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Book Cover: Winter Holiday Spectacular 2021 Calendar of Short Stories
Part of the Calendar of Stories series:
  • Winter Holiday Spectacular 2021 Calendar of Short Stories

What is the Calendar of Short Stories?

Each story falls in one of three genres:

  • Mistletoe Moments features romance stories set during the winter holiday season.
  • A Weird Holiday Season features stories about winter holidays that are unusual or just plain weird.
  • Cold-Blooded Christmas features crime stories set during the winter holiday season.

Here’s how it works:

Every day, after Thanksgiving and running until the New Year, you will get an original short story sent to you (or the recipient of your choice) via email.

Each story is accompanied by an introduction in which award-winning editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch will tell you which kind of story you have, be it a A Weird Holiday Season story or a darker Cold-Blooded Christmas crime story or a Mistletoe Moments romance.

You will get each story in ebook format (epub and mobi), so you can read them daily on your own device, anywhere, anytime you choose. Or you can store them up and binge on a weekend.

Your choice.

For those who subscribe on or after November 25, your subscription will begin on the Monday following your purchase. We will also send an email containing all of the stories that you missed so far in one bulk email on that same Monday.

For those who subscribe on or after December 27, all of the stories will be delivered to you in a single email on January 3.

As an added bonus, all subscribers will receive The Holiday Spectacular #3 ebook compilation, which includes all 38 stories and introductions. The compilation volume will be released in July 2022.

That’s Really Messed Up

Edited by Dean Wesley Smith

A crazy collection of twisted stories in the tradition of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, from the editor of Pulphouse, Dean Wesley Smith.

Head-shaking stories such as the one about a cop with a rose for a head in search of the evil murderer The Pruner. Or the one about sentient boogers, or the tale of those pesky Martians…

A truly hilarious batch of stories from some of the best writers working today.

“Resolutions ’R Us” by Annie Reed
“The Birth of Booger Nation” by David H. Hendrickson
“A Menagerie of Messed Up Shorts” by Mark Leslie
“Sniff the Source” by Stephannie Tallent
“In which Dean Wesley Smith Is Forced to Buy a Story about a Queen for Pulphouse Magazine” by Brigid Collins
“Fatal Plot Device” by Kelly Washington
“Goddamn Martians” by Ezekiel James Boston
“Killing Confucius” by Tina Back
“Bodacious Billy and the Bazooms of Droom” by Jason A. Adams
“Why the Cop with a Rose for a Head Wears a Rose-Head Mask” by Robert Jeschonek

Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue #12

Edited by Dean Wesley Smith

The Cutting Edge of Modern Short Fiction

A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up twenty-one fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction.

No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high-quality fiction equals Pulphouse.

“This is definitely a strong start. All the stories have a lot of life to them, and are worthwhile reading.” —Tangent Online on Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, Issue #1

Includes:
“Jesting Pilate” by Lee Allred
“Exchange Policy” by Scott William Carter
“Dead Girlfriend” by Ray Vukcevich
“Laugh Track” by David H. Hendrickson
“Family Bonds” by R.W. Wallace
“Mystery Weekend” by J. Roderick Clark
“A Magical Negro” by Ezekiel James Boston
“Be Very, Very Afraid” by Jerry Oltion
“Barely Decent” by Kent Patterson
“Call Me Peaches” by Daemon Crowe
“Death by Vodka” by Robert J. McCarter
“Virtual Oracle” by Leigh Saunders
“Machine in the Ghost” by Rob Vagle
“The Postcard” by David Stier
“Gordie Culligan vs. Dr. Longbeach and the HVAC of Doom” by J. Steven York
“On Red Mountain” by Robin Brande
“Fort Dumpster” by O’Neil De Noux
“Scrawny Pete” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“My Father, the Popsicle” by Annie Reed
“The Neighborhood” by Angela Penrose
“As if My Every Word Has Turned to Glass” by Robert Jeschonek

Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue #11

Edited by Dean Wesley Smith

A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up nineteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction.

 

No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high-quality fiction equals Pulphouse.

 

Includes:
“Tinker Henry and the Clockwork Whore” by Jim Gotaas
“A Rough Day at Theophice” by  Kathy and Jerry Oltion
“Protagonist” by Steve Perry
“Lost Friends” by R. W. Wallace
“Death by Cookie” by Robert J. McCarter
“Honor Thy Father” by Annie Reed
“Market Street” by O’Neil De Noux
“An Incursion of Mice” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Divinity School” by Kent Patterson
“Yesterday, When I Was Twenty” by Angela Penrose
“In All Your Sparkling Raiment Soar” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Amazing RBG” by David H. Hendrickson
“Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Boy” by Ray Vukcevich
“Urine Deep Trouble” by Cèline Malgen
“Vital Force” by P. D. Singer
“Reunion Seeking” by Rob Vagle
“Bravo and Jazz” by Ron Collins
“The Last Backyard Defender” by J. Steven York
“Down to the Last” by Lee Allred

Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue #10

Edited by Mark Leslie

The Cutting Edge of Modern Short Fiction

A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up sixteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction. No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high quality fiction equals Pulphouse.

“The stories are all strong (not surprising when you have years of good stories to pick from) and show an off-kilter sensibility that I found very fresh even after all this time. If this is a taste of what’s to come, it’s worth giving Pulphouse a look.”
—Tangent Online on Issue Zero

Includes:
“Paintings of Cats by Mice” by Annie Reed
“Flat Bernie Saves Stanley” by Johanna Rothman
“The Conjurer of the Canvas” by Phillip McCollum
“Custard: A Romeo & Juliet Story (Sort of)” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Sometimes Grandma’s Gotta Cut A Bitch” by Leah R. Cutter
“Blind Eclipse” by Rob Vagle
“Would Sir Prefer the 1918 Influenza?” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Developmental Adventures of Phil” by Jason A. Adams
“Visage” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Used to be Your Victim” by Stephen Couch
“The Artist, The Engineer, and The Sleeping Dog” by Robert J. McCarter
“Drumbeats” by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart
“Just Write!” by James Gotaas
“Role of a Lifetime” by David H. Hendrickson
“Sergei’s Swan Song” by C.A. Rowland
“Vamp Until Doomsday” by Stefon Mears

Love. An essential and important part of the human experience. And in Feel the Love, editor Mark Leslie takes readers on a journey through the various forms of that powerful emotion. From the heartwarming to the heartbreaking, these eighteen talented writers brilliantly capture the concept of love. Comforting and thoughtful, uplifting and warm, these stories might just restore your faith in humanity.

Table of Contents
“Thief” by Michael Kowal
“Death’s Other Cousin” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Making Amends” by David Stier
“Frostwitch vs. the Ravages of Time” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Goddess Killer” by Lauryn Christopher
“Love Locks” by Dale Hartley Emery
“Love Bots” by Dæmon Crowe
“Loving Abby” by Angela Penrose
“Foiled” by Brigid Collins
“A Love to Remember” by Tonya D. Price
“The Refurbished Companion” by Kelly Washington
“The Secret of Catnip” by Stefon Mears
“Lifeblood” by Alexandra Brandt
“Who Loves the Unloved?” by Laura Ware
“Henry and Beth at the Funeral Home” by Joe Cron
“Truth and Lies” by David H. Hendrickson
“With Love in Their Hearts” by Robert Jeschonek
“Every Day New, Bright and Beautiful” by Annie Reed

A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up eighteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction. No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high quality fiction equals Pulphouse.

“This is definitely a strong start. All the stories have a lot of life to them, and are worthwhile reading.”—Tangent Online on Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, Issue #1

Includes
“Small Discrete Intervals from a Sample Size of One” by J. Steven York
“Daisy’s Heart” by Robert J. McCarter
“Dogmatic Computing” by Kent Patterson
“Suicide by UFO” by Jerry Oltion
“Another Door” by Annie Reed
“Introducing Alligators” by Preston Dennett
“The Mouse Is Watching” by S. Andrew Swann
“Dreams Of Memories Never Lived” by Rob Vagle
“A Pathetic Excuse for a Dragon” by David H. Hendrickson
“Moulin Rouge” by Jason A. Adams
“Maddie Sue’s Locket” by C.A. Rowland
“Rough Draft” by Kevin J. Anderson (written with Rebecca Moesta)
“A Good Shooting” by O’Neil De Noux
“Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” by Teri J. Babcock
“Lost Book” by Ryan M. Williams
“Acceptable Losses” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“A Choose Your Own Fangle Adventure” by Robert Jeschonek
“Say Hello to my Little Friend” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Minions at work: White Space” by J. Steven York

The Cutting Edge of Modern Short Fiction

A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up eighteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction. No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high quality fiction equals Pulphouse.

“This is definitely a strong start. All the stories have a lot of life to them, and are worthwhile reading.”—Tangent Online on Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, Issue #1

Includes:

“Valley Girl Vampire to Save the World” by Stephanie Writt

“The Warrior Women of Apartment 3C” by Annie Reed

“Breathing in the Stars” by Robert J. McCarter

“Retired from Henching” by Ezekiel James Boston

“The Networked Path of the Cyber Zamurai” by David Bruns

“Disturbing the Peace” by O'Neil De Noux

“The Rhythm Method: The Percussor’s Tale” by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart

“C is for Sissies” by Kent Patterson

“The Preacher's Kid and the 2004 Red Sox” by David H. Hendrickson

“From the Good Old Days” by Jim Gotaas

“The Art of the Prank Phone Call” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“Human Subjects” by Ray Vukcevich

“Planet Suds and the Sockpocalypse” by Lisa Silverthorne

“Just Desserts” by R.W. Wallace

“Obsession” by Jerry Oltion

“Flowers for Mother” by J. Steven York

“For the Love of Books” by Jason A. Adams

“The Spinach Can's Son” by Robert Jeschonek

“Minions at Work: Bar None” by J. Steven York

Book Cover: Pulphouse #8

The Cutting Edge of Modern Short Fiction

A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up eighteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction. No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high quality fiction equals Pulphouse.

“This is definitely a strong start. All the stories have a lot of life to them, and are worthwhile reading.”—Tangent Online on Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, Issue #1

Includes

“The Hero of Calliope Springs: A Clockwork Cowboy Story” by J. Steven York

“Dirt Dancer” by Joslyn Chase

“Eternal Flame” by Rob Vagle

“Seeing Him for the First Time” by David H. Hendrickson

“No Common Scents” by Jim Gotaas

“With Light Years Between Us” by Robert J. McCarter

“Unfamiliar, Foreign, Outré” by Jerry Oltion

“Taking Care of Business” by Mary Jo Rabe

“A Night Under the Stars” by Lisa Silverthorne

“Pretty Rita” by O'Neil De Noux

“Leftovers” by B.A. Paul

“Degrading” by Ezekiel James Boston

“Thumpman at the Keys” by Kent Patterson

“Road Kill: A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Story” by Kevin J. Anderson

“A Warriors Death” by Stephanie Writt

“In-Class Assignment” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“Life, With Cats” Annie Reed

“Blackbeard's Aliens” by Robert Jeschonek

“Minions at Work: Head Case” by J. Steven York

Book Cover: Hell of a Band: Twelve Fantasy Stories
Editions:Kindle: $ 3.99 USDPaperback: $ 9.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1948134132
Pages: 220

From dragons to retirement homes…

From music to email Spam…

From Africa to the Garden of Eden…

From the comic to the deadly serious.

Award-winning master of the fantastic, David H. Hendrickson, spins spellbinding tales wherever he looks…

and these twelve stories prove it.

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