A star-studded urban fantasy anthology starring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, and Rob Thurman, and including Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Gay, Mark Henry, Hillary Jacques, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole D. Peeler, and Jaye Wells, whose stories explore the creepy, mysterious, and, yes, sometimes magical world of traveling carnivals.
Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy’s biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world. . . .
RACHEL CAINE’s vampires aren’t child’s play, as a naïve teen discovers when her heart leads her far, far astray in “The Cold Girl.” With “Parlor Tricks,” JENNIFER ESTEP pits Gin Blanco, the Elemental Assassin, against the Wheel of Death and some dangerously creepy clowns. SEANAN McGUIRE narrates a poignant, ethereal tale of a mysterious carnival that returns to a dangerous town after twenty years in “Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea.” KEVIN HEARNE’s Iron Druid and his wisecracking Irish wolfhound discover in “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street” that the impossibly wholesome sounding Kansas Wheat Festival is actually not a healthy place to hang out. With an eerie, unpredictable twist, ROB THURMAN reveals the fate of a psychopath stalking two young carnies in “Painted Love.”
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About the Authors
Kirsten Potter has won several awards, including more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others. She graduated with highest honors from Boston University and has performed on stage and in film and television, including roles on Medium, Bones, and Judging Amy.
Jennifer Estep is an international bestselling author who prowls the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. She is the author of more than fifty books in the Crown of Shards series, the Elemental Assassin series, the Mythos Academy series, and others, along with numerous novellas.
Rachel Caine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series, which includes Bitter Blood, Black Dawn, Last Breath, and Bite Club. She is also the author of Prince of Shadows, a new spin on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, an insurance investigator, and, until recently, carried on a secret identity in the corporate world as a communications executive. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.
Rob Thurman is the author of the Cal Leandros novels, the Trickster novels, the Korsak Brothers novels, and several stories in various anthologies. She lives in Indiana—land of cows, corn, and ravenous wild turkeys.
Kevin Hearne is
the author of the Iron Druid chronicles, an urban fantasy series, and a middle-aged
nerd who still enjoys his comic books and old-school heavy metal. He cooks
tasty omelets, hugs trees, and paints miniature army dudes. He lives with his
wife, daughter, and doggies in a wee cottage.
Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong
penchant for travel. Her October Daye and InCryptid series have been New York Times bestsellers and she was
the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her novel Feed, written under
the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2010. She
also won a Hugo for her podcast and is the first person to be nominated for
five Hugo Awards in a single year.
Delilah Dawson is the author of Better on Top, Up All Night, Something Naughty, and Mr. Satisfaction. She lives with her family in California. Her website is www.DelilahDawson.com
Allison Pang, a marine biologist in a former life, turned to a
life of crime to finance her wild spending habits and need to collect
Faberge eggs. A cat thief of notable repute, she spends her days
sleeping and nights scaling walls and wooing dancing boys … well, at
least the marine biology part is true. But she was taloned by a hawk
once. She also loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous
violinists. She spends her days in Northern Virginia working as a cube
grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the
occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write.
Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.
Kelly Gay is the critically acclaimed author of the Charlie Madigan urban fantasy series, which includes The Better Part of Darkness, The Darkest Edge of Dawn, The Hour of Dust and Ashes, and Shadows before the Sun. She is a two-time Rita Award finalist, a 2010 finalist for Best First Book from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, and a recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship grant in literature. She also writes as Kelly Keaton.
Kelly Meding received her bachelor’s degree in communication in 2002 from Messiah College. After discovering Freddy Krueger at a very young age, she began a lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and fantasy, on which she blames her interest in vampires, psychic powers, superheroes, and all things paranormal. When not writing, she can be found crafting jewelry, enjoying a good cup of coffee, or scouring the Internet for gossip on her favorite television shows.