Mrs. Claus Anthology Announced

World Weaver Press has just announced the new Christmas-themed anthology Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say from editor Rhonda Parrish, which includes my science fiction story “Agatha Sings to the Scorpions” as well as a steampunk tale by my wife Anne Luebke, “Captain Lizzy and the Stranger in the Fog.” The official release date is November 28, and if you pre-order the ebook it’s only 99 cents. Here is the press release:

When you think of Mrs. Claus, do you imagine a quiet North Pole homebody who finds complete fulfillment in baking cookies, petting reindeer and crafting toys alongside elves? How about a magic-wielding ice goddess, or a tough-as-nails Valkyrie? Or maybe an ancient fae of dubious intentions, or a well-meaning witch? Could Mrs. Claus be a cigar-smoking Latina, or a crash-landed alien? Within these pages Mrs. Claus is a hero, a villain, a mother, a spacefarer, a monster hunter, and more. The only thing she decidedly is not, is a sidekick.

It’s Mrs. Claus’ turn to shine and she is stepping out of Santa’s shadow and into the spotlight in these fourteen spectacular stories that make her the star! Featuring original short stories by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, C.B. Calsing, DJ Tyrer, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Kristen Lee, Randi Perrin, Michael Leonberger, Andrew Wilson, Ross Van Dusen, MLD Curelas, Maren Matthias, Anne Luebke, Jeff Kuykendall, and Hayley Stone.

Table of Contents:

Wight Christmas by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
The Asylum Musicale by C.B. Calsing
Desperately Seeking Santa by DJ Tyrer
Christmas Magic by Jennifer Lee Rossman
Good Morning by Kristen Lee
Moves Like Jagger by Randi Perrin
Miss ‘Lil Toe Head by Michael Leonberger
Unexpected Guests by Andrew Wilson
The True Story of Christina and Kristopher Kringle by Ross Van Dusen
Shouldering the Burden by M.L.D. Curelas
Traffickers Better Watch Out by Maren Matthias
Captain Lizzy and the Stranger in the Fog by Anne Luebke
Agatha Sings to the Scorpions by Jeff Kuykendall
Red to Hide the Blood by Hayley Stone

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Update on the Prisoner Essay Anthology

It Means What It Says:  Trying to Understand the Prisoner – Volume One, which includes my essay “The Prisoner’s Progress,” is now available. There are two versions: black & white and color (presumably a nod to the Village Maps available for No.6 to buy in “Arrival”).

Black & White version

Full Color version

I haven’t got my mitts on this yet, but having seen an early draft it looks very interesting and informative. This will be the first of 3 anthologies editor Ed Fordham has planned. This month marks the 50th anniversary of The Prisoner.

Mrs. Claus Anthology from World Weaver Press

My short science fiction story “Agatha Sings to the Scorpions” will be included in the World Weaver Press anthology Mrs. Claus – genre stories using Mrs. Claus as a character or theme. More details and release date TBD, but I assume it will be out by Christmas.