Our East Coast , Midwest and even the South can’t seem to shake off winter this year. Perhaps giving a begrudging acknowledgement to ol’ man winter will make him leave!
Selecting “winter” as a Key Word search will provide many stories in Anthology Builder that would be ideal in an anthology. Here are three, one by a contemporary writer, and two classics. Do you recognize them? Good Luck - foxtale
New Year’s Eve was very cold. At home it was cold too, for above her she had only the roof, through which the wind whistled, even though the largest cracks were stopped up with straw and rags. Her little hands were almost numbed with cold. Oh! a match might afford her a world of comfort, if she only dared take a single one out of the bundle, draw it against the wall, and warm her fingers by it. Story Link
A hollow howl resounded from the rocky crags, the only motion a small whirlwind of powder conjured by the gusting wind. She flicked the spelunker flashlight on her forehead on. The beam sparkled on a one of the forms, an almost human statue of ice; too-long arms spread wide like a scarecrow, animal mouth open in a frozen scream. Its melted and refrozen lower body gave the appearance of being fused with the ground. Story Link
He was very selfish about his garden. The only people who were pleased were the Snow and the Frost. “Spring has forgotten this garden,” they cried, “so we will live here all the year round.” The Snow covered up the grass with her great white cloak, and the Frost painted all the trees silver. Then they invited the North Wind to stay with them, and he came. He was wrapped in furs, and he roared all day about the garden, and blew the chimney-pots down. Story Link
Click the links to preview each story, then click authors’ names and scroll to bottom of story lists to see anthologies containing their stories, or BUILD your own anthology!
** Linked Note ** Daniel Braum’s story “The Yeti’s Hand” also appears in the anthology “Twisted Redux”
(Do you recognize these stories? hint: Dark Fantasy)
I found these teasers intriguing, haunting, even macabre and so I’ve presented them here, –as always no endorsement of the stories is implied- foxtale
What will the price be, I wondered. In the doorway where Sally-pher usually sat, was a round of flattened grass, and a half-finished basket small as a thimble. Caught between the posts, a shimmer of scale. Squinting down the knoll I thought I saw a thick serpentine path of crushed green where he has passed. Oh yes. I knew then who stole my darling… SCALES
Jeremiah August buried his grandfather in the cemetery of Calamite, a remote, high-plains ghost town. Alone now, Jeremiah was walking along the empty boardwalk of the Calamite Hotel when a young hitchhiker with a mysterious past arrived, bringing with her chaos and troubles that Jeremiah had never known. The Last Man In Town
Quietly, so that not a floorboard creaked, he walked to the stairs. A sound came from behind him, high pitched, mewling. In one fluid motion he scooped up the cat that had followed him in. It yowled, squirmed, flailed the air with needle claws. His fingers clenched on its neck. A muscle jumped in his cheek. Then, with a flick of his wrist the alien assassin threw the cat away from him. It twisted as it fell, landed four-square, shook itself and bolted down the stairs, tail high.
“Stupid little cat,” he whispered, “I didn’t mean to hurt you.” Then he went on upstairs. He found the body in the bedroom…
Click link to preview story, click author’s name, scroll to the bottom of story index page to find anthologies containing their stories. Or, build your own!
***linked post – another of Liz Holliday’s stories appears in ‘Before Kindle.’Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
As we enter the New Year, it might be a bit of fun to look at the A B C’s that make up the library of Anthology Builder.
Each of these anthologies was compiled by a writer whose works also reside in the AB library. Click the blue or orange link of the Anthology for an overview of the book. Then scroll down and Click the content titles for a preview of the stories. Next Click the Author to peruse their stories in the AB database, or scroll down to see other anthologies containing their work.
Enjoy – foxtale
These are stories ’bout dogs and DOGS…Everyday dogs … Mystery DOGS…Stories that will make you laugh. Stories that will make you wonder.
Stories by writers of modern Science Fiction and Fantasy… some of the very best writers working today.
*** linked note *** Chris Butler’s story ‘Cuckoo’ is also among the other Sci-Fi selections in Planet Interzone.
Originally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.
Far out at sea the water is as blue as the bluest cornflower and as clear as the clearest crystal; but it is very deep, too deep for any cable to fathom… it is down there that the mermen live…
So begins “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen. This time honored tale appears in “Foam on the Water, Mermaid Stories,” the currently featured anthology at Anthology Builder. But it isn’t all fairytales and froth, there are a few dark mermaid stories by modern writers and some other stories that intrigue as well. So, kick off the Club-Med sandals, fold back the cover of this book easily ordered from the AB Library and enjoy these treasures from the deep.
** Linked Note Marcie Lynn Tentchoff and Melissa Mead also have stories in the anthologies mentioned in 3 Random Teasers About Short StuffOriginally published at AnthologyBuilder.com.