Three Random Teasers – Fall 2014

September 2nd, 2014

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


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’



May 21st, 2014

Recent international events have brought about rumblings that in the near future Russia may block US access to the International Space Station, currently orbiting the earth.  It is hard to imagine the US not in space.  But it is obvious from the following selection of tales, in Anthology Builder’s archives, that these writers have no problem imagining living aboard a space station.

Click the anthology link then click story titles to preview the stories. From there, click the authors’ names to peruse their other stories in the archives, then scroll down to locate other anthologies containing their stories.    —-  enjoy – foxtale


-Veteran spacer Victoria Lewis heeds her old mentor’s dying wish that she join him in orbit for a special journey aboard an abandoned station leftover from a bygone era…

“Station Thirteen”  – by Camille Alexa,  available in the anthology,  Existence  

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-The Gary Hudson Exospheric Laboratory rotated lazily against an expanse of brilliant stars. Sunlight glinted off its blockish airlock, accentuating the trellises that joined its three concentric rings…

“That Undiscovered Country” - by Nancy Fulda,  available in the anthology,    An Eclectic Ten From Twelve

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-Izzy’s new job aboard the solar station orbiting Earth becomes more complicated when she begins receiving cryptic messages from a ghost… (A winner in the “L Ron Hubbard presents the Writers of the Future” 2010 contest.)

“Digital Rights” - by Brent Knowles,  available in the anthology,  Eight

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 Linked Note - The story ‘Station Thirteen’ also appears in A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES in the AB Library

Featured Anthology – Joy’s Galaxy of fun

March 16th, 2014
JOY’S GALAXY OF FUN -edited by Joy V. Smith
A delightful 242 page collection of fun and imaginative stories including spoofs and puns.
Some stories abound in humor, some sci-fi  and some of intrigue;
…    Perhaps you recall that Emperor Charlemagne had his majestic sword “Joyeuse” and King Arthur, a spectacular singing sword, called “Excalibur.” But then there is the weapon James carries. It is but a small throwing dagger, intriguingly accurate, as described in “Blade of the Bunny.”
…    Larry had just finished a delicious sweet and sour pork dinner with an astronomer seated beside him at the China Cafe` in London. Both warily looked at the cracked-open fortune cookie. Larry couldn’t possibly be prepared for a fortune stating, “A meteor will kill you in five minutes,” but would his dinner companion have any helpful advice?
…    A crescendo of jeers and cheers greeted the Marine Corps Recruiter as he stepped out onto the Berkeley sidewalk, yet in his heart Sergeant Gus felt unbounded joy.
…    These three stories and many, many more!

Three Random Teasers for this Recurrent Winter

February 25th, 2014

 Our East Coast , Midwest and even the South can’t seem to shake off winter this year.  Perhaps giving a begrudging acknowledgement to ol’ man winter will make him leave!

Selecting “winter” as a  Search Phrase  will provide many stories in Anthology Builder that would be ideal in an anthology. Here are three, one by a contemporary writer, and two classic writers. Do you recognize them?                          Good Luck   -  foxtale

 New Year’s Eve was very cold. At home it was cold too, for above her she had only the roof, through which the wind whistled, even though the largest cracks were stopped up with straw and rags. Her little hands were almost numbed with cold. Oh! a match might afford her a world of comfort, if she only dared take a single one out of the bundle, draw it against the wall, and warm her fingers by it.                   Story Link

 A hollow howl resounded from the rocky crags, the only motion a small whirlwind of powder conjured by the gusting wind. She flicked the spelunker flashlight on her forehead on. The beam sparkled on a one of the forms, an almost human statue of ice; too-long arms spread wide like a scarecrow, animal mouth open in a frozen scream. Its melted and refrozen lower body gave the appearance of being fused with the ground.                    Story Link

 He was very selfish about his garden. The only people who were pleased were the Snow and the Frost. “Spring has forgotten this garden,” they cried, “so we will live here all the year round.” The Snow covered up the grass with her great white cloak, and the Frost painted all the trees silver. Then they invited the North Wind to stay with them, and he came. He was wrapped in furs, and he roared all day about the garden, and blew the chimney-pots down.        Story  Link

Click the links to preview each story, then click authors’ names and scroll to bottom of story lists to see anthologies containing their stories, or BUILD your own anthology!

 ** Linked Note ** Daniel Braum’s story “The Yeti’s Hand” also appears in the anthology “Twisted Redux”



January 25th, 2014

(Do you recognize these stories? hint: Dark Fantasy)

I found these teasers intriguing, haunting, even macabre and so I’ve presented them here, –as always no endorsement of the stories is implied-          foxtale


What will the price be, I wondered.  In the doorway where Sally-pher usually sat, was a round of flattened grass, and a half-finished basket small as a thimble. Caught between the posts, a shimmer of scale. Squinting down the knoll I thought I saw a thick serpentine path of crushed green where he has passed. Oh yes. I knew then who stole my darling… SCALES


Jeremiah August buried his grandfather in the cemetery of Calamite, a remote, high-plains ghost town.  Alone now, Jeremiah was walking along the empty boardwalk of the Calamite Hotel when a young hitchhiker with a mysterious past arrived, bringing with her chaos and troubles that Jeremiah had never known.           The Last Man In Town


Quietly, so that not a floorboard creaked, he walked to the stairs. A sound came from behind him, high pitched, mewling. In one fluid motion he scooped up the cat that had followed him in. It yowled, squirmed, flailed the air with needle claws. His fingers clenched on its neck. A muscle jumped in his cheek. Then, with a flick of his wrist the alien assassin threw the cat away from him. It twisted as it fell, landed four-square, shook itself and bolted down the stairs, tail high.

 “Stupid little cat,” he whispered, “I didn’t mean to hurt you.” Then he went on upstairs. He found the body in the bedroom…



Click link to preview story, click author’s name, scroll to the bottom of  story index page to find anthologies containing their stories. Or, build your own!

***linked post – another of Liz Holliday’s stories appears in ‘Before Kindle.’ 

3 Random Teasers, ABC’s for the New Year

December 18th, 2013

As we enter the New Year, it might be a bit of fun to look at the A B C’s that make up the library of Anthology Builder.

Each of these anthologies  was compiled by a writer whose works also reside in the AB library. Click the blue or orange link of the Anthology for an overview of the book. Then scroll down and Click the content titles for a preview of the stories. Next Click the Author to peruse their stories in the AB database, or scroll down to see other anthologies containing their work.

Start the New Year off right, read a book….or  compile  your own from almost 1500 stories in the A-B archive !

Enjoy – foxtale


Attack of the Pod People compiled by Merrie Haskell
Pod-cast stories are selected for pace and energy… so these stories should be fast and entertaining reads!


’bout dogs and DOGS  compiled by James Fox

These are stories ’bout dogs and DOGS…Everyday dogs … Mystery DOGS…Stories that will make you laugh. Stories that will make you wonder.


Cuckoo compiled by Chris Butler

Stories by writers of modern Science Fiction and Fantasy… some of the very best writers working today.

***   linked note *** Chris Butler’s story ‘Cuckoo’ is also among the other Sci-Fi selections in Planet Interzone.


Featured Anthology – Foam on the Water, Mermaid Stories

November 1st, 2013

Far out at sea the water is as blue as the bluest cornflower and as clear as the clearest crystal; but it is very deep, too deep for any cable to fathom… it is down there that the mermen live…

So begins “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen. This time honored tale appears in “Foam on the Water, Mermaid Stories,” the currently featured anthology at Anthology Builder.   But it isn’t all fairytales and froth, there are a few dark mermaid stories by modern writers and some other stories that intrigue as well. So, kick off the Club-Med sandals, fold back the cover of this book easily ordered from the AB Library and enjoy these treasures from the deep.


** Linked Note         Marcie Lynn Tentchoff and Melissa Mead also have stories in the anthologies mentioned in  3 Random Teasers About Short Stuff

3 Random Teasers about Short Stuff

October 21st, 2013

Got a minute? Perhaps you are facing a subway commute, or having to wait in the doctor’s office. Wouldn’t it be nice to whip out a paperback and polish off two or three stories while killing time?

Yes, maybe you could use a little “me-time” away from the kids, pets, and mundane duties of the suburbs. But perhaps that just isn’t going to happen as you will discover in the humorous short -short story “No Pug Intended” currently in Short Short Stories now found in the AnthologyBuilder library. None of the stories in this anthology run more than three pages. All have been previously published.

Got a little more time, because perhaps you always end up sitting in the doctors office? Then Shorter Stories in the AnthologyBuilder library might be just right for you. But try not to end up with so much time on your hands that you invent a diabolical rubber-band shooting contraption as two youngsters did in “The Broomstick Bazooka.” This humorous story is in this anthology among others from all genres. None runs more than four pages.

What if your kids were “Quite Contrary” but you could just toss them into the washer and dryer should they come in from play all muddy?  An odd story found in Three Pages or Less in the AB library.  This is a collection of previously published stories that are, well… all three pages or less!

So the choice is yours, a mixture of fun stories, humor, science fiction, speculative  fiction, but quick read stories, all, and easily available from Anthology Builder.

To preview, click on the links above, click on a story and read the preview. Click on the authors name and scroll down to see other anthologies containing one or more of their stories.

enjoy  – foxtale

                      *linked note*         the story “No Pug Intended” also appears as the lead story in the anthology ’bout dogs and DOGS available from the AB library.

Featured Anthology – BENEATH

September 14th, 2013

In Beneath, B. Barnett  draws upon her visits to the Bowers Museum to pen the story of Koro, a high priest of his society.

The Bowers Museum of Cultural History is one of California’s finest museums, nestled in Orange County on the southern California coast.  Its mission is to celebrate world cultures through their arts, and over the last 15 years the museum has offered more than 50 cultural exhibits that have then traveled nationally and internationally.  With this study behind her, Barnett weaves a believable story of the great privileges as well as greater responsibilities of leadership.

“Around and far below him, the comfortable thin-limbed brown people waited in a nearly perfect arc. In his stratified society, Koro knew few of them. He watched them labor daily at his behest.  He nodded approvingly as they paid tribute they could ill afford. It was the adhesive that held his society together…”

BENEATH is currently the Featured Anthology at Anthology Builder.

-linked note – Jack London writes of tribal rituals in ‘The Red One’ currently found in Loving the Alien anthology