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New Horror Imprint Nightfire Announces Come Join Us by the Fire, an Audio Horror Anthology

Nightfire, a new horror imprint that will join Tor, Forge, Tor Teen & Starscape, and Publishing as part of Tom Doherty Associates, is thrilled to announce an exclusive audio project in conjunction with Google Play Books, set to go live on October 17.

Come Join Us by the Fire is an audio-only horror anthology of 35 short stories available to download as free individual audiobooks or to call up with a voice command on your Android phone or Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers, like Google Home, via the Google Play Books app. To try it out, just say “Hey Google, read me ‘This Guy’ by Chuck Wendig”—one of the many titles available.

The project is a way to preview the breadth of talent writing in the horror genre today, with contributions from a wide range of bestselling genre luminaries including China Miéville, Chuck Wendig, Richard Kadrey, and Victor LaValle, Shirley Jackson Award winners Paul Tremblay (The Cabin at the End of the World), Priya Sharma (All the Fabulous Beasts), and Sam J. Miller (Blackfish City) Nebula Award winners Brooke Bolander, Alyssa Wong, Kij Johnson and many, many more.

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Download a Free Ebook of The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera Before Oct. 19!

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach—but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people.

Now it is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from these encroaching demons.

Each month, the eBook Club gives away one (or two, and sometimes five? You can’t pin us down!) free sci-fi/fantasy ebook to club subscribers. For October 2019, the Ebook Club pick is K Arsenault Rivera’s novel THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER.

As book reviewer Natalie Zutter put it after finishing the novel:

Shefali. O-Shizuka. We need to talk.

You’re out of control. You run through palace gardens fending off tigers, and camp out on the Silver Steppes grappling with demons around the fire. You’re so convinced that you’ve been touched by the gods because you’ve been able to escape tiger attacks without getting mauled, just some claws to the shoulder.

Go on….

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Announcing Sorrowland, a New Work of Gothic Fiction from Rivers Solomon

Sean McDonald at MCD has acquired Rivers Solomon’s Sorrowland, a genre-bending work of gothic fiction that wrestles with the tangled history of racism in America and the marginalization of society’s undesirables, about a Black woman with albinism, the mother of infant twins, who is hunted after escaping a religious compound, then discovers that her body is metamorphosing and that she is developing extra-sensory powers. The deal was negotiated by Seth Fishman at The Gernert Company (World).

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Preview New Art From the Illustrated Edition of Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice

April 2020 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice, the book that introduced readers to FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening friend the Fool and launched a beloved saga that spans multiple series.

To celebrate the occasion, Del Rey is releasing an illustrated edition with art by Magali Villeneuve. We’re thrilled to share four of the illustrations below—including one exclusive sneak peek!

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Download the Summer 2019 Short Fiction Newsletter

Note: In case you aren’t already, be sure to sign up for the Short Fiction Newsletter so you can get the September-October Short Fiction bundle!


This month, we’re featuring stories by:
  • Michael Swanwick
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Rivers Solomon
  • Tegan Moore
  • Siobhan Caroll
  • Silvia Park
  • M. Evan MacGriogair
  • Carole Johnstone

Download the story bundle—available in epub, mobi, and PDF formats—in one bundle here:

EPUB (21 MB)

MOBI (41 MB)

PDF (11 MB)

Note: If you’re having issues with the download process, please email [email protected].

Listen to an Audio Excerpt From Jennifer Giesbrecht’s Dark Fantasy The Monster of Elendhaven

Debut author Jennifer Giesbrecht paints a darkly compelling fantasy of revenge in The Monster of Elendhaven, a story about murder, a monster, and the magician who loves both. Audiobook narrator Daniel Henning gives life to the cold and cunning monster Johann, and lends the perfect devilish voice to Florian, Johann’s frail master. You might say that Johann and Florian are a match made in… hell?

The audiobook is chilling and full of dark humor, and it’s the perfect listen as the chilling winds of Fall start to creep in. If you want to hear the story that Joe Hill called “a black tide of perversity, violence, and lush writing,” listen to an excerpt from The Monster of Elendhaven! Don’t blame us if you get nightmares of a tall, murderous Thing with a name…

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All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming out in October!

He’s not what you think he is. Maybe you’re not what you think you are either. The town you once knew has shifted, grown colder. The clouds overhead draw near. This month’s genre-bending releases are full of spooky, twisty plots and long buried secrets. Fall in love and explore what it means to be human with Frankisstein by Jeanette Winterson; walk the land of a dystopian New Mexico in Trinity Sight by Jennifer Givhan; and enjoy new speculative stories from celebrated author Nino Cipri in Homesick!

Head below for the full list of genre-bending titles heading your way in October!

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We’re making reading our stories even easier by offering a short fiction-only newsletter. Subscribers get two months’ worth of short fiction delivered to their inboxes in multiple digital formats on a bimonthly basis. For our upcoming newsletter, subscribers are about to receive an entire summer’s worth of short fiction. Sign up today!

All the New Young Adult SFF Books Coming Out in October!

There was one of us, now there will be more. We are not alone. Together, we are strong. Together, we fight. Octobers’s YA SFF books are full of dark adventures and magical sacrifices. Avenge your family and fall in love in Nina Varela’s Crier’s War; team up with a group of badass ladies in The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis; and travel to New Orleans where vampires walk in The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh.

Head below for the full list of YA SFF titles heading your way in October!

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Get a Detailed Look at the Chapter Icons in Robert Jordan’s New Book Warrior of the Altaii

Robert Jordan’s famed fantasy epic The Wheel of Time is absolutely packed with worldbuilding details. Every single chapter in the multi-volume series contains an icon at its beginning, a symbol heralding the character, theme, location, or group that the reader is about to learn more about.

Some of these icons would say more than was obvious at first glance, hinting at a secretive threat present within a chapter. (And boy did they really get the theory train rolling!) Some of these icons grew along with their character, taking on additional complexity or shifting focus as that character’s core identity matured. For a reader several books in, seeing a brand new icon became an exciting event unto itself, promising exploration of a new corner of Jordan’s expansive tale.

Jordan’s formative work Warrior of Altaii will contain chapter icons, as well, crafted by Wheel of Time artist Ellisa Mitchell, and has a first look at them!

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All the New Science Fiction Books Coming out in October!

Everything goes black. You’re lost, floating, weightless, scared. And then, there is a light. There is life beyond. This month’s science fiction titles are all about seeking what’s out there, or what could be out there. Rescue a prince and save the universe in K. Eason’s How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse; wait for the end of civilization as we know it in Supernova Era by Cixin Liu; and take the last trip to the newly independent city-state of Rosewater as Tade Thompson’s epic Wormwood Trilogy completes with The Rosewater Redemption.

Head below for the full list of science fiction titles heading your way in October!

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