks round you…

Anthology Link Scream In The Forest


The Splatterfairies’ Halloween   – Shalanna Collins

…. the naughty fairies … spread chaos throughout the multiverse… when the veil between the worlds thins, the fairies come to us…

Anthology Link –Scarecrows and Pumpkin Heads

—————Linked Note- Dances With Crows also appears in the anthology Twisted Redux

Featured A-B Writers for the Summer of 2014

June 28th, 2014 by Jim Fox


Presenting – The Featured Writers of this summer 2014.

To preview one of their stories in AnthologyBuilder, click the anthology link, then scroll to their story. Click author’s name to access their stories currently in the AnthologyBuilder data-base. Then scroll down to find other anthologies containing their work. Want to read more? Peruse other anthologies in the AB library.

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass, and the 2011 Hugo-award winning short story, “For Want of a Nail.” In 2008 she received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and has been nominated for the Hugo and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor, recording fiction for authors such as Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and a dozen manual typewriters. Visit

… She didn’t want to think about what would happen if she couldn’t repair the damage…  –For Want of a Nail  –

Anthology Link – An Eclectic Ten From Twelve

Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, and has done extensive research in the areas of human memory and language. His background in the study of the behavior and the mind provide a principal metaphor for his fiction. In 2007 he was a finalist for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2010 he was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story. He currently works as the director of research and chief compliance officer for a series of mental health and addiction treatment facilities. He’s also one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Klingon language, having championed the exploration of this constructed tongue and lectured on this unique topic throughout the world. He lives just outside of Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a speaker of Klingon.  – not yap wa’ Hol

… eight leased buffalo dogs were already chewing enormous tunnels into the Martian rock…   –A Buffalito of Mars

Anthology Link – ’bout dogs and DOGS

Deborah J. Ross writing as Deborah Wheeler, wrote JAYDIUM (1993) and NORTHLIGHT (1995), as well as stories published in ASIMOV’S, FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, SISTERS OF THE NIGHT, STAR WARS: TALES FROM JABBA’S PALACE, REALMS OF FANTASY, and almost all of the SWORD & SORCERESS and Darkover anthologies. Her most recent projects — under her birth name, Ross — include Darkover novels with the late Marion Zimmer Bradley and an original fantasy series, THE SEVEN-PETALED SHIELD.  Her 2008 editorial debut, LACE AND BLADE (Norilana Books) was received so enthusiastically that it became an annual anthology.

… he moved through the room with the deliberate grace of a tiger…  –For King and Country – 

Anthology Link –  Adoration


Linked Note ….. A ‘Buffalito of Mars’ also appears in ‘Stories That Caught My Eye’