A short story by J. D. Brink
The man they call Shovel is a neutral instrument. He’s buried more than his fair share of men. And built his boss, August Alexander, a criminal empire.
But when August suddenly becomes obsessed with a tiny wooden doll, even Shovel can’t remain neutral for long. Or escape the doll’s spell.
A crime-noir tale with a horror twist.
This short story is also featured in Eating in the Underworld, a collection of dark urban fantasy.
A short novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
When Helmie—a pampered Persian cat worth millions—goes missing, the estate hires not one but two investigators to find him.
Kelsie uses magic to track down lost animals. But in this case, even she wonders if she can find Helmie.
Travis normally uses his investigation skills to track down people, not lost pets. And he works alone.
But when the pair find themselves on the same trail to Helmie’s whereabouts, they realize finding Helmie will prove only the beginning. Rescuing him might just take more magic than any of them realize.
Part of Bewitching Love, an Uncollected Anthology.
“Rusch is a great storyteller.”
—RT Book Reviews
A short story by Chuck Heintzelman
Kaikala longed to leave her island and visit far-away lands. She wanted to see the exotic places described by warriors around the nightly campfires.
But only warriors left the island. Girls could not be warriors.
When a strange man washes up on the beach, she finally gets her wish for adventure.
And she learns BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.