Get Spellbound: Short Stories that Transport You to a Different World

Sleeping with the Monster: Stories by Anya Martin 

“Twelve women. Twelve horrors disguised as love. In Anya Martin’s new collection of horror tales: a teenage girl faces the consequences of wishing her dog could live forever; a romantic college student wakes a gargoyle in Paris; and a lonely woman finds her house infested with insects. History’s darker depths are delved as an American jazz singer confronts her lover who has committed terrible war crimes as he descends into madness in post-WW2 Germany; and a couple experiences H.P. Lovecraft’s Resonator machine via found footage from the Velvet Underground. Actress Elsa Lanchester reveals the true story of Bride of Frankenstein involving the preserved brain of Karl Marx’s daughter in 1923 London. With this book Martin joins the ranks of daring women delving into the dark fantastical.” (From Amazon.com)

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Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh 

“Singh’s dexterous hand for speculative science fiction is on full display in this lyrical and humanist collection. In each story, keen and ruthless female protagonists work to make sense of a world that has been defeated by the violence of nature. Climate change, atmospheric inhabitability, time travel, and interuniversal travel are only some of the epic walls to be scaled by Singh’s characters.” (From Booklist)

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Ghost Summer: Stories Tananarive Due 

In this alluring and original short story collection, author Tananarive Due explores human depravity in the guise of monstrous but familiar creatures such as ghosts, zombies, werewolves with glimpses into the future.  Due possesses the deft ability to reveal that the everyday might be hiding something wondrous and sometimes terrifying. 

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A Natural History of Hell: Stories by Jeffrey Ford 

The stories contained within this collection are surprisingly original, eerie, and thoroughly penetrate the psyche during the dark parts of the day.  Some stories include that of an evil angel set in a desolate and isolating backdrop, a reanimated skeleton with a will of its own, and a devilishly quirky examination of clergymen as saint or sinner.  A Natural History of Hell is a collection that you check out from your library for the first story, then purchase for the rest as you’ll no doubt need it close at hand when describing the stories to friends or family because they just will not leave your mind.

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The Dinosaur Tourist by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlin R. Kiernan's fifteenth collection of short fiction includes nineteen tales of the unexpected and the uncanny explore that treacherous gulf between what we suppose the world to be and what might actually be waiting out beyond the edges of our day-to-day experience.

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Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists!

In this bewitching, haunting and completely unique short story collection, some of the best queer speculative fiction authors have put together a book like no other. The stories sew together the macabre and the captivating while exposing us to wondrous worlds where science and humanity intermingle. 

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Sisters of the Revolution: a Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology 

This award-winning collection of feminist science fiction short stories is a great primer for anyone who is versed in the genre, but also newcomers alike.  The variety of authors and stories contained therein ensures the reader is in the best of hands belonging to a variety of skilled writers in the genre.   

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Every House is Haunted by Ian Rogers 

In this brilliant debut collection, Ian Rogers explores the border-places between our world and the dark reaches of the supernatural. The landscape of death becomes the new frontier for scientific exploration. A honeymoon cabin with an unspeakable appetite finally meets its match. A suburban home is transformed into the hunting ground for a new breed of spider. A nightmarish jazz club at the crossroads of reality plays host to those who can break a deal with the devil...for a price. With remarkable deftness, Rogers draws together the disturbing and the diverting in twenty-two showcase stories that will guide you through terrain at once familiar and startlingly fresh.

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The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender

This award-winning and darkly comic collection of stories features men and women whose lives are pulled into the bizarre by their desires.  This collection is offbeat, darkly humorous, lyrical and moving.   

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20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill 

Written by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill’s stories conjure places and times that are fantastic, suspenseful, compelling and oftentimes heart-warming.  This award-winning complication is written by a master of the short story genre, leaving you wanting more out of each story as you can’t help but become swept up into each world. 

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