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From Sword and Sorcery to Paranormal Romance, from Weird Fiction to Fairy Tales, Fantasy For Good presents a wide range of exciting short fiction to accommodate every taste. In this collection of thirty stories, legendary authors (including NYT Bestsellers and World Fantasy Award winners) and great new up-and-comers in the genre spin tales of magic and mayhem.
Featuring brand new fiction from Piers Anthony, Michael Moorcock, Carrie Vaughn, Kelley Armstrong, Alan Dean Foster, Katharine Kerr, David Farland, Jane Lindskold, Nnedi Okorafor, Todd McCaffrey and many more, alongside classic tales from George R.R. Martin, Jay Lake, Kevin J Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, and Neil Gaiman.
Fantasy For Good also includes a classic tale by master novelist, Roger Zelazny, author of the Nine Princes of Amber, who passed away in 1995 after a battle with colorectal cancer. His son, Trent, provides a moving introduction.
All proceeds from the sale of this anthology go directly to The Colon Cancer Alliance, a charity dedicated to the prevention of this deadly disease, as well as funding research and supporting patients who suffer from it.
Our cover was painted by the extremely talented Paul Pederson.
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Michael Moorcock – Contributor
The Times once called Moorcock one of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. This legendary writer and editor has thrilled fans for decades with tales of Elric, Corum, Hawkmoon, Jerry Cornelius and even Doctor Who!
Visit Moorcock’s Miscellany.
Nnedi Okorafor – Contributor
Nnedi Okorafor is an award-winning author and a professor at Chicago State University. She is the author of several books for young people, and her first adult novel, Who Fears Death, won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2011. She recently signed a three-book deal with Hodder & Stoughton, which kicked off with Lagoon in March 2014.
You can find out more here.
Piers Anthony – Contributor
While Anthony is most famous for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth, he has written more than 100 books in various genres. He’s been a New York Times bestselling author over twenty times and has won every major genre award.
See more of his work here.
Alan Dean Foster – Contributor
Foster’s career spans over forty years, during which time he has novelized a host of movies from Star Trek to Transformers to Terminator. George Lucas may have his name on the 1976 novelization Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, but it was Foster who wrote the book. He’s also well known for the Humanx Commonwealth series of SF novels, dozens of standalone books, anthologies and collections, various trilogies and the fantasy series, Spellsinger.
Visit his official page.
Kelley Armstrong – Contributor
New York Times #1 Bestselling author, Kelley Armstrong is best known for the Women of the Otherworld and the Darkest Powers series. This popular Canadian author has written children’s books, crime novels and numerous short stories and novellas. She is currently very busy promoting her latest releases, The Rising and Loki’s Wolves (with Melissa Marr).
Visit her official page.
Jay Lake – Contributor (reprint)
The late Jay Lake won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction in 2004, and since then he was astonishingly prolific in multiple genres. He wrote ten novels, hundreds of short stories and he edited the Polyphony anthology series for Wheatland Press.
In 2008, Jay was diagnosed with colon cancer, and in May 2014 he passed away. His frank and brutally honest blog has given his fans and admirers a unique window into his journey, and everyone should read it.
Due to his failing health, Jay was not be able to write an original piece for this anthology but he kindly offered us a reprint.
Samit Basu – Contributor
Samit is well known in his native India where he wrote his first novel, The Simoqin Prophecies, when he was just 22. It was published a year later. Since then he has completed the GameWorld trilogy, all of which have topped the Indian bestsellers list. In 2012, Samit came to the attention of western readers with his superhero novel, Turbulence, which won an award from Wired Magazine. He has written comics and a YA novel, and he is also a columnist, screenwriter and documentary filmmaker.
Visit his official site to find out more.
Jane Lindskold – Contributor
Jane is a New York Times best selling, internationally published author of over sixty short stories and twenty-two novels. Her most famous works include the acclaimed Firekeeper fantasy series, which began with Through Wolf’s Eyes and concluded with Wolf’s Blood, and the Breaking the Wall series.
Jane’s mentor was the late, great Roger Zelazny, who died in 1995 after a battle with colorectal cancer. Our cause is therefore one close to Jane’s heart and we are delighted to announce her involvement with this anthology.
Please visit her official site.
Carrie Vaughn – Contributor
New York Times Best-selling author Carrie Vaughn is best known for her popular Kitty Norville urban fantasy series about a werewolf who hosts a radio phone-in show. She is also the author of several standalone young adult and fantasy novels and has dozens of short story credits to her name. In 2011, her story Amaryllis (originally published in Lightspeed magazine) was nominated for a Hugo award.
Visit her official site for more info.
Jaye Wells – Contributor
USA Today Best-selling author, Jaye Wells lives in Texas and is best known for her popular series of Sabina Kaye novels and novellas about a half-mage, half-vampire assassin. Jaye describes her latest novels, the Prospero Series, as speculative crime fiction. Kate Prospero is a cop who busts covens of wizards who sell illegal magic. The first of this new series, Dirty Magic, will be released in January 2014, with a follow up, Cursed Moon, scheduled for August 2014.
Find out more on her site.
David Farland – Contributor
New York Times Best-selling author David Wolverton has penned dozens of science fiction novels, including hugely successful Star Wars titles and The Golden Queen series. As David Farland, he created one of fantasy’s most beloved series, The Runelords, which spans eight best selling novels with a ninth coming in 2014. His Ravenspell series for younger readers began last year, and he has won awards for his historical fiction and YA novels. He is also a creative writing instructor, an editor, a writing competition judge, a videogame designer, a screenwriter and a movie producer.
Visit his official site for more info.
Steven Savile – Contributor
Steven has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval, Stargate, Warhammer, Slaine, Fireborn, Pathfinder, Arkham Horror, Rogue Angel, WarMachine, and other popular game and comic worlds. His novels have been published in eight languages to date, including the Italian bestseller L’eridita. He won the International Media Association of Tie-In Writers award for his Primeval novel, Shadow Of The Jaguar, and The inaugural Lifeboat to the Stars award for Tau Ceti (co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson). His debut thriller, Silver, reached #2 in the Amazon UK e-charts. His latest books include HNIC (with Hip Hop artist Prodigy of Mobb Deep) and the novelization of the computer game Risen 2: Dark Waters. He is currently working on The Harrowing, an original epic fantasy novel.
Visit his official site for more info.
George R. R. Martin – Contributor (reprint)
George R. R. Martin is the author of the international bestselling A Song Of Ice And Fire series and the co-executive producer of the hugely successful HBO TV series based on those books, Game of Thrones. For a decade he worked in television, including work for Beauty and the Beast, Max Headroom and The Twilight Zone. He has written fantasy, science fiction and horror, but it is his stories of the Seven Kingdoms that have propelled him to international acclaim.
While time constraints prevent Mr Martin from writing an original story for us, he has graciously agreed to provide us with a reprint of one of his short stories.
If you would like to know more, please visit his official site.
Jackie Kessler – Contributor
Jackie is the American author of the Hell on Earth urban fantasy series and is the co-author (with Caitlin Kittredge) of the Icarus Project superhero novels. She’s had numerous short stories published in various magazines, including Realms of Fantasy and Farthing, and she contributed a story for Dark Horse Comic’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer series. As Jackie Morse Kessler, she’s penned four young adult novels in the Riders of the Apocalypse series.
Her web site is here.
Neil Gaiman – Contributor (reprint)
Gaiman is one of the most beloved authors working today. He is the internationally bestselling author of Neverwhere, Coraline, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), American Gods, Stardust and, most recently, the highly successful The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. He has won every major award in the field of science fiction, fantasy, horror and children’s literature, including the Hugo, the Nebula, the Stoker and the Locus. He is the creator of the hugely popular Sandman comics, and has written two episodes for the television series Doctor Who.
For more details see his official site here.
Roger Zelazny – Contributor (reprint)
The late ROGER ZELAZNY is the legendary author behind the much-loved Amber Chronicles, which began in 1970 with Nine Princes of Amber. The series is considered by many to be one of the finest ever written. During his career, he was awarded with six Hugos and 3 Nebula awards (after being nominated a staggering 14 times for each), as well as a host of other awards. He wrote around 50 novels, 150 shorts and 3 collections of poetry, and he also edited multiple anthologies.
Roger left us too soon in 1995 after being diagnosed with colon cancer. We are honoured and delighted to include one of his classic stories in this volume.
Find out more at his official site.
Ken Scholes – Contributor
Ken is the award-winning author of the popular Psalms of Isaak series, which numbers four novels so far with a fifth entry, Hymn, coming later this year. He has won Writers of the Future as well as France’s Prix Imaginales award. His short stories have appeared in Clarkesworld and Realms of Fantasy among others, and many are available in two published collections of short fiction. He is a public speaker and frequent panellist, as well as a songwriter and musician.
Please take a look at Ken’s official site.
S.C. Hayden – Contributor
S.C. Hayden’s fiction has been published in journals, magazines and anthologies, podcasted, shouted from rooftops, and scrawled on bathroom walls across the English-speaking world. Authorities have recently placed him in Savannah GA, but you can find him at www.schayden.com.
Hayden’s story is dedicated to the memory of his father, John Francis Hayden, who was taken from those who loved him, by cancer, in May of 1992.
Kyle Aisteach – Contributor
Kyle is a writer, blogger, and educator based in Fresno, California. His work has previously been seen in Cosmos Magazine, Digital Science Fiction, Emerald Sky, Stupefying Stories, and in various anthologies. At 6’4″ and 260 pounds, Kyle Aisteach is one of the biggest authors in this anthology.
For more information please visit his site.
Megan Moore – Contributor
Megan is a writer and artist based out of her native north Texas. She is currently working on numerous projects, including a YA novel. Megan made her writing debut in the shared-world anthology World’s Collider, with a second story featuring in Nightscapes: Volume 1.
Frances Silversmith – Contributor
Frances writes computer software for a living, and science fiction and fantasy stories for fun. She lives in a small town in Germany with her husband, seven guinea pigs, and an Icelandic horse. Her fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction and the Grantville Gazette.
Please visit her website.
David Parish-Whittaker – Contributor
A winner of the Writers of the Future contest, David writes for the steampunk series Space 1889. He has written tie-in fiction for the upcoming game Dragon Assault by Symbiant Studios and Europa Universalis by Paradox Development Studio. His short fiction has also appeared in Every Day Fiction. Besides fiction, he writes videogame reviews and analysis for Bag of Games. By day, he’s a captain for a national airline. In previous incarnations, he has been a naval flight officer on the carrier based Viking jet, traffic watch pilot and aerobatic instructor. He lives in San Diego with his dog Molly and his horse Rocinante. He likes to play harp, screw around with small planes and joust.
You can find out more at his website.
David’s story is dedicated to his late wife Janet, who he lost to cancer in 2011, and his friend Guinevere Morones who is currently fighting the good fight against the big C.
Marina J. Lostetter – Contributor
Marina’s short fiction has appeared in venues such as InterGalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy’s Edge, and Penumbra. In 2012, her story, “Master Belladino’s Mask” won second place in the Writers of the Future contest. Her most recent publications include a tie-in novelette for the Star Citizen game universe, which is currently being serialized, and the cover story for IGMS’s 37th issue. Marina lives in Arkansas with her husband, Alex.
Please take a look at Marina’s official site.
Henry Szabranski – Contributor
Henry’s fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Daily Science Fiction. He lives in Buckinghamshire, UK, with his wife and two young sons.
Please visit his site for more details.
Michael Ezell – Contributor
A former US Marine and ex SoCal police officer, Michael lives in California with his wife and two sons. Michael’s work will appear this year in Stupefying Stories’ Weird Wild West edition, and two additional anthologies: I, AUTOMATON and GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD.
Carmen Tudor – Contributor
Carmen writes speculative adult and young adult fiction from Melbourne, Australia. Her stories feature in various international anthologies and can be found in Miseria’s Chorale, Cellar Door: Words of Beauty, Tales of Terror, and Spirited: 13 Haunting Tales.
For more about Carmen, please visit her site.
Kevin J Anderson & Rebecca Moesta – Contributors (reprint)
Rebecca is the author of a Buffy novel and three Junior Jedi Knights Star Wars books. Together with husband Kevin she has written fourteen more Star Wars novels, along with multiple tie-ins and movie novelizations. They have also released the Crystal Doors trilogy together.
As a solo writer, Kevin has written several more Star Wars novels as well as X-Files tie-ins, and he’s co-authored over a dozen novels in the Dune universe with Brian Herbert. He is well known for the Saga of Seven Suns series of original novels, as well as the Terra Incognita trilogy, the Dan Shamble Zombie PI series and many more.
See more here.
Todd McCaffrey – Contributor
Todd is the youngest son of legendary author Anne McCaffrey and is best known for his collaborations with his mother for the Dragonriders of Pern series. Todd has written or co-written multiple novels in the Pern series and continues his late mother’s timeless legacy to this day. He has written many short stories and even a Choose Your Own Adventure type novel.
In addition to his novel writing, Todd is a mechanical engineer, a pilot, a screenwriter and an artist.
For more about Todd, please visit his site.
James Enge – Contributor
James is the author of Blood of Ambrose, which was nominated for a World Fantasy Award, This Crooked Way, the forthcoming The Wolf Age, and the A Tournament of Shadows trilogy: A Guile of Dragons, Wrath-Bearing Tree, and The Wide World’s End. His short fiction has appeared in Black Gate, Flashing Swords, and Every Day Fiction. He is an instructor of classical languages at a Midwestern university in the US.
James’s website has more information.
Katharine Kerr – Contributor
Katharine has been a mainstay of fantasy sections in bookstores everywhere for the past four decades. Her best known works comprise the Deverry series, which began in 1986 with Daggerspell and spans fifteen volumes. She is also an accomplished SF writer, most notably with her Polar City books and many standalone novels. Her most recent urban fantasy series features Secret Agent Nola O’Grady. She has edited several anthologies, written multiple short stories and has contributed gaming modules to TSR and others.
Check out her website.
Trent Zelazny – Introduction
Trent is an award winning novelist, a playwright, an anthology editor and a short story writer. The son of famous SF and fantasy novellist Roger Zelazny, Trent has forged his own path in the publishing world. His work tends towards the darker side of fiction but is always hard to pin down in any one category. His novels include Fractal Despondency, Shadowboxer, Butterfly Potion and Too Late to Call Texas.
In addition to his very moving introduction, he has also been a key supporter of this project from the start. We are very grateful for all his help.
Paul Pederson – Cover Artist
Talented artist Paul Pederson has graciously allowed Fantasy For Good to use his amazing artwork for our cover. In 2012 he won the L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest. You should head over to his website immediately to see more stunning artwork!
Jordan Ellinger – Co-Editor
Jordan Ellinger is an award winning writer and screenwriter. He is the Executive Editor of Every Day Fiction and has worked with some of the biggest names in genre fiction. In his spare time, he produces the podcast Hide and Create which focuses on the craft of writing from the perspective of a tie-in writer, a traditionally published author, a freelance editor, and an indie success story.
Jordan’s website is here.
Richard Salter – Co-Editor
British born writer and editor Richard Salter now lives in Canada. He is the editor of World’s Collider – an apocalyptic mosaic novel, and has written many short stories (including one for This Is How You Die – Machine of Death 2). He runs this website and his debut novel, The Patchwork House, is due for release in late 2014 from Nightscape Press.