[New Release] Tales of Excellent Cats

Tales of Excellent Cats | Edited by Melanie Meadors

I’m so excited today! I have a new short story to share with you called “Arrows, Blood, and a Long Overdue Catnap”. This short story is set in the fantasy setting Monarchies of Mau and is part of an anthology titled Tales of Excellent Cats. The main character, Zach, is inspired by my orange tabby. Nicknamed “Lord Lardbottom” due to his unique features, he is a polydactal manx and I love him dearly. He doesn’t move around like most cats because he has no tail and extra toes–just like Zach in the story.

Preview of “Arrows, Blood, and a Long Overdue Catnap”

Zachary slumped against the side of the Sneakin’ Inn to wait for his next client in the
alleyway. He’d have preferred to meet inside at midday instead of outside at sunset, but
while the Sneakin’ Inn served award-winning mead, the noisy tavern was also a popular
destination for opportunistic thieves and spies. Zach hated all that cloak-and-dagger stuff
because he couldn’t sneak around or pick a pocket — even if he wanted to.

No, Zach was good at two things, punching and napping, but only liked one of them. If
he could afford it, the older orange tabby would spend his afternoons dreaming about his
younger days, back when he was a lithe scrapper taking on those oh-so-proud members
of House Korat. He didn’t have the fancy pedigree, house, or coin required to lie about in
his hammock all day. What he did have was an intimidating reputation. His closest friends called him “Lord Doglover” on account of his doglike meaty paws — seven digits on each one! — and extra heft in his tailless, round bottom from a love of dog mead. He hated the nickname, but he let his friends get away with it. When his massive fists landed a blow, most other cats didn’t say much of anything.

Thankfully, Zachary figured out a way his unique “talent” could earn him enough coin
to keep his thatched roof from leaking. Being a guard for hire wasn’t enough to get him
off a steady diet of dried cod and the occasional pinch of lake grass, though, not for a poor tomcat like himself. Oh, what he wouldn’t offer to the Temple of the Nine for a freshly cooked hen? Or a smoked duck! But Zach wasn’t the wishful-thinking type; he knew no amount of prayer could whip up an expensive feast. Coin was the only thing that mattered. He preferred to earn his coin legally, but sometimes he didn’t have the luxury of picking his clients. Hopefully, Zach still had a few lives left. If not? Well, he didn’t want to think about it. Nobody paid him to be a philosopher; his clients gave him coin to ensure their safety.

“Zachary? Von…Shadow?” A cloaked figure stepped from behind a stack of empty barrels, and the waning light of the sun behind them cast a long shadow as if to say: Be careful, Zach. This cat’s not to be trusted.

To read the rest of the story, check out Tales of Excellent Cats from Onyx Path Publishing which was edited by Melanie Meadors. This collection of short stories is now available in multiple formats. You can grab a copy of this fun cat-themed anthology on DriveThruFiction.com, Amazon.com, and the Barnes and Noble Nook store.

Read “My Name Is Cybernetic Model XR389F, and I Am Beautiful” for Free!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 25 | Cover art by John Picacio

Hey readers! Today I’m pleased to inform you that Uncanny Magazine Issue 25 in all its beautiful glory, is now available for you to read online. My short story, “My Name Is Cybernetic Model XR389F, and I Am Beautiful”, went live today along with “The Thing about Ghost Stories” by Naomi Kritzer.

There are a LOT of great stories, poems, and essays in this issue which also includes “How to Swallow the Moon” by Isabel Yap, “An Account in the Land of Witches” by Sofia Samatar, “Smile” by Beth Cato, “Monologue by an unnamed mage, recorded at the brink of the end” by Cassandra Khaw, and a primer for Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy by Steven Silver.

For the full Table of Contents, ways to support Uncanny Magazine, and free-to-read stories, poetry, and essays, you can visit Uncanny Magazine Issue 25. Huzzah!

Mark Your Calendars! My Upcoming Story in Uncanny Magazine

Uncanny Magazine | Issue 25

Hello readers! I am pleased to announce I will have a short story titled “My Name is Cybernetic Model XR389F, and I Am Beautiful” appearing in Uncanny Magazine alongside these very fine contributors. The date next to the contributions reflect when the short story will be available to read online. For more information, please visit UncannyMagazine.com.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 25 Table of Contents

Cover
John Picacio- La Valiente

Editorial
The Uncanny Valley (11/6)

Fiction
Isabel Yap- “How to Swallow the Moon” (11/6)
T. Kingfisher- “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society” (11/6)
Naomi Kritzer- “The Thing About Ghost Stories” (12/4)
Monica Valentinelli- “My Name is Cybernetic Model XR389F, and I Am Beautiful” (12/4)
Cassandra Khaw- “Monologue by an unnamed mage, recorded at the brink of the end” (12/4)
Reprint
Sofia Samatar- “An Account of the Land of Witches” (11/6)

Essays
Diana M. Pho- “ConCrit in Comments Only: What Writing Fanfiction Taught Me as an Editor” (11/6)
Steven H Silver- “Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Primer” (11/6)
Sarah Goslee- “There and Back Again” (12/4)
Nilah Magruder- “Through a Painted Door: An Ode to Children’s Science Fiction/Fantasy Art” (12/4)

Poetry
Beth Cato- “smile” (11/6)
Hal Y. Zhang- “cardioid” (11/6)
Leah Bobet- “Osiris” (12/4)
Sharon Hsu- “Translatio” (12/4)

Interviews
Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Isabel Yap (11/6)
Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Monica Valentinelli (12/4)

Podcast 25A (11/6)
T. Kingfisher- “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society,” as read by Erika Ensign
Hal Y. Zhang- “cardioid,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon)

Podcast 25B (12/4)
Naomi Kritzer- “The Thing About Ghost Stories,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Leah Bobet- “Osiris,” as read by Erika Ensign
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Naomi Kritzer

Announcing the Table of Contents for Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories

Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories

In churches and convents and other religious communities, sisterhood takes many forms, forged and tested by such mundane threats as disease and despair, but also by terrors both spiritual and cosmic—Satan’s subtle minions and the Lovecraftian nightmare of the Outer Gods. Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories presents sixteen horror stories by some of the genre’s leading female voices. Their settings range around the globe and across the centuries, from 14th century Spain to 17th century Virginia to England in the present day.

Contributors include such award-winning and critically acclaimed authors as Nadia Bulkin, Livia Llewellyn, Molly Tanzer, Sun Yung Shin, Gemma Files, Kaaron Warren, Damien Angelica Walters, and Selena Chambers. With original cover art by Liv Rainey-Smith.

Table of Contents

“The Wine of Men” by Ann K. Schwader
“From an Honest Sister, to a Neglected Daughter” by Monica Valentinelli
“Étaín and the Unholy Ghosts” by Lisa Morton
“The Barefoot Sisters of Saint Beatriz of the Mountain” by Kali Wallace
“Unburdened Flesh” by Penelope Love
“Only Dead Men Do Not Lie: The Trials of the Formosans” by Kaaron Warren
“Jane, Jamestown, The Starving Time” by Sun Yung Shin
“Dorcas and Ann: A True Story” by Molly Tanzer
“The Resurrected” by S. P. Miskowski
“The Low, Dark Edge of Life” by Livia Llewellyn
“The Anchoress” by Lynda E. Rucker
“Siūlais ir Kraujo ir Kaulų (Of Thread and Blood and Bone)” by Damien Angelica Walters
“Gravity Wave” by Nadia Bulkin
“The Veils of Sanctuary” by Selena Chambers
“The Sisters of Epione” by Alison Littlewood
“Red Words” by Gemma Files

Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories
Edited by Nate Pedersen
CHA6058
SRP $17.99
ISBN 978-1-56882-464-2
272 pages
Trade paperback

For pre-orders and availability, visit your local bookstore, library, or watch for it on sites like DriveThruFiction.com.

A New Alchemical Addition to a Rare Auction

Dear readers,

Today I am happy to share with you that I have finished my preparations to ensure a mysterious book called the Mythica d’Argent(1) will be included in book filled with similar listings for other, enigmatic tomes of the occult.

This new book, called The Dagon Collection, will be a follow-up to The Starry Wisdom Library edited by Nate Pedersen.

More news will be forthcoming!

(1) Mark this as a momentous occasion, for reasons I’ll get into later.

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