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About Wendy Nikel
Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Analog, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, and elsewhere. Her series of time travel novellas, beginning with THE CONTINUUM, was published by World Weaver Press. For more info, visit wendynikel.com
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"Lava Cake for the Apocalypse"
"Twenty-Six Seconds on Tetonia-3"
"Sardines in a Tin Can"
"Razbliuto in Ink"
"The Astronaut of the Shallot"
"An Intersection of Parallel Lives"
"Ashes to Ashes; Dust to Stardust"
"Around a World in Ninety-Six Hours"
"Do Not Go Gentle"
A Bram Stoker Award Finalist!
From the Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor of the 2018 This is Horror Anthology of the Year, ASHES AND ENTROPY, comes a new vision of weird and horrific ambiguity. NOX PAREIDOLIA is fully color-illustrated by Luke Spooner and includes stories by Laird Barron, S.P. Miskowski, Brian Evenson, Kristi DeMeester, Michael Wehunt, Gwendolyn Kiste, Zin E. Rocklyn, Christopher Ropes, Doungjai Gam, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Carrie Laben, Kurt Fawver, David Peak, Don Webb and Duane Pesice, Paul Jessup, K.H. Vaughan, and more.
“The editor’s claim that the first season of True Detective was a big inspiration for this anthology is evident: Ashes and Entropy sports a finely balanced mixture of grit, crime and blood along with the irrational, occult and weird.”–Rue Morgue
Stand on the precipice and prepare to dive down through the event horizon into the bleak and mind-shattering void of both the cosmos and of humanity.
Nightscape Press is proud to present ASHES AND ENTROPY edited by Robert S. Wilson, an anthology of cosmic horror and noir/neo-noir. ASHES AND ENTROPY is beautifully illustrated by Luke Spooner and includes brand new stories by Laird Barron, Damien Angelica Walters, John Langan, Kristi DeMeester, Jon Padgett, Nadia Bulkin, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, Lucy A. Snyder, Tim Waggoner, Jessica McHugh, Paul Michael Anderson, Max Booth III, Lynne Jamneck, Greg Sisco, Lisa Mannetti, Nate Southard, Erinn L. Kemper, Matthew M. Bartlett, Autumn Christian, and more.
Speculative fiction author Wendy Nikel invites you to traverse the tangled and paradoxical timelines of these twelve standalone short stories, previously published in Flash Fiction Online, Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures, and other science fiction magazines and anthologies.
Dive into a wormhole of biblical proportions, lose yourself in an alternate dimension where your worst mistakes are erased, and find out what happens to those cups of tea that inexplicably disappear. From alien invasions to quiet romantic rendezvous, these tales take very little time to read but are infinitely enjoyable.
"The Reluctant Time Traveler Wears Two Watches"
"Plain Jane Learns to Knit Wormholes"
"The Tea-Space Continuum"
"All the Days We Can't Leave Behind"
"Keeping Time with the Joneses"
"When We Were Infinite"
"Six Hundred Universes of Jenny Zars"
"Time Travelers Anonymous"
"I'm Sorry I Couldn't Make It True"
"One Year Later"
"The Space Between Octobers"
"This is Not the Beginning; That is Not the End"
BONUS CONTENT: "The Continuum" Excerpt
Climb the steps of an abandoned village, search for shelter from a deadly heat, and lose yourself in a bog from which few ever return. From forgotten tombstones in overgrown cemeteries to mysterious books in locked libraries, you never know where these tales will guide you or what you'll find lurking in the shadows.
Includes "Leaves of Dust," which appeared in the 2018 This is Horror award-winning anthology, ASHES AND ENTROPY.
"The Village is Closed"
"Leaves of Dust"
"A Jar Full of Secrets"
"The Book of Futures"
"Those We See at the Twilight Bridge"
"In the Bleak"
"Bella of the Wych-Elm"
"Swelter and Shade"
"Forget-Me-Nots For the Potter's Field"
"The Moody Rooms of Agatha Tate"
Explore what the future may hold with stories of sentimental cyborgs, dream-diving technology, and devices that alter how we work, play, travel, and even think. Includes "Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees," a Pushcart Prize nominee.
"Coffeegirl42's Review of the MobileMobile App"
"Cerise Sky Memories"
"My Dreams Have Been Weird Since the Magpies Arrived"
"Stone and Starlight"
"Let Me Sleep When I Die"
"Traces of Kate"
"Wings of Glass"
"12:20 Bus from the Basics"
"Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees"
"Travelogue of the Perennially Lost"
Take a closer look at the world around us and discover dangerous creatures lurking in pools, powerful beings shaping the course of history, and seemingly ordinary people with abilities both amazing and terrifying. From the crevices of Yellowstone to an island inhabited by lost children, there's magic to be found if you know where to look.
Includes "Things Forgotten on the Cliffs of Avevig," which appeared in the 2020 Best Indie Speculative Fiction anthology.
As with other titles in the series, new short fiction complements the work of classic authors including: Gertrude Atherton, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Brockden Brown, George Washington Cable, Charles W. Chesnutt, Kate Chopin, Ralph Adams Cram, Stephen Crane, Emma Dawson, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ellen Glasgow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Shirley Jackson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Grace King, H.P. Lovecraft, Herman Melville, W.C. Morrow, Flannery O'Connor, Edgar Allan Poe, Annie Trumbull Slosson, Clark Ashton Smith, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton, Madeline Yale Wynne.
Retellings of Hansel and Gretel, The Princess and the Pea, Pinocchio, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and more are all showcased alongside some original fairy tale-like stories. Featuring stories by Melissa Bobe, Adam Brekenridge, Beth Cato, MLD Curelas, Joseph Halden, Reese Hogan, Diana Hurlburt, Christina Johnson, Alethea Kontis, Lex T. Lindsay, Wendy Nikel, Brian Trent, Laura VanArendonk Baugh and Sarah Van Goethem.
Come with us beneath the waves, where something terrible lurks; follow a fiddle's melody across a lonely desert; and sail the skies with the most fearsome airship pilot Juliet Silver. Includes "The Tracks of the Pi Nereske," a finalist for the 2017 Baen Fantasy Award.
"An Economy of Words"
"One Who Does Not Sleep"
"Kingdom of Dust and Boils"
"A Song to Charm the Beasts"
"Tracks of the Pi Nereske"
"Rain Like Diamonds"
"I am Fire; I am Tears"
"The Girl in the Windmill"
"Juliet Silver and the Realm of Impossiblity"
Da Capo by Wendy Nikel
A Song Like Laughter by Gordon B. White
The Deep Dark by KJ Kabza
The Lost Tapes—The Q Mix by Daniel Arthur Smith
Toys and Monsters by Steve Oden
Judas Steer by K. H. Vaughan
The Skinhead and the Cavalier by Kevin Lauderdale
Fallen Angels by Jessica West
The Lost Tapes—Future Told by Daniel Arthur Smith
The Moon Sickness by Nathan M. Beauchamp
Blind in Battle by Steve Oden
The Rat by Sam Osborn
The Lost Tapes—The Rain Man by Daniel Arthur Smith
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