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"Steampunk'd," ed. Rabe & Greenberg

Pros: Steampunk is such a fun genre, and there’s a wide variety of takes on it in here Cons: This book definitely highlights that it’s a relatively young genre that could use some maturing Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review

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"The Trouble with Heroes," ed. Denise Little

Pros: Hilarious topic and some truly standout stories Cons: A couple of shallow stories; as always in anthologies, variable quality Rating: 4 out of 5   Review book courtesy of Penguin Group.   I’m growing rather fond of the anthologies

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"The Lost"

Pros: Enjoyably mysterious tales Cons: One ending that left me a little flat Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book (uncorrected proof) courtesy of Penguin Group.   The Lost is an anthology of four stories in “a world where the

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"The Spicy Bedtime Companion," Joan Lloyd

Pros: Great way to spice up a relationship! Cons: Some flat limericks; won’t be everyone’s style Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group.   Joan Elizabeth Lloyd’s The Spicy Bedtime Companion: Erotic Stories and More is

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"Tails of Love," ed. Foster & Cameron

Pros: Sappy, indulgent, fun, romantic, sweet, and tear-inducing Cons: As with most anthos—there’s bound to be a story or two you aren’t thrilled with Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group.   Tails of Love is

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Horror short story contest

The folks over at Rektor’s Revenge asked me to pass on notice of their short story contest. As always, I can’t guarantee the legitimacy of any requests for material appearing here, so do your research first. Today, your exercise is

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"Silver Birch, Blood Moon," ed. Datlow and Windling

This is one of my favorite anthologies to date, and its exploration of fairy-tales is nothing short of beautiful.

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