A New Anthology, A New Story, and One Tight Deadline
I’m pleased to announce that WMG Publishing just released the first Fiction River Special edition, marking the end of the anthology series first year! We’re so pleased–and I’m especially thrilled. I edited Fiction River Special: Crime, and invited all kinds of wonderful writers to join up. From bestsellers to Edgar-award winners to a handful of first sales, the writers in this volume are–to a person–fantastic.
Here’s the table of contents:
Hitler’s Dogs Doug Allyn
Wheel of Fortune Steve Hockensmith
The Good Brother Brendan DuBois
FoL Kristine Kathryn Rusch
These Boots Were Made For Murder Julie Hyzy
Because Melissa Yi
City of Light and Darkness Daemon Crowe
No Good Deed Libby Fischer Hellmann
Rationing Karen Fonville
Neutrality Karen Abrahamson
Plan B Kate Wilhelm
Gas, Tan, Video M. Elizabeth Castle
Jack Rabbit DMZ Annie Reed
Eyes on My Cards Dean Wesley Smith
Jokers M. Elizabeth Castle
Photo World J.C. Andrijeski
Here’s the back cover copy:
From a twisted tale of greed by masterful writer Kate Wilhelm to a dark tale of murder and betrayal by Shamus-award winner Brendan DuBois, Fiction River Special Edition: Crime covers the entire gamut of the mystery genre-cozy to noir. New York Times bestselling author Julie Hyzy joins Edgar Award-winner Doug Allyn and several others to create one of the strongest (and most diverse) anthologies of the season.
And here are a few reviews:
“Fiction River [Special Edition]: Crime edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch leads off with strong new tales by three familiar EQMM contributors: Doug Allyn with a gangster whodunnit, Steve Hockensmith with a con game story, and Brendan DuBois with a fresh variation on the old brothers-who-took-different-paths ploy. A sampling of other contents, including experimental short-shorts by Melissa Yi and M. Elizabeth Castle and a clever turn on the greedy-relatives-want-inheritance by Kate Wilhelm, suggest high quality throughout.”
—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“Among the volume’s better entries are Doug Allyn’s “Hitler’s Dogs,” in which narrator Doc Bannan seeks the truth about his gang mentor’s death, and Steve Hockensmith’s “Wheel of Fortune,” which relates the schemes of a pair of con artists.”
You’ll note that I have a story here too. It’s called “FoL” and it’s a straight mystery (no sf). In fact, there’s no fantastic element in the volume at all–and there’s not always a murder either. You’ll find all kinds of crime here. The book’s available in trade paper and in ebook. Audio will be available in late summer. You can get the book in all the usual places–your favorite mystery bookstore, for example–or you can order copies here.
And one other announcement:
You only have a few days to buy the Epic Fantasy Bundle. It includes books by me, Neil Gaiman, Kevin J. Anderson, Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, James A. Owen, Peter J. Wacks & Mark Ryan, Peter David, and Tracy Hickman. Two great things about this bundle (besides the books): you can set your own price (minimum $3 for six; $12 for 9); and part of the payment goes to the Challenger Center. Seriously, folks, if you’ve never tried my Fey series, here’s your chance to get the first book for next to nothing. And if you’re a fantasy reader (or even if you’re not), you’ll find a lot to love here. So head on over, before you lose the chance. This opportunity won’t happen again.
I’ve been wanting to get a subscription to Fiction River for awhile now and finally took the plunge. Luckily I got my info in on time and Crime will be my first one. I opted for the paper edition and can’t wait to hold it in my hands. (Jerimy was a big help to me too!)
Thanks, Lauren. I hope you enjoy all the upcoming issues!
The sense of inevitability in several of the stories (no spoilers) showed some amazing writing talent. Just pulled me along.
“Gas, Tan, Video” was delightful. An entire murder mystery and a bunch of characters rendered in haiku. EQMM calls it experimental, I call it great fun.
I just finished the first two stories, and have to say, Wow! That is some tight writing!
Kris, I’d marked down the date for this issue of FICTION RIVER, bought it as soon as I could, and I’ve already read several of the stories. They uphold the high quality this series has maintained from the beginning. I knew, given your expertise in writing/editing mysteries, that this would be a special issue in more ways that one, and you came through!
I don’t pick up every issue of FR, depending upon which genre a particular issue emphasizes, but I’m especially looking forward to the Universe Between and Fantastic Detectives issues.
Keep up the good work!
I commended Jerimy in private, but would like to do so in public. He’s done a great job with emailing the Fiction River subscribers this year. I only had a problem downloading once, and an email to him fixed it in a matter of hours.
Also, I must say that backing a Kickstarter that delivers exactly what it promised, when it promised, for the money promised is a delightful experience! How often does that happen?
Thanks, Sally. Jerimy’s a gem, isn’t he?