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Water Sirens Selkies and Sea Monsters just Won the Douglas Barbour Award for Speculative Fiction

Tyche Books won the Douglas Barbour Award for Speculative Fiction.

And the book they won it for was Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea Monsters!

Which contains my short story There’s Something in the Water.

Water is the most yielding of all elements, changing to fit its container, whether that be a thimble or a lake bed. At the same time, anyone who has ever watched the unrelenting progression of a tsunami understands its raw power. Associated with mutability, transformation, and the subconscious, water is both the tranquil azure of a tropical sea and the tumultuous waves and whitecaps of an embroiled ocean. As many faces as water may wear, the creatures within and associated with it have even more.

Featuring: Catherine MacLeod; Kevin Cockle; Greta Starling; Elise Forier Edie; Kate Shannon; Sara Rauch; Katie Marie; Rebecca Brae; Colleen Anderson; L. T. Waterson; Chadwick Ginther; Julia Heller; Marshall J. Moore; Joel McKay; Elizabeth R. McClellan; Eric M. Borsage; Laura VanArendonk Baugh; Josh Reynolds; Liam Hogan; Mari Ness; Davide Mana; Sarah Van Goethem; Valerie Hunter; and Kelly Sandoval.

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I got a shout out in a review for Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea Monsters

I got a shout out in a review! *Insert excited bouncing*

I want to share a review with you.

As usual, editor Rhonda Parrish chose a different, somewhat quirky tale to lead us into the pages of “Water.” Catherine MacLeod’s dark tale, “The Diviner,” was an excellent choice to begin this collection of stories and poems. The author wove the story in such a way as to make it easy to believe in the character of Melly, a seemingly ordinary person possessing out-of-the-ordinary cooking skills.

Everybody has different tastes, and there were some stories that reached out and immediately grabbed my attention like “There’s Something in the Water” by Katie Marie, a scary warning tale about a town with a horrific secret. Rebecca Brae’s “The Witch’s Diary: Adventures in Hut-Sitting” is a whimsical revelation of Hester’s world while she spends time away from college on a summer job (her quick comment on fairies was blunt, unexpected, and hilariously delivered). Colleen Anderson’s vivid “Siren’s Song” described a world that was, before it slipped into the catalog of legends.

There’s a touch of horror that worms into some of the stories, as the accepting way we perceive these legendary beings becomes tainted and the beings morph into monsters. This suited me just fine, and I warily strolled through the paths of what could be. Many of the stories eagerly took my hand and led me into the unknown, including Davide Mana’s “The Man Who Speared Octopodes” and “Bruno J. Lampini and the Song of the Sea” by Josh Reynolds. Horror may contain a huge dose of humor as deftly displayed by Joel McKay’s “Number Hunnerd.”

Bottom line, there is something here for almost everyone and it is not hard to appreciate the imaginative poems and stories contained in this book. While I liked some of the offerings more than others, there wasn’t a throwaway to be found, and the wide variance of styles kept the reading interesting. Highly recommended. Five stars.

My thanks to Tyche Books Ltd. and the editor for a complimentary electronic copy of this book.

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Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea Monsters OUT TODAY!

Out now!

Water is the most yielding of all elements, changing to fit its container, whether that be a thimble or a lake bed. At the same time, anyone who has ever watched the unrelenting progression of a tsunami understands its raw power. Associated with mutability, transformation, and the subconscious, water is both the tranquil azure of a tropical sea and the tumultuous waves and whitecaps of an embroiled ocean. As many faces as water may wear, the creatures within and associated with it have even more.

Featuring: Catherine MacLeod; Kevin Cockle; Greta Starling; Elise Forier Edie; Kate Shannon; Sara Rauch; Katie Marie; Rebecca Brae; Colleen Anderson; L. T. Waterson; Chadwick Ginther; Julia Heller; Marshall J. Moore; Joel McKay; Elizabeth R. McClellan; Eric M. Borsage; Laura VanArendonk Baugh; Josh Reynolds; Liam Hogan; Mari Ness; Davide Mana; Sarah Van Goethem; Valerie Hunter; and Kelly Sandoval.

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Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea Monsters COVER REVEAL!

Lookit this beautiful cover!

I recently had a story accepted for publication in the upcoming Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea Monsters anthology (guess what one of those mythical creatures I wrote about).

I am now at liberty to share the cover design & table of contents!

Cover by: Ashley Walters

Water is the most yielding of all elements, changing to fit its container, whether that be a thimble or a lake bed. At the same time, anyone who has ever watched the unrelenting progression of a tsunami understands its raw power. Associated with mutability, transformation, and the subconscious, water is both the tranquil azure of a tropical sea and the tumultuous waves and whitecaps of an embroiled ocean. As many faces as water may wear, the creatures within and associated with it have even more.

Featuring: Catherine MacLeod; Kevin Cockle; Greta Starling; Elise Forier Edie; Kate Shannon; Sara Rauch; Katie Marie; Rebecca Brae; Colleen Anderson; L. T. Waterson; Chadwick Ginther; Julia Heller; Marshall J. Moore; Joel McKay; Elizabeth R. McClellan; Eric M. Borsage; Laura VanArendonk Baugh; Josh Reynolds; Liam Hogan; Mari Ness; Davide Mana; Sarah Van Goethem; Valerie Hunter; and Kelly Sandoval.

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The Table of Contents has now also been released!

  1. The Diviner by Catherine MacLeod
  2. Hidden Depths by Kevin Cockle
  3. Creatures of Water and Salt by Greta Starling
  4. After Ariel by Elise Forier Edie
  5. in the bog where we are walking cautiously by Kate Shannon
  6. Blazing Stars by Sara Rauch
  7. There’s Something in the Water by Katie Marie
  8. Adventures in Hut-sitting by Rebecca Brae
  9. Siren’s Song by Colleen Anderson
  10. Sarah McKenzie by L.T. Waterson
  11. Midnight Man versus Carrie Cthulhu by Chadwick Ginther
  12. Treasure of the Sea by Julia Heller
  13. Nure-Onne by Marshall J. Moore
  14. Number Hunnerd by Joel McKay
  15. Amphitrite Finds a Confidante by Elizabeth R. McClellan
  16. In the arms of the Oceana by Eric M. Bosarge
  17. Depth Charge by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
  18. Bruno J. Lampini and the Song of the Sea by Josh Reynolds
  19. Mano Kanaka: The Eater of Lost Souls by Liam Hogan
  20. And the Wind Steal her Vibrant Call by Mari Ness
  21. The Man Who Speared Octopodes by Davide Mana
  22. A Knot of Sea Wives by Sarah Van Goethem
  23. Going Home by Valerie Hunter
  24. Love is a Locked Box and the Ocean on her Lips by Kelly Sandoval