Small and Independent Press Highlights


An eclectic assortment of recent, current, and forthcoming books from small and independent presses that've caught our attention, and we don't want to escape yours. Sometimes these are releases from major publishing houses that don't produce many books in our genre.
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$24.99
ISBN: 9781631580680
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Published: Yucca Publishing - January 12th, 2016

On a hotter and more volatile earth in the twenty-third century, humans like Clare and Jon live in utopia, hunting and gathering in small tribal bands, engaged in daily art and ritual, reunited with old friends like the shaggy mammoth and giant ground sloth. Even better, they still have solar- powered laptops and can communicate with each other around the world. The understanding of physics has also advanced. When scientists first cloned extinct species from the Pleistocene, they discovered that many of them were telepathicthat consciousness travels in waves. For most people, animism has become the preferred religion, a panpsychism compatible with the laws of a fractal holographic universe. As Clare tells one of her students, the return to an older, Paleolithic lifestyle is one of humanity's greatest achievements. 
It's too bad that utopia had to come at such a cost: a genetically engineered super-virus that wiped out most of earth's human population. Humanity was shaken by that event, and humanity vowed to change. Now, on the 150th anniversary of that catastrophe, a small group of men and womenas well as a smarter-than-average dire wolf and saber-toothed catare suddenly faced with decisions in which the stakes are higher than ever before. Will earth repeat the cycle of unbridled hubris? Or is humanity's destiny even stranger than that?


By Gary Phillips (Editor), Richard Brewer (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781940610528
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Published: Polis Books - October 13th, 2015

For years, writers and filmmakers have speculated about the possibility of the Earth being invaded by aliens from another planet. But what if the aliens have been watching us, infiltrating us via human collaborators, or even surgically altering themselves to look human? "Occupied Earth" i a groundbreaking anthology that explores the idea of what the world would look like years after its conquest. 20 years after a successful invasion by the Makh-Ra, humanity still exists, only they have become subservient to a new race of occupiers who now govern the devastated planet. But, as much at things continue with some sense of normalcy, something has happened in the Mahk-Ra's empire. Earth, once considered a strategic beachhead of major importance to the Empire, has been downgraded in its value. Things are starting to degrade. Our planet is the last place any self-respecting Mahk-Ra officer wants to be assigned. Yet, despite everything, life continues. These stories bring us face to face with annihilation -- and show how we can pull ourselves back from the brink. Featuring Rachel Howzell Hall, Lisa Morton, Matthew V. Clemens, Howard Hendrix, Nathan Walpow and more, OCCUPIED EARTH is coming. Stay safe. Stay strong. Survive at all costs.


By Erin Underwood (Editor), Nancy Holder (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780985893422
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Published: Underwords - August 12th, 2014

Futuredaze 2: Reprise includes fifteen of the best and most brilliant young adult science fiction stories, written by the hottest SF and YA authors, gathered for the first time in one anthology. Wild-west steampunk, true love with the alien next door, a confab with Mr. Darcy's avatar, musical fluted girls, and Dorothy in alt-China--this is not your mom and dad's science fiction. Grab a friend and go for launch to worlds of wonder that reveal who we are and what we want to become through our decisions, relationships, and the chances we take on our futures--across all universes! 

Featuring stories from Paolo Bacigalupi, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman, Kat Howard, Hugh Howey, N. K. Jemisin, James Patrick Kelly, Ken Liu, Malinda Lo, Beth Revis, Will Shetterly, Scott Westerfeld, Connie Willis, and Jane Yolen.


$16.95
ISBN: 9780816531073
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Published: University of Arizona Press - September 4th, 2014

Sara Sue Hoklotubbe's Sinking Suspicions will weave its way into the tapestry of your literary life with characters that will charm you, frighten you, and best of all surprise you—one heck of a good read.”

~Craig Johnson, New York Times Bestselling author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries and the basis of A&E's hit drama Longmire
 

“Action, romance, and even bit of World War II history combine to make Sinking Suspicions a memorable story that leaves readers satisfied—and with a grin on our faces.”

~Anne Hillerman, Author of the New York Times Bestselling Spider Woman's Daughter


$16.99
ISBN: 9781402292187
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - August 5th, 2014

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780990511533
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Published: Cloak & Dagger Studios - June 13th, 2014

Manuel "Manny" Boreaux, a troubled adolescent from Texas, is magically transported into the body of a goblin pickpocket in an alternate world inhabited by faerie creatures. Manny must quickly adapt to the danger all around him and try to find a way to get back home, a feat complicated by the pickpocket's association with a notorious gang of thieves. But when Manny uncovers a plot to assassinate a young king, he must enlist the aid of an elf cavalier and a cat burglar to thwart a Sidhe witch's scheme to ignite a civil war between humans and the Fae. 


By Erin Underwood (Editor), Jen Gunnels (Editor)
$26.20
ISBN: 9780985893460
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Published: Underwords - November 4th, 2014

Geek Theater showcases 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays by some of today's top authors and award-winning playwrights and is the first anthology that truly delves into the world of speculative fiction theater. Until recently, modern science fiction and fantasy stage plays have largely gone unnoticed despite the proliferation of plays and performances by theater companies around the world. These plays are an important part of the science fiction and fantasy cannon as they represent a unique intersection of authors and playwrights producing work at a time when these genres are flourishing.


$16.75
ISBN: 9781938383946
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Published: Henery Press - January 28th, 2014

SNAPPY, WISE-CRACKING AND FAST PACED...

"A smart, snappy writer who hits your funny bone!" - Janet Evanovich

It's Davis Way's first slot-tournament season. And it may be her last.

Things are dicey at work. A personal assistant goes missing, a little old lady goes on a suspicious winning streak, and a Bellissimo executive goes gaga for Davis. She follows a disappearing slot-tournament player trail to the So Help Me God Pentecostal Church in Beehive, Alabama, then jumps headlong into a high stakes holy scandal.

She's on a losing streak at home, too. Her days, nights, and dinners run together, as Davis juggles a revolving door of uninvited guests, namely her rotten ex-ex-husband, Eddie Crawford. And Bradley Cole thinks three's a crowd.

The worst? Davis doesn't feel so hot. Maybe it's the banana pudding, or maybe it's a little bundle of something else.

DOUBLE DIP. A reckless ride in the fast lane, and Davis Way can't find the brakes.


$12.60
ISBN: 9781604868258
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Published: PM Press - November 2013

Featuring: our Outspoken Interview in which Fowler prophesies California's fate, reveals the role of bad movies in good marriages, and intimates that girls just want to have fun (which means make trouble).


$16.00
ISBN: 9781932325218
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Published: Mystery Company - October 2012

From publisher Jim Huang: Intelligent and endearing, they're the books that readers walk into independent bookstore hoping to discover. Maggie Ryan has an amazing ability to make folks around her better people. Owen Keane is driven to answer life's larger questions, seeking answers through methods he's learned from the detective stories he cherishes. Maggie succeeds more than she fails. Owen fails more than he succeeds. (Or does he?) Both Faherty and Carlson leave you with lots to think about. Their elegant whodunits and fascinating characters also leave you feeling good about the genre itself.


By Chuck Wendig (Editor), Stephen Blackmoore (Contribution by), Harry Connolly (Contribution by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781613170120
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Published: Evil Hat Productions, LLC - March 26th, 2013

Down a lonely alleyway, under a starless sky, lies a city that never was, yet is: the Mad City, where nightmares walk the streets, and a good night's sleep can get you killed. Here, then, is a book from that place.Within these recovered pages are the tales of the Awake, insomniacs who've walked those perilous streets, bringing a bit of the power of dream with them to fight back the night - always at a terrible cost. For many, it will not end well. For a few, they might just become heroes - or at least find their way back home. For you, a choice. Turn away. Don't read this book. And maybe you'll continue to rest easy. Or open the cover and enter a world unlike any you've ever dared to imagine! Don't Read This Book introduces 13 forbidden tales from the Mad City and the world of the Don't Rest Your Head RPG.


$14.99
ISBN: 9781936573059
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Published: Malevolent Books - February 7th, 2012

Jessie Dawn Cutler is a relationship banker in Manhattan, a woman climbing the rungs of the high-finance ladder on her way to the top. Morgan Byrd is an aging mercenary soldier, suffering a crisis of conscience as profound as his bank account is low. When Jessie learns that her biggest client is a criminal and a killer--protected from inside and outside the bank--she becomes his next target. It'll take all every resource she has, and the most unlikely of allies, if she hopes to survive.

About the Author Jeffrey J. Mariotte is the award-winning author of more than forty-five novels, including the border horror trilogy Missing White Girl, River Runs Red, and Cold Black Hearts, The Slab, the Dark Vengeance teen horror quartet, and others. He also writes comic books, including the long-running horror/Western comic book series Desperadoes. 


By Kasey Lansdale (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781596065055
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Published: Subterranean Press - July 31st, 2013

  • Length: 208 pages

Dust jacket by Timothy Truman

The Lansdale name is legendary in the horror field. Now acclaimed musician and actress Kasey Lansdale follows in her father’s footsteps, making her editing debut with this anthology of monstrously innovative stories. The twelve creatures that stalk the pages of Impossible Monsters spring from the twisted imaginations of a dozen of today’s most noted authors.

International superstar Neil Gaiman is a storyteller’s storyteller, and with “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” he weaves an atmospheric tale that ensures readers will never hear a simple bedtime story the same way again.

In “The Glitter of the Crowns,” New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris, the creator of the Sookie Stackhouse series, turns her attention from vampires to werewolves—but appearances may be deceiving where monsters are concerned.

Mystery legend Anne Perry offers “Monster,” a story that takes the reader from an antiquarian bookstore in Cambridge to the blue seas of the Mediterranean and leaves the reader guessing until the very last page in true whodunit style.

And, of course, this anthology wouldn’t be complete without a contribution from beloved, award-winning author Joe R. Lansdale, who offers the latest adventure of supernatural sleuth Dana Roberts in “The Case of the Angry Traveler.”

Including stories by the likes of Al Sarrantonio and David Schow, among others, this collection of tales delivers on its promise. Because these monsters are never what the reader expects…

Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather, signed by all contributors
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies

Table of Contents:

  • David J. Schow—Blue Amber
  • Neil Gaiman—Click-Clack the Rattlelebag
  • Cody Goodfellow—Cavity Creeps
  • Charlaine Harris—The Glitter of the Crowns
  • Tim Bryant—Doll’s Eyes
  • Neal Barrett, Jr.—Bloaters
  • Chet Williamson—Detritus
  • Anne Perry—Monster
  • Al Sarrantonio—Orange Lake
  • Selina Rosen—Nathan
  • Bradley Denton—Blood Moccasins
  • Joe R. Lansdale—The Case of the Angry Traveler (A Dana Roberts Novella)

From Publishers Weekly:
“Eschewing romantic vampires and shambling zombies, this collection presents monsters that do not merely kill, but suddenly and incomprehensibly consume, destroy, and reduce their victims to mere bones… Readers who stay up late wondering if there really is something out there will find these stories to be perfect nightmare fodder.”