Chapters and excerpts from novels and graphic novels from various publishers

March 25 2015

The Memory Painter (Excerpt)

Gwendolyn Womack
March 9 2015

Superposition (Excerpt)

David Walton
March 4 2015

Razorhurst (Excerpt)

Justine Larbalestier
February 24 2015

Persona (Excerpt)

Genevieve Valentine
In a world where diplomacy has become celebrity, a young ambassador survives an assassination attempt and must join with an undercover paparazzo in a race to save her life, spin the story, and secure the future of her young country.
February 23 2015

Voyage of the Basilisk (Excerpt)

Marie Brennan
Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found.
February 20 2015

Icefall (Excerpt)

Gillian Philip
Death stalks Seth MacGregor’s clan in their otherworld exile. Kate NicNiven is close to ultimate victory, and she is determined that nothing will keep her from it. Not even the thing that took her soul: the horror that lurks in the sea caves.
February 19 2015

Dead Spots (Excerpt)

Rhiannon Frater
Driving across Texas, Mackenzie swerves to avoid hitting a deer and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life, but most are besieged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly.
February 18 2015

The Devil’s Only Friend (Excerpt)

Dan Wells
John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons: they’ve killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he’s always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can. But the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full scale supernatural war.
February 17 2015

Harrison Squared (Excerpt)

Daryl Gregory
Daryl Gregory’s Harrison Squared is a thrilling and colorful Lovecraftian adventure of a teenage boy searching for his mother, and the macabre creatures he encounters
February 12 2015

The Doll Collection

Ellen Datlow
The Doll Collection is an anthology designed to frighten and delight, featuring all-original dark tales of dolls from bestselling and award-winning authors.
February 10 2015

Bones & All (Excerpt)

Camille DeAngelis
Maren Yearly doesn’t just break hearts, she devours them. Ever since her mother found Penny Wilson’s eardrum in her mouth when Maren was just two years old, she knew life would never be normal for either of them. Love may come in many shapes and sizes, but for Maren, it always ends the same--with her hiding the evidence and her mother packing up the car.
February 6 2015

The Violent Century (Excerpt)

For seventy years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, a secret that tore them apart.
February 5 2015

Madness in Solidar (Excerpt)

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Four centuries after its founding, Solidar’s Collegium of Imagers is in decline, the exploits of its founder, the legendary Quaeryt, largely forgotten. The Collegium is so lacking in leadership that the dying Maitre must summon Alastar, an obscure but talented senior imager from Westisle far to the south who has little knowledge of politics in the capital, as his successor.
February 3 2015

The Winner’s Crime (Excerpt)

A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making.
February 2 2015

Daughter of Gods and Shadows (Excerpt)

Jayde Brooks
Eden Reid is twenty-four year old ancient god from Brooklyn, New York. But she doesn’t know about the god part. Yet.
January 29 2015

Dark Intelligence (Excerpt)

Neal Asher
Thorvald Spear wakes in a hospital to find he’s been brought back from the dead. What’s more, he died in a human vs. alien war that ended a century ago... Dark Intelligence is the explosive first novel in a brand new trilogy from military SF master Neal Asher and a new chapter in his epic Polity universe.
January 26 2015

Classical Antiquity and Western Identity in Battlestar Galactica

Vince Tomasso
Classical Traditions in Science Fiction—edited by Brett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens—is the first collection dedicated to the rich study of science fiction's classical heritage, offering a much-needed mapping of its cultural and intellectual terrain.
January 23 2015

Shadow (Excerpt)

Will Elliott
The Wall at World’s End has been brought down, and war is coming to the magical world of Levaal. Eric and his newfound friends are forced to flee from the Tormentors, dreadful creatures that have poured through the breach. Worse yet, the mad Lord Vous’s journey to godhood is almost complete, and a mysterious being called Shadow is wandering Levaal with great power but no purpose it yet understands...
January 19 2015

Beyond Redemption Excerpt and Cover Reveal

Michael R. Fletcher
When belief defines reality, those with the strongest convictions-—the crazy, the obsessive, the delusional-—have the power to shape the world. And someone is just mad enough to believe he can create a god.
January 16 2015

Fortune’s Blight (Excerpt)

Evie Manieri
Fortune’s Blight by Evie Manieri continues the conflict begun in the novel Blood’s Pride. Victory for the Shadari rebels has come at a terrible price...
January 15 2015

Finn Fancy Necromancy (Excerpt)

Randy Henderson
Finn Gramaraye was framed for the crime of dark necromancy at the age of 15, and exiled to the Other Realm for twenty five years. But now that he’s free, someone—probably the same someone—is trying to get him sent back.
January 14 2015

The Glass Arrow (Excerpt)

Kristen Simmons
Aya has spent her whole life in the mountains, looking out for her family and hiding from the world, until the day the Trackers finally catch her. Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family.
January 13 2015

The Eterna Files (Excerpt)

Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega, a group that secretly investigates paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire's first mission: find the Eterna Compound, which grants immortality.
January 12 2015

Karen Memory (Excerpt)

Elizabeth Bear offers something new in Karen Memory, an absolutely entrancing steampunk novel set in Seattle in the late 19th century —- an era when airships plied the trade routes bringing would-be miners heading up to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront.
January 9 2015

Uprooted (Excerpt)

Naomi Novik
January 9 2015

Red Equinox (Excerpt)

Douglas Wynne
January 7 2015

Inside a Silver Box (Excerpt)

Walter Mosley
Walter Mosley’s Inside a Silver Box continues to explore the cosmic questions entertainingly discussed in his Crosstown to Oblivion. From life’s meaning to the nature of good and evil, Mosley takes readers on a speculative journey beyond reality.
January 6 2015

Three (Excerpt)

Kristen Simmons
Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence. But all that’s left is smoking ruins...