Featured Writers To Begin Leap Year 2016

January 24th, 2016 by Jim Fox

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.


Thumbnail Sketch; Top 5 Of 2015

December 25th, 2015 by Jim Fox

As the first day of Winter rolled around for 2015, we did a quick survey of Anthology Builder’s best sellers to date. Click on the italic link to view the anthology contents. Click the stories to preview them. Click the author’s name to view other stories they have in the AB database, scroll down to find other anthologies containing their stories.

Heading the top sellers list was They Laughed at Me in Vienna and other stories by Tim McDaniel. In his intro to this collection of science fiction tales Tim defines the lead story “Domestic Arrangements” as the story of an unusual household, as is his “Why the Aliens Did What They Did to that Suburb of Madison, Wisconsin.” He leaves it to the reader to decide which is more appealing.

Next on the list was another anthology by Tim McDaniel, Dungeons and Dental Plans, a compilation of some of his fantasy and science fiction works. The lead off story is “Seasons Greetings” which is a spoof of those holiday letters people send out to update the readers on the past year. Tim has included letters from superheroes, aliens, mad scientists and even an art teacher! A fun humorous read.

At spot number three was Transfusion by Deborah J. Ross. The anthology‘s title is also the first story, exploring the intriguing concept of redemption for a vampire. Deborah describes her style of writing as sometimes finding a story inside herself. “…I find one inside myself. I rage and pace and weep as I write, praying all the time I can manage to come close to that vision. Sometimes it feels as if I have not so much written the story as been midwife to it.”

The next spot was nabbed by Awards Weekend, containing stories  by eleven attendees of the 2012 Nebula Awards. The lead-off story, “Jaiden’s Weaver”,  is by 2011 Nebula Award Honoree, Mary Robinette Kowal. Most of the other authors in this anthology have stories published among several anthologies in the AnthologyBuilder library. Click the author’s name to find other stories in the AB database, and scroll down to find other anthologies containing that author’s stories.

The fifth spot was held by Soldier’s Song, an  anthology by James Fox. A collection of stories by Classic writers, such as Kipling, Jack London and Steven Crane, as well as a modern writer. These are not stories written by the soldier, but by those who follow the wars closely; the correspondents traveling with the troops, as well as the families back at home, carefully reading the dispatches and listening to the nightly news.

  • enjoy    –   foxtale

***Linked POST – Lawrence M. Schoen, one of the authors in ‘Awards Weekend’, also has a story in ’bout dogs and DOGS’ available through the AB Library. His latest Sci-fi novel, BARSK, is being released through Amazon, December 29th.


3 Random Teasers For Winter 2015

November 2nd, 2015 by Jim Fox

As winter approaches there is much to occupy our thoughts. The High School football teams press onward toward Homecoming celebrations and bonfires.  Although the days left for Christmas shopping grow ever shorter, there is still time to order an Anthology as a stocking stuffer for a favorite someone!  Then, all too soon,  New Year’s Eve will be upon us.

Here are Three Random Teasers from STORIES in AnthologyBuilder’s archives that cover these happenings, sometimes with a unique perspective.  After the teaser, Click the Anthology Link, then scroll down through the contents to find the story. Click the title to preview the story. Then click the author’s name to view their other stories, then scroll down to see other anthologies in the AB Library containing their work.  Or Build your own anthology, perhaps as a stocking stuffer for someone’s holiday surprise.

Also don’t forget to check out Anthology Builder’s Newsletter.

                          enjoy  –  foxtale 


Coach was about to go crazy his own self. In the twenty-five years he had been coach, he had done some very extreme things to keep us in the running. But this time he was all out of inspirations. Then, right out of the blue, Lurilene Packet comes up to him and says, “Coach, if you want, I’ll play on the team.” She was always a quiet and shy girl who never was pushy or anything…

How To Win At Football (Without Really Trying)   by  Tommy Bird

 -growing up with five older brothers taught Luri to fight for what she wanted-   Anthology Link 


Of course Santa doesn’t personally tend to his light tree. Being manager of a vast program that covers much of the North Pole, Santa delegates a lot of the day to day work. A crack team of elves is assigned to watch the tree. They are shepherds of Santa’s lights…

Elf In The Attic by  Ray Rebmann

on a special mission for Santa to help save a child’s belief in … ChristmasAnthology Link


The flakes of snow covered her long fair hair, which fell in beautiful curls around her neck; but of that, of course, she never once now thought. From all the windows the candles were gleaming, and it smelt so deliciously of roast goose, for you know it was New Year’s Eve …

The Little Match Girl by  Hans Christian Anderson

  – poignant story of a little match seller’s dreams of warmth and happiness –   Anthology Link


Linked NOTES – The A-B blog entries from January and April 2015  could provide the links you need to find collections of short (very short) stories that would be just right for stocking stuffers this holiday season.


Featured Anthologies To Close Out Autumn 2015

October 29th, 2015 by Jim Fox

STORM FRONT – Wind – Sleet – Snow

A collection of short stories about wind and storms, ice, sleet and snow, and dread in the dark of night.

…. I had a dream, which was not a dream. The bright sun was extinguished, and the stars did wander darkling in the eternal space, rayless, and pathless and the icy Earth swung blind and blackening in the moonless air…..

  – from Lord Byron’s apocalyptic vision, ‘Darkness’  inspired by the Mount Tambora eruption that caused “The Year Without Summer” 1816 –


A ROSE FOR YOU – A Literary Anthology

A literary anthology that, like the call of the sea, allows you to immerse yourself in another world.

…. She saw him first through a mist of ocean spray.  He stood on the precipice of rock overhanging the crashing  waves in which she dwelt. He stared toward her, dazed by her siren song…in a moment he would jump…

from Sandra Tayler’s introduction into “Stories That Bind” 2008


Linked Note *** Lord Byron’s ‘Darkness’ also appears in the apocalyptic anthology ‘It Ends In Fire.’

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 www.jeffandmaya.com –

     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