Art of the Novella

There’s plenty of spooky short stories to be had with this crew. Cassandra Khaw, Catherynne M. Valente, Zin E. Rocklyn, and Adrian Tchaikovsky will be there, so it’s a star-studded evening.  Click the image below to register for this exclusive event, or sign up here to get Zoom link to hear these amazing authors talk about novellas:

If you like our SFF snack boxes and novellas, you’ll love our new author panel: The Art of the Novella! 

About Flowers for the Sea:

A Library Journal Editor's Pick!

Flowers for the Sea is a dark, dazzling debut novella that reads like Rosemary's Baby by way of Octavia E. Butler

We are a people who do not forget.
Survivors from a flooded kingdom struggle alone on an ark. Resources are scant, and ravenous beasts circle. Their fangs are sharp.
Among the refugees is Iraxi: ostracized, despised, and a commoner who refused a prince, she's pregnant with a child that might be more than human. Her fate may be darker and more powerful than she can imagine.
Zin E. Rocklyn's extraordinary debut is a lush, gothic fantasy about the prices we pay and the vengeance we seek.

Zin E. Rocklyn is a contributor to Bram Stoker-nominated and This is Horror Award-winning Nox Pareidolia, Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters, Brigands: A Blackguards Anthology, and Forever Vacancy anthologies and Weird Luck Tales No. 7 zine. Their story Summer Skin in the Bram Stoker-nominated anthology Sycorax's Daughters received an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Volume Ten. Zin contributed the nonfiction essay "My Genre Makes a Monster of Me" to Uncanny Magazine's Hugo Award-winning Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. Their short story The Night Sun and flash fiction teatime were published on Flowers for the Sea is their debut novella. Zin is a 2017 VONA and 2018 Viable Paradise graduate as well as a 2022 Clarion West candidate.

About Nothing but Blackened Teeth:

Cassandra Khaw's Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists.

A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company.
It's the perfect venue for a group of thrill-seeking friends, brought back together to celebrate a wedding.
A night of food, drinks, and games quickly spirals into a nightmare as secrets get dragged out and relationships are tested.
But the house has secrets too. Lurking in the shadows is the ghost bride with a black smile and a hungry heart.
And she gets lonely down there in the dirt.
Effortlessly turning the classic haunted house story on its head, Nothing but Blackened Teeth is a sharp and devastating exploration of grief, the parasitic nature of relationships, and the consequences of our actions.

CASSANDRA KHAW is an award-winning game writer, and former scriptwriter at Ubisoft Montreal. Khaw's work can be found in places like Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Khaw's first original novella, Hammers on Bone, was a British Fantasy award and Locus award finalist, and their latest novella, Nothing But Blackened Teeth, is published by Nightfire.

About Comfort Me with Apples:

Catherynne M. Valente, the bestselling and award-winning creator of Space Opera and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland returns with The Past is Red, the enchanting, dark, funny, angry story of a girl who made two terrible mistakes: she told the truth and she dared to love the world. The future is blue. Endless blue...except for a few small places that float across the hot, drowned world left behind by long-gone fossil fuel-guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place called Garbagetown. Tetley Abednego is the most beloved girl in Garbagetown, but she's the only one who knows it. She's the only one who knows a lot of things: that Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world, that it's full of hope, that you can love someone and 66% hate them all at the same time. But Earth is a terrible mess, hope is a fragile thing, and a lot of people are very angry with her. Then Tetley discovers a new friend, a terrible secret, and more to her world than she ever expected.

Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (and the four books that followed it). She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Sturgeon, Eugie Foster Memorial, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus, and Hugo awards, as well as the Prix Imaginales. Valente has also been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.

About Elder Race:

In Adrian Tchaikovsky's Elder Race, a junior anthropologist on a distant planet must help the locals he has sworn to study to save a planet from an unbeatable foe.

Lynesse is the lowly Fourth Daughter of the queen, and always getting in the way.
But a demon is terrorizing the land, and now she's an adult (albeit barely) with responsibilities (she tells herself). Although she still gets in the way, she understands that the only way to save her people is to invoke the pact between her family and the Elder sorcerer who has inhabited the local tower for as long as her people have lived here (though none in living memory has approached it).
But Elder Nyr isn't a sorcerer, and he is forbidden to help, and his knowledge of science tells him the threat cannot possibly be a demon...

Adrian Tchaikovsky (he/him) is the author of the acclaimed Shadows of the Apt fantasy series and the epic science fiction blockbuster, Children of Time. He has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, a British Fantasy Society Award, and has been nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award. In civilian life he is a lawyer, gamer, and amateur entomologist.

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ISBN: 9781250759412
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Published: Tor Nightfire - October 19th, 2021

This book should come with a warning label: its top tier excellence will hit you like a bulldozer. A group of friends decides to hold a wedding in a haunted house in Japan. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, and it makes a wickedly amazing read. In NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH, you'll root for shallow people to get what's coming to them, which makes for a cathartically dark reading experience I cannot recommend enough. If you're a horror fan, consider this mandatory reading. - Lizy

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ISBN: 9781250768728
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Published: Tordotcom - November 16th, 2021

Anthropologist, or sorcerer? Demon, or alien? This utterly relatable tale of finding one's purpose in the face of depression and anxiety is a must-read for scifi fans. It's comic yet touching. - Lizy

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ISBN: 9781250804037
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Published: Tordotcom - October 19th, 2021

On a drowned world, the last refugees live on stranded ship surrounded by bloodthirsty monsters, and pregnant outsider Iraxi is their last hope at survival and repopulation. But when Iraxi gives birth to a being that isn’t exactly human, she soon realizes she might be their doom. And maybe, her anger and grief is fuel for a destiny bigger than any she could have imagined. This novella is razor sharp teeth and the smell of death. Rocklyn weaves a tale of loss, pain, betrayal, rebirth, and vengeance that will haunt me for a while. It is bloody and brutal and devastatingly human at its core. - Jessi

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ISBN: 9781250301130
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Published: Tordotcom - July 20th, 2021

Tetley is a trash girl, living in a lonely trash world called Garbagetown. The planet has been completely flooded, and all that's left of humanity floats on a garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean. It may not be much but it's all they got. Her whimsical optimism and dark humor provided a stark contrast to the savagery and brutality that comes with a world ruined by capitalism and commercialism. Valente makes a statement about how the only thing left at the end of the world is humans trying to escape their reality and gain power. This was an ultimately hopeful story about one girl's bravery and joyful resilience in the face of a bleak existence. - Jessi