Featured Anthologies To Welcome 2015

January 24th, 2015

- 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

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…

- SnowfallJ. 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

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

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

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 www.maryrobinettekowal.com

… 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  

                                          Book Link

-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

                                    Book Link

-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

                                 Book Link

 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; here are three examples -
…    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!
    ** Linked Note **  Sergeant Gus And The Day Of Joy   also appears in   Soldier’s Song

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.’