Chapters and excerpts from novels and graphic novels from various publishers

April 3 2015

Last of the Sandwalkers (Comic Excerpt)

Jay Holser
Nestled in the grass under the big palm tree by the edge of the desert there is an entire civilization--a civilization of beetles.
April 2 2015

The Last Quarrel (Excerpt)

Duncan Lay
Gaelland is a nation gripped by fear. In the country, fishing boats return with their crews mysteriously vanished, while farms are left empty, their owners gone into the night, meals still on the table. In the cities, children disappear from the streets or even out of their own beds.
March 25 2015

The Memory Painter (Excerpt)

Gwendolyn Womack
Two lovers who have traveled across time. A team of scientists at the cutting edge of memory research. A miracle drug that unlocks an ancient mystery.
March 24 2015

The Grace of Kings (Excerpt)

Two men rebel together against tyranny and then become rivals in Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings
March 9 2015

Superposition (Excerpt)

David Walton
Jacob Kelley’s family is turned upside down when an old friend turns up, waving a gun and babbling about an alien quantum intelligence.
March 4 2015

Razorhurst (Excerpt)

Justine Larbalestier
Gloriana Nelson and Mr. Davidson, two ruthless mob bosses, have reached a fragile peace—one maintained by “razor men.” Kelpie, orphaned and homeless, is blessed (and cursed) with the ability to see Razorhurst’s many ghosts. They tell her secrets the living can’t know about the cracks already forming in the mobs’ truce.
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 30 2015

“The Great Speck” (Excerpt)

Terry Pratchett
This never-before-published collection of fourteen funny and inventive tales by acclaimed author Sir Terry Pratchett features a memorable cast of inept wizards, sensible heroes, and unusually adventuresome tortoises.
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 27 2015

The Sculptor (Comic Excerpt)

Scott McCloud
David Smith is giving his life for his art—literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn't making it any easier!
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...