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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By Erin Underwood (Editor), Nancy Holder (Editor)
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.

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

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

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ISBN: 9780988888265
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Published: MCM Publishing - August 2014

When Homeland Security mobilizes Los Angeles County, fire captain Nick Carter and his fiancée Cindy Burns, an ATF Special Agent, find themselves working together to stop the terrorists. As the crisis unfolds, California’s contentious history of water wars is laid bare and Nick confronts a 40 year old mystery from his childhood.


 NY Times bestselling author Christopher Reich:  "A Chilling read about a fascinating subject!  I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kamm is on my shor list of authors to look out for."

By Erin Underwood (Editor)
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.

ISBN: 9781934137802
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - July 15th, 2014

PW Pick of the Week April 14, 2014.
"An amazing feat of imagination." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) 
""Invisible Beasts" is a strange and beautiful meditation on love and seeing, a hybrid of fantasy and field guide, novel and essay, treatise and fable. With one hand it offers a sad commentary on environmental degradation, while with the other it presents a bright, whimsical, and funny exploration of what it means to be human. It's wonderfully written, crazily imagined, and absolutely original." --ANTHONY DOERR, author of "All the Light We Cannot See" and "The Shell Collector" 
Sophie is an amateur naturalist with a rare genetic gift: the ability to see a marvelous kingdom of invisible, sentient creatures that share a vital relationship with humankind. To record her observations, Sophie creates a personal bestiary and, as she relates the strange abilities of these endangered beings, her tales become extraordinary meditations on love, sex, evolution, extinction, truth, and self-knowledge. 
In the tradition of E.O. Wilson's "Anthill, Invisible Beasts" is inspiring, philosophical, and richly detailed fiction grounded by scientific fact and a profound insight into nature. The fantastic creations within its pages--an ancient animal that uses natural cold fusion for energy, a species of vampire bat that can hear when their human host is lying, a continent-sized sponge living under the ice of Antarctica--illuminate the role that all living creatures play in the environment and remind us of what we stand to lose if we fail to recognize our entwined destinies. 
Sharona Muir is the author of "The Book of Telling: Tracing the Secrets of My Father's Lives." The recipient of a Hodder Fellowship and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, her writing has appeared in "Granta, Orion" magazine, "Virginia Quarterly Review, The Paris Review, " and elsewhere. She is a Professor of Creative Writing and English at Bowling Green State University. "Invisible Beasts" is her first novel.

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


"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.

By Christopher Golden, Cherie Priest (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781771481533
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Published: Chizine Publications - August 27th, 2013

A circus clown willing to give anything to be funny. A spectral
gunslinger who must teach a young boy to defend the ones he loves. A
lonely widower making a farewell tour of the places that meant the world
to his late wife. A faded Hollywood actress out to deprive her
ex-husband of his prize possession. A grieving mother who will wait by
the railroad tracks for a ghostly train that always has room for one
more. A young West Virginia miner whose only hope of survival is a
bedtime story. These are just some of the characters to be found in Tell My Sorrows to the Stones, the new short story collection by Christopher Golden.

Christopher Golden is a New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author whose works include Saints and Shadows, The Myth Hunters, and The Boys Are Back in Town. He has also co-written three novels with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, including Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire.

ISBN: 9781618730732
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Published: Small Beer Press - November 12th, 2013

"If Philip K. Dick is our homegrown Borges (as Ursula K. Le Guin once
said), then Waldrop is our very American magic-realist, as imaginative
and playful as early Garcia Marquez or, better yet, Italo Calvino. . . .
You never know what he'll come up with next, but somehow it's always a
Waldrop story."--Michael Dirda, "The Washington Post"

subtly mutates the past, extrapolating the changes into some of the most
insightful, and frequently amusing, stories being written today."--"The
Houston Post"

"The most startling, original, and entertaining short story writer in science fiction today."--George R. R. Martin

"It always feels like Christmas when a new Howard Waldrop collection arrives."--Connie Willis

Waldrop's stories are keys to the secrets of the stories "behind" the
stories . . . or perhaps the stories "between" the stories everyone else
knows. From "The Wolfman of Alcatraz" to a horrifying Hansel and
Gretel, from "The Bravest Girl I Ever Knew" to the sixth Marx brother's
story of a vaudeville act tracking down the Holy Grail, this new
collection is a wunderkammer of strangeness.

Howard Waldrop, born
in Mississippi and now living in Austin, Texas, is an American
iconoclast. His highly original books include "Them Bones" and "A Dozen
Tough Jobs," and the collections "Howard Who?," " Night of the Cooters,"
"Other Worlds," "Better Lives," and "Things Will Never Be the Same." He
won the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards for his novelette "The Ugly

By Kasey Lansdale (Editor)
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

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.”

ISBN: 9780991193905
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Published: Smallbites Online Learning, Incorporated - November 12th, 2013

What if Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf turned out to be the same person?

In a near-future world a blood war is brewing.

Elite Tactical Team member Gina Santiago has devoted her life to
protecting the world by apprehending the most heinous criminals. On the
trail of a serial murderer, the clues lead her to a tight-knit town,
clinging to the fringes of society. Until Gina can prove otherwise,
everyone’s a suspect. Even the sexy as sin sheriff, Morgan Hunter.
The closer Gina gets to discovering the secrets hidden by the sleepy
town and its prickly sheriff, the more frightened she becomes…because
they aren’t the only ones with a secret to keep. Gina has a secret, too.
One that will change her life forever and make her the killer’s next

About the Author

Jordan has thirty-one published books to her credit and has sold
over 120,000 ebooks. She is a member of Novelist Inc., International
Thriller Writers, Horror Writer’s Association, and Science Fiction and
Fantasy Writers of America

ISBN: 9781612192642
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Published: Melville House Publishing - January 14th, 2014

"Cosmic and comic, full of philosophy, mysticism and celestial whimsy. A
story of listening, of souls and bodies, that is at once both
profoundly wild and wildly profound." 
Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in  a Science Fictional Universe

Italo Calvino, part Ray Bradbury, in this extraordinary novel, Rachel
Cantor explores questions of self-knowledge, true love and family, all
while saving the world—and winning readers—in the past, present, and
Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief

"A sharp, witty, and immensely entertaining debut... Cantor's skill in
rendering complex and highly believable characters makes for an
unexpectedly moving tale."
Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet

"I didn't know I needed a mystical Jewish Douglas Adams in my life, but Rachel Cantor is it, and her Guide makes me shep naches every time I turn a page. Buy this book, bubeleh! It will surprise you in ways large and small, and it will fill you with delight."
—Emily Barton, author of Brookland

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).

ISBN: 9781932325218
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Published: The Mystery Company/Crum Creek Press - 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 Paul Di Filippo, Rudy Rucker (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781771481557
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Published: Chizine Publications - September 17th, 2013

WikiWorld contains a choice assortment of Di Filippo's best and most
recent work. The title story, a radical envisioning of near-future
sociopolitical modes, received accolades from both Cory Doctorow and
Warren Ellis. In addition, there are alternate history adventures such
as "Yes We Have No Bananas" (which critic Gary Wolfe called "a new kind
of science fiction"); homages to icons such as Stanislaw Lem ("The New
Cyberiad"); collaborations with Rudy Rucker and Damien Broderick; and a
posthuman odyssey ("Waves and Smart Magma"). WikiWorld is the best of
the best from this British Science Fiction Association Award-winning and
Nebula, Hugo, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Award-nominated author.

By Chuck Wendig (Editor), Stephen Blackmoore (Contribution by), Harry Connolly (Contribution by)
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.

ISBN: 9781432828059
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Published: Five Star (ME) - February 19th, 2014

From Publishers Weekly:
"In this tight standalone from Crespi (The Trouble with a Hot Summer), the discovery of newlywed Valerie Fenwick’s body in the trunk of husband Rob Staunton’s BMW causes several citizens of Hawthorne Park, Conn., to point fingers. For the moment, Rob and his ex-wife, Lori Corvino Staunton, who assaulted Valerie two days earlier, are both on the suspects list. Lori meets with friends Beth, Margot, and Janet at the town’s old Greek coffee shop, Callie’s Place, where she enlists their support in an effort to identify the real killer. Apparently, more than one person close to Lori, including Janet’s husband, may have had good reason see Rob take the fall. Meanwhile, Lori stays focused on priorities such as protecting her 13-year-old daughter, reviving her catering business, cultivating a new love interest, and, of course, enjoying Callie’s hot apple pie. Some unexpected surprises will keep cozy fans turning the pages."

ISBN: 9781932325171
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Published: Mystery Company - December 2011

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.

ISBN: 9781466916371
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Published: Trafford Publishing - May 22nd, 2012

Homer, a bold and smart-mouthed angel, has been in isolation for nine-hundred years. She misbehaves and tests the boundaries of God, which was what put her in isolation in the first place. She doesn't like the simpering League of Angels members, especially Gabriel--she has no place for such a goody two-shoes--and she doesn't trust God and cares little what anyone thinks of her. Despite her fussiness and track record of failure, she's sent to Earth to do what needs to be done.
Her mission is to help Tom summers, a struggling columnist for an expanding magazine empire in Los Angeles--to Homer, the epicenter of Western egocentrism and inauthenticity. She must help him publish a book that would ultimately change Earth's fate. Unsure how to accomplish her task, she wants more of God's help or for Him to send Tom a sign, but always a stickler for free will, God won't let her interfere with humanity. Still, it's up to her to save the world, she believes God is against her, and time is ticking. No pressure.
Left to her own devices, Homer wonders whether humanity is worth saving. She believes humans to be violent, self-centered brats. Earth itself is a trash heap, already polluted by all of God's chosen people. Is there anything left to save? Tom, along with some other eccentric Earth-walkers, might change her perspective, but in the end, the fate of the world rests in Homer's angelic hands.

ISBN: 9781467554466
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Published: Magi Books - September 30th, 2013

Signed copies available while supplies last.

ISBN: 9780989530514
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Published: Atoris Press - July 23rd, 2013

Signed copies available while supplies last.

ISBN: 9781936573059
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Published: Malevolent Books - April 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 Gary Phillips (Editor), Richard Brewer (Editor)
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.

ISBN: 9781497699908
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Published: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy - May 26th, 2015

Greg Keye's first novel!

The pueblo people who landed on the Fifth World found it Earthlike, empty, and ready for colonization . . . but a century later, they are about to meet the planet’s owners
One hundred years ago, Sand’s ancestors made the long, one-way trip to the Fifth World, ready to work ceaselessly to terraform the planet. Descendants of native peoples like the Hopi and Zuni, they wanted to return to the way of life of their forebears, who honored the Kachina spirits.
Now, though, many of the planet’s inhabitants have begun to resent their grandparents’ decision to strand them in this harsh and forbidding place, and some have turned away from the customs of the Well-Behaved People. Sand has her doubts, but she longs to believe that the Kachina live on beyond the stars and have been readying a new domain for her people.