The first in the Transient Tales series collects 11 short stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror, totalling 20,000 words and ranging from light to dark and all shades in-between.
Volume 1 features dysfunctional families--some demonic, some that don't have that excuse--monstrous assassins, pragmatic cannibals, time-travelling reality TV shows, zombies, witches, phobias made real, law-breaking love and lessons in post-apocalyptic survival.
The Fine Art of Fortune-Telling - Jane's going to meet the love of her life. Again. And again. And again.
Precious Things - If you find something in the woods... maybe it's best to leave it there.
Meredith Said - Zach's preparing for his first trip through his father's teleportation gateway. He's supposed to be going home, but maybe that depends on the definition of the word.
Toil and Trouble - A witchy grandmother, a book of spells, a recipe for a love potion. It's the perfect way to find a date, right?
The God of Blood and Bone - They always look at the husband first. So when Vince wants his wife dead, he's very discerning about the choice of assassin.
What We Leave Behind - There are some things you need to survive after the breakdown of civilisation. And some you don't.
The Author of Your Own Misfortune - Always read the small print of your insurance policy. Especially the one covering trips back in time.
Behind Glass - Tom's sick. He's feverish, aching and having blackouts. And he's hungry. So very hungry.
Nameless, Unreasoning, Unjustified - Humans reach the stars, and find they're not alone. Neither are they welcome.
A Cat May Look at a Queen - If you make the rules, you have to live by them.
What Doesn't Kill You - Everyone knows you can't live in the rotting devastation of the Blight. But Olivia's going to try.
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Published January 28, 2013
by Transient Cactus Publications.
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction.