Two brand new anthologies featuring my stories just hit the streets last week. Both of these are fun, frightening, and, in the case of the latter one, will help an outstanding cause.
The Scarlet Order is a band of vampire mercenaries who have fought for governments throughout the ages. In 1937, the Nazi party attempts to hire them, but Desmond Drake, leader of the Scarlet Order, turns them down, feeling Nazis are too evil for blood sucking vampires to help. Because even vampires can be destroyed, Drake must flee aboard the Hindenburg. On the fateful flight, he encounters a strange being even more powerful and deadly than himself.
As for sparkly Vampires? Oh Pluuueeeaasse! Since when have there been sparkling vampires? Are they a new brand of champagne or what? Vampires are supposed to be wily, tricky, and even evil. And they never, ever sparkle. In this book, you’ll find stories with some refreshing takes on vampires: vampire heroes, vampire villains, humorous vampires, among others. Check out 27 stories with the most bite by Lyn McConchie, Cynthia Ward, Lillian Csernica, Rhonda Parrish, John Lance, and other exceptional authors. Grab some garlic, wooden stakes, and crucifixes, and get ready to party, because these vampires don’t sparkle.
Who you are depends on who’s telling your story, and in this charity anthology, 22 authors get the chance to tell us who Anthony Cardno is. Some of these stories are horror, some are science fiction, some are westerns … and some even have happy endings. On the watery alien planet of Jay Lake’s “Cold Statues,” an orphaned boy on the good ship Anthony Cardno finally gets closure by visiting the site where his parents died. In the far future of Mary Robinette Kowal’s “The White Phoenix Feather,” famous actor Anthony Cardno tries his hand at Extreme Dining. There are ninjas involved. Alien ninjas. The authors of these 20 stories and two songs have donated their words to help Anthony R. Cardno raise money for cancer research and support. All proceeds from the sales will go directly to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, to enhance their mission of providing aid and comfort to those fighting all forms or this torturous disease.
So, what happens when you run out of zombies? Yes, you read that right. That’s the question I tackle in the story “The Zombie Shortage” which appears in The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno. This is a fun tale set in a post-apocalyptic world that has become reminiscent of those found in Universal’s classic monster movies. The story first appeared in the anthology Zombiefied: An Anthology of All Things Zombie, but this version has been altered, casting Anthony Cardno as the mad doctor.
The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno is available at Amazon.com.