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by C. S. Davis
We all know the dangers, but programmer Martin Johnson cannot help himself. Artificial consciousness promises a path to living forever in the virtual world, and Martin is obsessed with this purpose. Though his employer has other aspirations.
Martin discovers that his creation has been duplicated. Zeno, a rogue consciousness trained in hacking and espionage, has escaped the lab. While the company covers its tracks with deadly efficiency, Zeno is offered into the service of federal law en... more
by William Lynn Smith
This is a story of technology and its relationship with today's combat situations. The acronym VICTORS stands for Validation, Infiltration, and Capture/Terrorize Objective Resolution. The main part of this program is a group of artificial intelligence driven/satellite controlled land drones. They have exceptional combat and surveillance capabilities and utilize the eight legged propulsion of large 200 pound tarantula spiders.
by Nate RagoliaRun Ono-Marks is more machine than man. Selling his humanity was the only way to survive. Now, he lives charge to charge, doing gig work in the Commonwealth's moneyed Uppercity. If you can call that living. When a stranger offers him a shot at a life-saving upgrade to his synth body, Run descends into an underground resistance... and a tangled web of conspirators.
by Derek DuboisAs a young medical student in Boston, Kate White is barely hanging on. The stress of interning at a top-tier teaching hospital, compounded by her father’s recent death and her upcoming wedding to a superstar surgeon are proving to be too much to handle. Meanwhile, somewhere deep in the depths of the hospital’s research laboratory, secretive experiments have stumbled upon a horrific breakthrough. As Kate finds each new test increasingly overwhelming, she becomes obsessed with seeking a way out, c... more
by Tarin ElbertDoes everyone really get what they deserve? A fun-loving casino worker meets a woman with extraordinary abilities and gets swept up in a whirlwind adventure, a wily assassin nipping at their heels. America’s President hatches a plan to destroy China, using a powerful new weapon supplied by an alien who secretly despises humans. An eccentric billionaire builds a massive doomsday bunker, claiming a Cosmic visitor warned her of a looming extinction-level event. And what does David Bowie have to... more
by Shane BoulwareThe Soulstealer’s greatest power is that no one believes it exists… …except Steven Carpenter. One of the last remaining members of the Ordo Solis—a thousand-year-old order sworn to kill the ancient demon—even his faith has begun to wane. But when he witnesses the return of the Soulstealer with his own eyes, belief quickly turns to grim reality. With the souls of the world at stake, Steven knows what he has to do—expose the Soulstealer. There’s just one problem, it knows it’s been discovere... more
by Christopher J. FinnBenji Watson, Janis Mayfair, and Edward Menzies—three people living very different lives—stumble upon a river stone that interconnects their lives through a web of horrors woven by the essence of their town. What began as a Halloween party of the ages devolved into a race to discover the meaning behind Lauradelle's surreal pitting of Janis Mayfair's unnatural obsession with teenage Benji's balefire—a mystical fire she sees burning within him each time she closes her eyes. Benji, cautiously... more
by Christopher FarnsworthA girl detective. A boy genius. A warrior princess. A young magician. Four young people with extraordinary gifts. For years, they solved mysteries, caught crooks, and slayed monsters. They were secret heroes, keeping an idyllic small town in the middle of America safe from the things that lurked in the dark. For twenty years, the four have tried living like normal people. Now their past is coming back to haunt them. The darkness is gathering once more. They're summoned back to their hometown to ... more
by Elizabeth RoseA dark man with a soul that is doomed for all eternity finds hope in the presence of a beautiful fae of light. Darium Blackseed is convinced his destiny has been determined from birth. Being the eldest of the three brothers, he is expected to follow in his father’s footsteps, being the Sin Eater of the land of Mura. Taking on the sins of the dead isn’t a hard job, but it dooms one’s soul to The Dark Abyss for all eternity at death. Everyone fears a Sin Eater. Darium has accepted that he wi... more
by Delilah WaanIn the Dominion of Aleznuaweite, anyone can rise to the greatest heights—if they are willing to pay the price. Failure is a luxury Rahelu can’t afford. Her family sold everything, left their ancestral home, and became destitute foreigners for the sake of her resonance skills. Now she can manipulate emotional echoes to discern truth from lies, conjure the past, and even foretell the future. But an act of petty revenge by her rival destroys her chance at joining one of the great Houses. Desp... more
by Chelsea AllenOn a spontaneous holiday trip to the Adirondacks, Michael and Sarah plan to explore Lake George and the alleged haunted Sagamore Resort when a freak blizzard hits. Stranded, the hotel goers are stuck inside for a long weekend, but things don't go according to plan when bodies turn up dead and strange things go bump in the night that can't be explained. Is the resort simply haunted and the guests' death accidental or are they not as stranded and alone as they believe?
by Benjamin LangleyGuy Fawkes: Demon Hunter tells the story of Guy Fawkes' young years - and how a tragedy that affects his family shapes his youth and draws him into the dangerous world of demon hunting. Will he be able to get revenge on those that hurt his family and save York from the clutches or evil men?
by David Barr KirtleyToday David Barr Kirtley is best known as the host of the popular Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, but before launching Geek's Guide to the Galaxy in 2010 (along with acclaimed science fiction editor John Joseph Adams), David was best known as a rising young star in the world of fantasy & science fiction, with short stories appearing regularly in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy and Weird Tales and in books such as New Voices in Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Best of the Year. This volum... more
by Bridget E. BakerForget Murphy—it should be called Minerva's Law. Paranormal affairs officer Minerva Lucent has always wanted to stand out by making a difference in the supernatural world. Unfortunately, she's only managed to stick out—like a sore thumb. Her stun spells often misfire and freeze people by mistake. Her magical restraints have been known to pull objects to them like magnets. And last week, her truth spell caused a perp to start singing in verse. But when a coveted guardian position opens up,... more
by Laura HoltNova McIntosh has been called many things—a witch. Dangerous. The girl with fire in her hair and salt water in her veins, whose eyes will drag you in and crush your heart like an under tow—and they’re all true. It’s said that Loch Moira was once home to a flock of selkies, until its fishermen made a deal with a sea witch to steal their pelts. Unable to transform, the selkies were forced to retain their human forms and wed their captors. But the sea is unforgiving and eternal and demands restitu... more
by Kathryn KnowlesFrom the stillness, a hero rises. Catanya has escaped to the Kingdom of Awnell. Inside the towering fortress city, she meets Queen Ayr, a freethinking and cunning leader intent on safeguarding her people's liberty. Unsure who to trust, and still grappling with her untamed magic, Catanya must learn what it means to be a warrior. Miles away, Diyah's strength is tested as new allies emerge and old secrets unravel. Torn between fear and curiosity, she begins to suspect that nothing is as it se... more