Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red Shoes," New York Times bestselling author K. W. Jeter's "La Valse" forges a fable about love, the decadence of technology, and a gala dance that becomes the obsession of a young engineer—and the doom of those who partake in it.
In "You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens," national bestselling author and John W. Campbell Award winner Jay Lake tells the story of Sleeping Beauty—and how the princess was conceived in deception, raised in danger, and rescued by a prince who may be less than valiant.
The tale of "The Tinderbox" takes a turn into the surreal when a damaged young soldier comes into possession of an intricate, treacherous treasure and is drawn into a mission of mercy in national bestselling author Kat Richardson's "The Hollow Hounds."
In "The Kings of Mount Golden," Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominee Paul Di Filippo tells the story of a young man's search for his heritage and a mechanical marvel that lies at the heart of a sinister pact in this fascinating take on "The King of the Golden Mountain."
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About the Authors
K. W. Jeter is a respected American novelist who wrote what was likely the first true cyberpunk novel, Dr. Adder, which was enthusiastically recommended by Philip K. Dick. His many original novels range from dark noir-horror to visionary science fiction. He has also written several authorized sequels to Blade Runner (a.k.a. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep). He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening selection, an AudioFile “Best Narration of the Year” selection in 2009, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She is an award-winning British actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.
Kat Richardson lives in the wilds of western Washington, where she hunts down bits of history to turn into terrifying tales, accompanied by her husband and a rescued pit bull terrier. She is the author of the Greywalker novels including Possession, Seawitch, Downpour, and Labyrinth. She rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and digs around in the garden, because you never know what you’ll find under a rock.
Paul Di Filippo sold his first story in 1977. Since then, he has written and published over two hundred more, as well as several novels, amounting to roughly thirty-five books. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his partner, Deborah Newton.
Stephen L. Antczak is the author of God Drug and the short story collections Daydreams Undertaken and Edgewise, among other books. His work has also appeared in several anthologies, including Adventures in the Twilight Zone. A screenwriter and producer, he cowrote the feature film No Witness.
James C. Bassett is the author of Living Real and coeditor of the anthology Zombiesque. His work is also featured in the anthology Therefore I Am.