Table of Contents:
- “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls” by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2015)
- “The Bone Swans of Amandale” by C.S.E. Cooney (Bone Swans, Mythic Delirium Books)
- "Binti" by Nnedi Okorafor (Binti, Tor.com)
- “The Last Witness” by K. J. Parker (The Last Witness, Tor.com)
- “Johnny Rev” by Rachel Pollack (F&SF Jul/Aug 2015)
- “Inhuman Garbage,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov’s March 2015)
- “Gypsy,” by Carter Scholz (F&SF Nov/Dec 2015)
- “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn,” by Usman Malik (The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn, Tor.com)
- “What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear” by Bao Shu, translated by Ken Liu (F&SF Mar/Apr 2015)
(Book three of The Tale of Shikanoko)
Synopsis:"Shikanoko, at what should be a warrior’s hour of greatest triumph, turns his back on those around him, in mourning for a secret love . . .
The Spider Tribe, spurned by their guardian, explore the extent of their powers and ruthless ambitions. . .
Hina, who alone knows the whereabouts of the true emperor, has to forge a new identity of her own. No one must ever know that she is Kiyoyori’s daughter . . .
As the traditional powers navigate weakness and disarray, old spirits and new figures enter the epic battle for the Lotus Throne . . ."
Synopsis:"For fans of legendary pulp author H. P. Lovecraft, there is nothing bigger than the annual Providence-based convention the Summer Tentacular. Horror writer Colleen Danzig doesn’t know what to expect when she arrives, but is unsettled to find that among the hobnobbing between scholars and literary critics are a group of real freaks: book collectors looking for volumes bound in human skin, and true believers claiming the power to summon the Elder God Cthulhu, one of their idol’s most horrific fictional creations, before the weekend is out.
Colleen’s trip spirals into a nightmare when her roommate for the weekend, an obnoxious novelist known as Panossian, turns up dead, his face neatly removed. What’s more unsettling is that, in the aftermath of the murder, there is little concern among the convention goers. The Summer Tentacular continues uninterrupted, except by a few bumbling police.
Everyone at the convention is a possible suspect, but only Colleen seems to show any interest in solving the murder. So she delves deep into the darkness, where occult truths have been lurking since the beginning of time. A darkness where Panossian is waiting, spending a lot of time thinking about Colleen, narrating a new Lovecraftian tale that could very well spell her doom."
Synopsis:"1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer—and occult disciple—Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist André Breton. In the strange games of the dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world forever.
1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts—and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, he must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse.
But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties—to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself."
Table of Contents:"Steadfast Castle"
"The Man in Grey"
"The Dala Horse"
"The Woman Who Shook the World-Tree"
"Of Finest Scarlet Was Her Gown"
"3 A.M. in the Mesozoic Bar"
"Passage of Earth"
"From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled . . ."
"For I Have Lain Me Down on the Stone of Loneliness and I’ll Not Be Back Again"
"The Scarecrow’s Boy"
"The She-Wolf’s Hidden Grin"
"Pushkin the American"
"An Empty House with Many Doors"
"The House of Dreams"