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The Tor.com Sampler

by Ruthanna Emrys, Guy Haley, Cassandra Khaw & Seanan McGuire et al. Tom Doherty Associates (August 30, 2016)

Please enjoy excerpts from twelve of Tor.com's favorite science fiction, fantasy, and horror novellas and novels.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software...


Smoke and Mirrors

by Neil Gaiman William Morrow (March 17, 2009)

In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion . . . and anything is possible. In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman's imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible...


Paul and Brady Get Hoodoo with the Voodoo

by Jennifer Rardin ORBIT (July 15, 2011)

Two young college students end up in over their heads after making a deal with a voodoo queen, in this short story from author Jennifer Rardin.

Word count: ~8,200


If I Were You

by L. Ron Hubbard Galaxy Press (September 08, 2008)

Tom Little is a circus midget with giant dreams. He may be king of the midgets, but he’s got grander ambitions—to become the ringmaster.  Now, drawing on some dark ancient secrets, he’s about to get his...


The Crack

by Emma Tennant Bloomsbury Publishing (March 11, 2013)

EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE Look!

Look what's happened!

A crack has opened in the Thames!

Hampstead uplifted high in the sky!

Watch the turmoil spread. See the loony psychoanalysts lead their demented flock around the...


Lowball

by Wild Cards Trust, George R. R. Martin & Melinda Snodgrass Tom Doherty Associates (November 04, 2014)

Soon to be a show on Hulu!

Rights to develop Wild Cards for TV have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions, the team that brought you The Magicians and Mr. Robot, with the co-editor of Wild Cards, Melinda...


Young Woman in a Garden: Stories

by Delia Sherman Small Beer Press (October 20, 2014)

A long anticipated first collection of fabulous stories with ghosts, fairies, artists, and even a merman.


Prophecies, Libels & Dreams: Stories

by Ysabeau S. Wilce Small Beer Press (October 20, 2014)

Norton Award winner's debut collection of sparking and baroque stories of alternate California.


The Inheritance: And Other Stories

by Robin Hobb & Megan Lindholm HarperCollins e-books (May 03, 2011)

“One of the most important writers in 21st-Century fantasy.”

Contra Costa Times

“Robin Hobb is one of our very best fantasy writers…always fresh, entertaining, and completely engrossing.”

New York...


Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 30

by Kelly Link & Gavin J Grant Small Beer Press (January 15, 2014)

With the thirtieth issue, LCRW—the only zine named after Winston Churchill's mother—changes everything. We turn blue into tree. We make electricity solid. We publish stories that shake the world so hard it...


The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen

by Ellen Datlow Tachyon Publications (October 14, 2014)

The credits have rolled, but the lights are still off. Something is lurking on the other side of the screen. There are dark secrets, starving monsters, and haunted survivors who refuse to be left on the cutting...


When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami

by Kendare Blake Tom Doherty Associates (September 30, 2014)

"When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami" is the story of when immortal teen goddess Athena is mistaken for a vampire by a desperate youth who refuses to leave her side until she turns him. This tale takes place...


Black Denim Lit #7: A Suitable Poison

by Linda Boroff, Sean Monaghan & Christopher T. Garry Black Denim Lit (August 31, 2014)

The August, 2014 issue edited by Christopher T Garry features 140 pages of never before seen stories from eight new authors, creating narratives that are variously dark, cynical, inspiring, violent and longing....


Trigger Warning

by Neil Gaiman William Morrow (February 03, 2015)

Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile...


Strongest Conjuration

by Skyler White Tom Doherty Associates (August 27, 2014)

A tale of the Incrementalists—a secret society of two hundred people, with an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another...


Mrs. Sorenson and the Sasquatch

by Kelly Barnhill Tom Doherty Associates (August 13, 2014)

When Mr. Sorensen - a drab, cipher of a man - passes away, his lovely widow falls in love with a most unsuitable mate. Enraged and scandalized (and armed with hot-dish and gossip and seven-layer bars), the Parish...


Hauntings

by Ellen Datlow Tachyon Publications (March 12, 2013)

This fiendish anthology, complied by the horror genre’s most acclaimed editor, drags you into the twisted minds of modern literary masters at their fiendish best. Visionary storytellers fill this collection...


La Signora

by Bruce McAllister Tom Doherty Associates (August 13, 2014)

"La Signora", by Bruce McAllister, is a dark fantasy about a teenage American living in an ancient Italian fishing village with his parents. He's invited by his friends to go night-fishing on one special night,...


Black Denim Lit #6: The Girl in the Glass Case

by Matthew Di Paoli, Benjamin Schachtman & Christopher T Garry Black Denim Lit (July 10, 2014)

The July, 2014 issue edited by Christopher T Garry features 124 pages of never before seen stories from eight new authors, creating narratives that are variously dark, cynical, inspiring, violent and longing....


Black Denim Lit #5: No Sleep Till Deadtown: [Jun, 2014]

by Michael Haynes, Sean Monaghan & Christopher T Garry Black Denim Lit (June 09, 2014)

The June, 2014 issue edited by Christopher T Garry features never before seen short stories from eight new authors. They create narratives that are variously dark, cynical, inspiring, disturbing, longing and...


The Devil in the Details

by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald Tom Doherty Associates (July 02, 2014)

A new adventure of Peter Crossman, special agent of the Knights Templar — a man prepared to administer last rites with one hand while wielding a flamethrower with the other. Now an ancient manuscript of peculiar...


The Walking-stick Forest

by Anna Tambour Tom Doherty Associates (June 10, 2014)

The Walking-Stick Forest, by Anna Tambour, is a dark fantasy about a recluse who creates collectible walking sticks in post WWI Scotland by manipulating the woods somewhat like bonsais. He refuses a commission...


The Insects of Love

by Genevieve Valentine Tom Doherty Associates (June 10, 2014)

The Insects of Love, by Genevieve Valentine, is a dream-like science fiction/fantasy puzzle about two sisters and several possible realities. The only certainty is that one sister gets a tattoo and disappears...


Black Denim Lit #4: May, 2014

by Konstantine Paradias, Alan Bray & Christopher T. Garry Black Denim Lit (May 06, 2014)

Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders. The May, 2014 issue edited by Christopher T Garry features seven new authors and their short stories. All the authors...


Other Worlds, Better Lives: Selected Long Fiction, 1989-2003

by Howard Waldrop Small Beer Press (March 17, 2014)

Seven novellas that cover ground the way that only Waldrop can featuring Wagner, Fats Waller, Picasso, Thomas Wolfe, and more.


Things Will Never Be the Same: A Howard Waldrop Reader: Selected Short Fiction 1980-2005

by Howard Waldrop Small Beer Press (March 17, 2014)

Sixteen of the best short stories from the one and only culture mashup genius brain of Howard Waldrop.


Friends 'Til the End

by Bethany Neal Tom Doherty Associates (May 27, 2014)

In Bethany Neal's "Friends 'Til the End," death isn't the end for Emily Winstead, not even close. She died with a wrong to make right, and she's been given a second chance to set things straight. The only problem:...


The Madonna of the Abattoir

by Anne M. Pillsworth Tom Doherty Associates (May 07, 2014)

In Victorian-era Arkham, Redemption Orne observes that art is indeed long and life only too short when a painter chooses Orne's wife Patience, mistress of the Outer Gods, for his model.

At the Publisher's request,...


Black Denim Lit #3: April, 2014

by Phil Richardson, Oscar Windsor-Smith & Christopher T. Garry Black Denim Lit (April 04, 2014)

Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders. The April, 2014 issue edited by Christopher T. Garry features seven new authors and their short stories. All the authors...


Cold Wind

by Nicola Griffith Tom Doherty Associates (April 22, 2014)

"Cold Wind", by Nicola Griffith, is a dark fantasy tale about a woman who enters a Seattle bar on a cold wintry night in the midst of the Christmas holidays, searching for something…or someone.

"Rich description...


Anyway: Angie

by Daniel José Older Tom Doherty Associates (March 26, 2014)

Reza's job has put her in the face of every kind of death. Thanks to her guns, her car, and her dapper style, she came through the Bad Years alive, but since losing Angie things haven't been right. Tonight's...


Questionable Practices: Stories

by Eileen Gunn Small Beer Press (February 17, 2014)

Trains that go to unexpected places. A steampunk quartet. Stories that shake the tree. Stories that question normal practices.


Full Moon City

by Darrell Schweitzer & Martin Harry Greenberg Pocket Books (March 09, 2010)

DANGER LURKS IN THE HEART OF THE CITY . . . BUT NOT ALWAYS WHERE YOU EXPECT IT.

From New York to Los Angeles to Bucharest, fifteen never-before-published tales by some of the world’s finest fantasy and horror...


Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love

by George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois Gallery Books (November 16, 2010)

IN this star-studded cross-genre anthology, seventeen of the greatest modern authors of fantasy, science fiction, and romance explore the borderlands of their genres with brand-new tales of ill-fated love. From...


Cloak and Spider: A Shadowdance Novella

by David Dalglish ORBIT (December 03, 2013)

"Every king must have his heirs, and I will have heirs worthy of my legend..."

Thren Felhorn is a legend of the underworld, the leader of the powerful Spider Guild, father to the Watcher of Veldaren, and the...


Trafalgar

by Angélica Gorodischer & Amalia Gladhart Small Beer Press (January 11, 2013)

When Trafalgar's in town his friends know that even though the coffee might be terrible, the stories will be great.


Errantry: Strange Stories

by Elizabeth Hand Small Beer Press (November 13, 2012)

Hand's award winning stories begin in the shimmery, dusty corners of upstate New York and move into even stranger settings.


A Rumor of Angels

by Dale Bailey Tom Doherty Associates (September 11, 2013)

"A Rumor of Angels", by Dale Bailey, is a fantasy novelette that takes place during the period of the dust bowl in the American Midwest. A teenage boy walks away from his father's wasted farm to follow the other...


Carniepunk

by Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne & Seanan McGuire et al. Gallery Books (July 23, 2013)

A star-studded urban fantasy anthology starring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, and Rob Thurman, and including Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Gay, Mark Henry, Hillary...


North American Lake Monsters: Stories

by Nathan Ballingrud Small Beer Press (June 28, 2013)

Love has a terrible power over our our lives: it distorts, corrupts, drives, or redeems us.


Eternal Kiss of Darkness

Night Huntress World Books #2

by Jeaniene Frost HarperCollins (July 27, 2010)

“Put Jeaniene Frost on your must-read list!”

  —New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian

 

Jeaniene Frost gives us a breathtaking Eternal Kiss of Darkness—a sexy spinoff from her New York Times...


Old Dead Futures

by Tina Connolly Tom Doherty Associates (July 17, 2013)

In "Old Dead Futures," a young boy's ability to change the future makes him valuable to the government. But that same ability keeps him trapped in a wheelchair and at the mercy of those who would use him. When...


Dragonkin

by Lavie Tidhar Tom Doherty Associates (July 17, 2013)

"A neat idea, combining homage to Holdstock with urban fantasy."--Locus

There are kin and there are –kin. There are not many dragons, but there are many who think they are, or want to be, or claim to remember...


Contains Multitudes

by Ben Burgis Tom Doherty Associates (July 17, 2013)

Being a teenager is tough. Being part of the first generation of teenagers to share their body and soul with one of the aliens who just barely destroyed the earth: way tougher.

This compact but powerful short...


The Best We Can

by Carrie Vaughn Tom Doherty Associates (July 17, 2013)

First contact was supposed to change the course of human history. But it turns out, you still have to go to work the next morning.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management...


Homecoming

by Susan Palwick Tom Doherty Associates (July 10, 2013)

Homecoming, by Susan Palwick, is a dark fantasy novelette about a young girl on the cusp of womanhood who yearns to leave her village and go to sea with her best friend, a boy about her own age, despite natural...


Driving Blind

by Ray Bradbury William Morrow Paperbacks (April 30, 2013)

The incomparable Ray Bradbury is in the driver's seat, off on twenty-one unforgettable excursions through fantasy, time and memory, and there are surprises waiting around every curve and behind each mile marker....


The Essential Lord Dunsany Collection

by Lord Dunsany eBookIt.com (March 17, 2013)

Compiled in one book, the essential collection of books by Lord Dunsany:

The Book of Wonder

Don Rodriguez

A Dreamer's Tales

Fifty-One Tales

Gods of Pegana

Plays of Near and Far

Tales of Wonder

Time and the Gods...


The Hanging Game

by Helen Marshall Tom Doherty Associates (March 13, 2013)

Sometimes a game, even a sacred game, can have far-reaching consequences. In bear country young Skye learns just how far she is willing to go to play the game properly in order carry on the traditions that came...


Pros and Cons

by Jenna Black Pocket Star (February 25, 2013)

An original eNovella in the acclaimed Nikki Glass urban fantasy series, taking place between the events of the novels Deadly Descendant and Rogue Descendant.

As a living descendant of Artemis the Huntress, private...