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About Beth W. Patterson
Beth W. Patterson was a full-time musician for over two decades before sidestepping into the world of writing (a process she describes as “fleeing the circus to join the zoo”). Much of her fiction is based on real-life musical experiences made more plausible by the infusion of things that go bump in the night. Her most recent book is The Wild Harmonic and her short stories and poetry have appeared in over seventy anthologies. She has also penned some nonfiction articles on music.
Patterson has played in twenty countries across the Americas, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. She appears on over a hundred and sixtty albums (including eight solo albums of her own) in addition to a smattering of soundtracks, videos, commercials, and voice-overs. Various artists have recorded over a hundred of her compositions and co-writes. She studied ethnomusicology at University College, Cork in Ireland and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University New Orleans.
Beth has occasionally worn other hats as a body paint model, film extra, minor role actor, recording studio partner, record label owner, and artist. She is a lover of exquisitely stupid movies and a shameless fangirl of the band Rush. You can find her at www.bethpattersonmusic.com
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s immortal character Sherlock Holmes has been captivating mystery lovers since his first appearance on Baker Street in 1887. Now contemporary authors take the brilliant detective far beyond his usual stomping grounds in thirteen wildly imaginative stories.
In Ryk Spoor’s thrilling "The Adventures of a Reluctant Detective,” Sherlock is a re-creation in a holodeck. In Hildy Silverman’s mesmerizing "A Scandal in the Bloodline,” Sherlock is a vampire. Heidi McLaughlin sends Sherlock back to college, while Beth Patterson, in the charming "Code Cracker,” turns him into a parrot.
The settings range from near-future Russia to a reality show, a dystopian world, and an orchestra. Without losing the very qualities that make Sherlock so beloved, these authors spin their own singular riff on one of fiction’s truly singular characters.
We brought the idea to a crowd-funding site, which interested enough people to provide the seed funding to turn this anthology into reality. We took that springboard, and gave eighteen talented authors the task of writing a great story with only one guideline: the story had to include the phrase “Release the Virgins.”
The results are surprisingly varied and creative: science fiction, fantasy, outright comedy, serious imaginings… in this anthology, you’ll find Manhattan gangsters, sad superheroes, marathon-running aliens, teenage Cthulhu worshippers, ghost dinosaurs, computer hackers, and even a unicorn or two. And we think you’ll agree: it’s a good thing that phrase stuck in our minds.
Featuring stories by: Nebula, Hugo, and Stoker Award-winner David Gerrold; Hugo Award-winners Allen M. Steele and Lawrence Watt-Evans; IAMTW Grandmaster Keith R.A. DeCandido; Skylark Award-winners Daniel M. Kimmel, Sharon Lee, and Steve Miller; WSFA Small Press Award-winner Alex Shvartsman; and Matt Becthel, Shariann Lewitt, Gordon Linzner, Gail Z. Martin, Jody Lynn Nye, Beth W. Patterson, Hildy Silverman, Patrick Thomas, Cecilia Tan, and Brian Trent.
“Release the Virgins is a hoot of an anthology! Fun, weird, and wildly entertaining!” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Silence and V-Wars
Out of work, out of luck, out of practice.
Gods, clods, or four simple lads.
Here are the Beatles as you’ve never known them before: singing for their supper, singing for their souls, and singing to save the world.
Join 25 remarkable authors as they take you Across the Universe.
Featuring the stories of: Spider Robinson, Gregory Benford, David Gerrold, Allen M. Steele, Pat Cadigan, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Jody Lynn Nye, Gregory Frost, Cat Rambo, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Gail Z. Martin, Bev Vincent, Brenda W. Clough, Alan Goldsher, Gordon Linzner, Beth W. Patterson, Christian H. Smith, Sally Wiener Grotta, Kenneth Schneyer, Charles Barouch, Carol Gyzander, Patrick Barb, R. Jean Mathieu, Eric Avedissian, and Matthew F. Amati.
“This collection is a Magical Mystery Tour through alternate universes where the familiar narrative of the Beatles is turned on its head. Or ear. Or ass. It’s fun, irreverent, sexy, and twisted—just like the Fab Four themselves.”
—Vicki Peterson, The Bangles
“I must have read a thousand Beatles books. But not one of them mentioned that the Beatles were attacked by aliens at the Hollywood Bowl. Or talked about their encounter with the Mersey Monster. Or discussed how they became zombies. I had to learn all of this from the thoroughly entertaining anthology Across the Universe. Each of its 25 stories of speculative fiction re-imagine The Beatles in alternative universes, allowing us to laugh at and with John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Highly recommended!”
—Scott Freiman, creator of Deconstructing the Beatles
“Across the Universe is way too much fun! It’s the Beatles in the Twilight Zone of infinite possibilities! Highly recommended!”
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of V-Wars and Rage
“Across the Universe is a fantastic, freewheeling, and imaginative romp of a collection. The authors transported me not only across the universe, but to what might have been in many and various alternate universes, all populated by the Beatles and their peculiar possible transmutations. Totally engrossing.”
—Paul Marshall, I See Hawks In L.A., Strawberry Alarm Clock
“This anthology will move and surprise you.”
—Library Journal starred review
“Ranging from trippy fantasy to hard science fiction and zombie apocalypse mash-up, the stories in this anthology send the members of the Beatles on wild adventures through alternate timelines and universes.… Beatles aficionados and fantasy fans will enjoy this affectionate, speculative homage.”
What miracles can more than one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?
More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.
What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?
More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.
Dragons have been eating humans for centuries. Now heroes throughout history stalk their legendary foe. Learn how to hunt, kill, and eat the wild dragon. Never before has revenge tasted so good. A literary feast for the bloody-minded.
In Janet Morris' anthology on the art of dragon killing, seventeen writers bring you so close to dragons you can smell their fetid breath. Tales for the bold among you.
HEROIKA 1 -- DRAGON EATERS, an anthology of heroic fiction edited by Janet Morris, features original stories by Janet Morris and Chris Morris, S. E. Lindberg, Walter Rhein, Cas Peace, Jack William Finley, A.L. Butcher, Travis Ludvigson, Tom Barczak, J. P. Wilder, Joe Bonadonna, Milton Davis, M Harold Page, William Hiles, Beth W.Patterson, Bruce Durham, and Mark Finn.
Praise for Mongrels & Misfits:
"From the virtual desk of Deliah Moonraze, Music Historian, 2113: The chords and the lyrics of Beth Waggoner Patterson are a matter of record, eight track tape, cassette, CD, and aural-implant, and as far as I'm concerned her sound was raw and from the heart, but any way you look at it, she was unique—the last of a rare breed to crawl out of a halo full of bootleg gin, who grabbed a Bouzouki guitar and made her Celtic Rock roar. By the truest measure of good old Nawlins, she was the ultimate Stage-Babe, and unlike her contemporaries, who ended up in diminutive house concerts or on a garage band floor on Valentine's Day, she beat the odds and lasted, a meat and potatoes crooner all the way, who for years was the undisputed vice lord of her own live venues. She was unique—and she was hot." — Michael H. Hanson, poet/author, creator of the Sha'Daa series
“Literary allusions and auditory illusions. Every song is a fresh delight.” — SF/fantasy author Jody Lynn Nye
Only these aren't the fairytales you grew up with.
Featuring 16 stories by 16 authors.
Stacey Jaine McIntosh | Zoey Xolton | Beth W. Patterson | Tristan Hurree | Stephanie Ellis | Andra Dill | Jill Hand | Christie-Lee Louis | Violette L. Meier | Aziza Sphinx | Isabella Hunter | Kerry Lee Holder | D.J Tyrer | Joanna Koch | Cindar Harrell | Shebat Legion
But there's a problem with this dream come true: a dark and growing danger threatens the shifters, who are beginning to mysteriously disappear or die. Faced with hecklers, drunks, stalkers, and incompetent bandmates in one life and fang-toothed double agents in the other, Birch doesn't know who to trust--especially now that she's the target of a powerful enemy. With the menace closing in fast, Birch must find a way to save her new pack and fellow shifters . . . or lose everything that matters, including her own life.
(Includes playlist/ DIY soundtrack.)
Curtis Baum, frontman for the up-and-coming rock band Frozen Wanda, is forced to be a rodeo clown for one night, sparring with a snarky shape-shifting bull. This boanthrope, known as Luke Tureaud in human form, is ready to buck his own job and deliver some bovine intervention.
Curtis urgently needs to reunite with his band on the eve of their breakthrough tour, but now he’s a clown about to go down. The unlikely duo hatches a daring escape plan. Freedom and the rock-and-roll road await Curtis and Luke if they manage to pull it off.
What could possibly go wrong?
Does the waterbeckon you? Your love, or fears, may become greater in this chillinganthology. From ordinary sea life to creatures of myth, our stories will make you think twice about the shadowy waters that beckon below. Follow our authors into the depths ... if you dare.
Stories and Contributors include:
Bloodslick by Timothy Black
Crescent's Creature by K.C. Finn
Wrath by Liz Butcher
A Senseless Eating Machine by Jef Rouner
The Water's Edge by Jacqueline E. Smith
The Reluctant Seamstress by Jaidis Shaw
Ribbons & Bones by Kelly Matsuura
Widow's Cut by Andrea L. Staum
Rhine Maiden by Isabelle Poldervaart
The Broken Seashell by E.M. MacCallum
Lauren by Terry Alexander
Tide Flats by Shelly Schulz
Song of the Ocean by Scott A. Butler
Enticing Waters by Gina A. Watson
Tubular Hells by Beth W. Patterson
Dark Waters by Michael Cross & Emma Michaels
Lurking in the Deep has won the following awards:
Finalist in the Fiction: Anthologies category of the 2017 Best Book Awards
How do you feel when you come across old love notes, mixed CDs, and journals from high school? Nostalgic? Cringy? Grateful? Whatever the emotion, we know these relics of the past typically live in storage where no one can find them. But not anymore.
Almost 40 authors have come together for Teen Angst Vol. 2 to share their short stories about secret crushes, poems about their arch-nemesis, monologues about messy breakups, and song lyrics that they thought no one would ever read. Instead of collecting dust on a shelf, or left to be forgotten in a box under the bed, we've curated a collection of big names and debut authors willing to pull those old writings out of the attic and share them with the world.
Brave Contributors Include:
Beth W. Patterson
Lucas T. Collins
Between angsty doodles, sappy letters, and embarrassing diary entries, expect to find yourself somewhere in these pages!