Available now: Shapers of Worlds Volume IV

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Shapers of Worlds Volume IV, the fourth anthology featuring authors who were guests on my podcast, The Worldshapers, is now available everywhere, including directly from Shadowpaw Press.

Here’s a handy universal URL with links to multiple sources.

When it launched on January 23, it was, for a while, the #1 release on Amazon in Science Fiction Anthologies.

In conjunction with the launch, I was interviewed by Shauna Powers on Saskatchewan Weekend on CBC Radio. I thought it was a great interview, and it turned out really well. 

Listen to the interview

The anthology received an excellent review from Tangent Online. “One of the most overall enjoyable anthologies I have had the pleasure of reading . . . I think that the editor says it best in his introduction: this collection is like a grand feast, made of many varied splendid ingredients, and you are quite sure to leave happy and satisfied when you are done. There is, I think, a little bit of something for everyone . . .” Read the whole review.

In addition, ten stories from the anthology have made Tangent Online‘s annual Recommended Reading List for short fiction, with two, Sarah A. Hoyt’s “Done With Mirrors” and my own “The Canceller” receiving the top ranking of three stars. Also recommended: “Presumed Alien” by David Boop; “Soldier of Fortune” by Edward M. Lerner, “The End of the Sagittarius Arc” by Jean-Louis Trudel, “BWDOC” by James Van Pelt, “Souvenirs” by Gail Z. Martin, and “Nineteenth Century Vase” by David Liss (each with one star); and “There’s Something Under the Bed” by Garon Whited and “Monster in the Second Reel” by Richard Paolinelli, each with two stars.

Just as a reminder, here’s the blurb:

The fourth in a series of powerhouse anthologies featuring some of today’s top authors of science fiction and fantasy

From the farthest reaches of our galaxy to the cozy-yet-mysterious spaces under beds and behind sofa cushions, from mystical realms of fantasy to the here-and-now and the very near future, the nineteen authors in this fourth collection of science fiction and fantasy by authors featured on the Aurora Award-winning podcast The Worldshapers offer readers a kaleidoscope of fantastical adventures in the company of unforgettable characters.

The editor of tyrannical bestselling author thinks she’s finally escaped their hellish relationship when the author dies . . . but she couldn’t be more wrong. A retired ghost-hunter’s life takes an unexpected turn when an immensely valuable magical vase from the nineteenth-century vase is brought to her attention. At the end of a millennia-long journey to the edge of the galaxy, a man who has lived a hundred lifetimes is reunited with his first true love in the midst of a battle for survival. Scarecrows that appear overnight on a lonely man’s lawn prove to be far more than the teenagers’ prank he thinks them to be. A man travels back in time to confront the attacker who destroyed his life, only to make a horrifying discovery. The Monster Under the Bed finally meets his match . . .

Shapers of Worlds Volume IV has new stories by David Boop, Michaelbrent Collings, Roy M. Griffis, Sarah A. Hoyt, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Noah Lemelson, Edward M. Lerner, David Liss, Gail Z. Martin, Joshua Palmatier, Richard Paolinelli, Jean-Louis Trudel, James van Pelt, Garon Whited, and Edward Willett, plus previously published stories by James Kennedy, Mark Leslie, R.S. Mellette, and Lavie Tidhar. Each story features an illustration by Wendi Nordell.

Travel into the past, the present, and the future in stories set in our world, in deep space, in worlds scattered across the multiverse, and in worlds that exist only in the imagination, all shaped by an outstanding collection of authors, many of them bestsellers and award-winners.

An unforgettable journey awaits. All you have to do is turn the page . . .

I’ve already started working on the Kickstarter for Shapers of Worlds Volume V!

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