Tor.com content by

K.M. Szpara

Fiction and Excerpts [10]
All

Fiction and Excerpts [10]

Read an Excerpt From K.M Szpara’s First Become Ashes — Meet Kane

Doubt is terrifying. It gives you the power to change your entire world. It gives Kane the power to destroy his—to destroy that of the Fellowship. Over the course of his twenty-five years, he was taught that monsters had corrupted humanity, that pain is magic, and that, as the oldest, he would be the first to leave. The first to fight. But the Fellowships teachings never felt right to Kane. How could they be when they hurt him and his fellow Anointed? When he discovered a break in the fence, Kane’s doubt became hope. A terrifying hope that maybe, if he could be brave enough, he might be able to save the ones he loves—save Lark—from a lifetime of pain and lies.

First, Become Ashes, a new novel from author K.M. Szpara, explores self-discovery after trauma and outgrowing abusive origins over the course of an American road trip—available April 6th from Tordotcom Publishing. Read a selection below, and check back this week for additional excerpts.

[Read more]

Read an Excerpt From K.M Szpara’s First Become Ashes — Meet Deryn

No one likes to think of themselves as jealous. It’s not only a bad look, but it sabotages your relationship with your friends and family. Sabotages your own well-being. It’s a place Deryn has lived for a long time. Just another fellow, sewing and mending clothes for the Fellowship while their brother is worshipped for his skills with magic and combat: Meadowlark, the Anointed, the perfect. But, on the other side of the fence, after their leader is arrested and powerless, Deryn is the one chosen. By the FBI. To return to their old home on Druid Hill and help with the investigation. So, of course Lark appears. Of course the FBI forgets about Deryn and chases after their brother. But, this time, Deryn is determine to lead.

First, Become Ashes, a new novel from author K.M. Szpara, explores self-discovery after trauma and outgrowing abusive origins over the course of an American road trip—available April 6th from Tordotcom Publishing. Read a selection below, and check back this week for additional excerpts.

[Read more]

Read an Excerpt From K.M Szpara’s First Become Ashes — Meet Calvin

No matter how terrifying the stakes, there’s always a part of me that reads fantasy because I want their world, their magic. Calvin carries that weight, that want, in his heart all the time. He took the risk, abandoned the practical and steady job his parents planned for him for one that lessens the weight a little. That brings him closer to magic. Cosplay. Calvin is a professional nerd, dressed like the Elf Daddy Thranduil, himself, when news breaks that the Fellowship of the Anointed has been liberated. That one of their numbers has fled. That magic—real magic—is within his grasp. And, no matter the stakes, he is determined to find that magic. To find Lark and follow him.

First, Become Ashes, a new novel from author K.M. Szpara, explores self-discovery after trauma and outgrowing abusive origins over the course of an American road trip—available April 6th from Tordotcom Publishing. Read a selection below, and check back this week for additional excerpts.

[Read more]

Read an Excerpt From K.M Szpara’s First Become Ashes — Meet Lark

I’ve always been bad at goodbyes. They make me cry, even if I know something better is ahead. Lark, however, doesn’t give in to the tears. Not yet twenty-five, he is about to see off his partner—a man he has trained with and loved and believed in his entire life. Lark and Kane were Anointed as children, bestowed with a righteous quest to go out beyond the safety of the Fellowship’s fence, beyond the magic wards that protect them from monsters. To slay those monsters and save humanity. So, unlike me, Lark does not cry. The loss creeps into his heart as he tries to adjust, but he knows that what Kane faces is bigger than him. That his turn will soon arrive and he will join Kane in the most important undertaking of their lives. Because he believes. Because he doesn’t know Kane does not.

First, Become Ashes, a new novel from author K.M. Szpara, explores self-discovery after trauma and outgrowing abusive origins over the course of an American road trip—available April 6th from Tordotcom Publishing. Read a selection below, and check back this week for additional excerpts.

[Read more]

We’re Here, We’re Here

Joining a boyband gave Tyler everything he ever dreamed of. A close-knit group of friends, the chance to model a beautiful masculinity, and a vocal implant that lets him sing even better than he did before transitioning. But deep on tour, Tyler realizes he wants more from one of his bandmates, yearns for a love that would never fit the image that has been carefully crafted for him. His manager wants him to be the heartthrob: available, wholesome, and pure. And since his manager gave Tyler his voice, he can always take it away again.

[Read more]

Read Chapter Three of Docile by K. M. Szpara

Alexander Bishop, III, has worked his whole life towards taking ownership of Bishop Laboratories. Like his grandmother and father before him, he will mold the future by molding Dociline, a drug that enables debtors to serve their terms with ease, and gives Patrons the assurance of an eager and well-behaved Docile. Alex is ready for the responsibility, but his father and the Board don’t think he is. Not when he’s rejected every financially-viable romantic relationship they’ve proposed. So, when he selects a personal Docile to prove himself, he is not at all prepared for Elisha to refuse the drug that is his family’s legacy. That would have allowed Alex to ignore the very aware debtor, with desires and a family and past. Who warms his bed and his heart. But Alex is smart and ambitious. Meticulous. A Bishop. And he will not let a debtor derail his plans.

K. M. Szpara’s Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, available from Tor.com Publishing on March 3, 2020. Read the first two chapters here, and check back for additional excerpts.

[Read more]

Read Chapters One and Two of Docile by K. M. Szpara

Elisha Wilder is a debtor. You shouldn’t even know his surname—Third Right. It does not matter that he worked hard on his community’s farm, in the outer-counties of Maryland, so his family could fend off debt collectors and cops. Nor that he cared for his mother, who spent ten years as a Docile before him. Nor that he walked thirty miles into Baltimore city on a January night, leaving behind his good boots for his younger sister. Elisha is a debtor, but when he became Alex Bishop’s Docile he refused Dociline—refused the drug that would turn him into a polite shell of his former self, like happened to his mother. Elisha may be contracted to the scion of Bishop Laboratories, but, whether they are amidst the glittering horrors of trillionaire society or alone in bed, Elisha refuses to forget his frustration. To succumb to the pleasure and comfort, or care about Alex. To lose himself.

K. M. Szpara’s Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, available from Tor.com Publishing on March 3, 2020

[Read more]

Something With Teeth: Finding My Identity in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles

When I was a teenager, my mom gave me a book with a royal blue cover, raised silver lettering, and a spine so broken as to be almost illegible. A mass market paperback with yellowed pages that threatened to liberate themselves from the glue binding them and the distinct scent of old paper. Its outsides rich with phrases like “a voluptuous dream” and “unrelentingly erotic.” Its insides with blood and wine and teeth. With vampires.

I was probably too young to be reading Interview with the Vampire, but I devoured it and the seven other extant books of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles with only one lingering question: did my mom know how gay these books were?

[Read more]

Our Privacy Notice has been updated to explain how we use cookies, which you accept by continuing to use this website. To withdraw your consent, see Your Choices.