Vonnie Winslow Crist
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About Vonnie Winslow Crist
Born in the Year of the Dragon, Vonnie Winslow Crist is author of award-winning short stories, poems, and books. An active member of the Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, Society of Children's Book Writers & illustrators, and National League of American Pen Women - she taught creative writing for the Maryland State Arts Council for 10 years.
"Beneath Raven's Wing" is winner of The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival's Saturday Visiter Award and a Finalist for the Imadjinn Award. "The Enchanted Dagger" is a Compton Crook Award Finalist and Maryland Writers Association Book Award Winner. Both "Owl Light" and "The Greener Forest" are eFestival of Words Short Story Collection Award Winners. "The Greener Forest," "The Enchanted Dagger," and "Owl Light" were voted among the Top Ten books for Young Adults in the P&E Reader's Poll.
As an illustrator, she's had over 1,000 illustrations published in books, magazines, and calendars.
She is an avid JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis fan, and a firm believer in the magical world that surrounds us! A clover-hand who has found so many 4-leafed clovers she keeps them in jars, Vonnie is quite fond of Harry Potter & Hogwarts, The Hunger Games, A Song of Ice & Fire, Star Wars, Star Trek, and everything Faerie!
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Featuring anchor stories by award winning authors Sheree Renée Thomas, Craig L. Gidney, Milton Davis, Jessica Cage, Michele Tracy Berger, Alicia McCalla, Jeff Carroll, and Steven Van Patten.
Additional Contributing Authors: Penelope Flynn, Lynette Hoag, Steve Van Samson, Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald, Balogun Ojetade, Valjeanne Jeffers, Samantha Bryant, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Miranda J. Riley, K.R.S. McEntire, Alledria Hurt, Kai Leakes, John Linwood Grant, Sumiko Saulson, Dicey Grenor, L. Marie Wood, LH Moore, Delizhia D. Jenkins, Colin Cloud Dance, and V.G. Harrison.
Ever-turbulent humanity has reached out to the stars and found itself challenged by several “exosapient” species whose motivations are as unusual as their physical forms. Troubleshooters like Caine Riordan must contend with both humans and aliens during this epic plunge into the high-stakes exploration, statecraft, and warfare that churn and change our post-contact world.
But no world is defined just by the characters who occupy center stage. “Lost Signals” digs deep into the lives—and struggles—of those beyond the spotlight by bringing together twenty new voices and new stories in a format that blurs the line between fact and fiction in the Consolidated Terran Republic.
With stories by:
Charles E. Gannon
Robert E. Waters
Robert R. Chase
Walter H. Hunt
Vonnie Winslow Crist
Lawrence M. Schoen
Robert E. Hampson
Jean Marie Ward
Shakespeare began the tense apprehension with his melodic yet warning phrase. Ray Bradbury continued the dark and ominous foreboding that oozes between the words. Now, it has come to the North American Old West, a world with its severe terrain and hardened residents. The rules were harsher out here, the ethics and morals changed, the fight for life and liberty quite different than anything these pioneers, these outlaws, these six-shooters and rebel rousers, these unquestionably brave men and women had bargained for. For them, something wicked certainly rode.
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble…
In this anthology, we explore the Old West with a skewed view, showcasing the weird western genre through stories that explore the peculiar and the fantastic, the wicked that was and could have been. You’ll experience spiritual nightmares, mythical monsters, cosmic outlaws, discerning gods, and science run amok. Even the North Pole Security division isn’t immune to the supernatural strangeness that stalks the late 1800s. In the tradition of the pulp and western stories of a bygone era, these are thirty tales to intrigue, amaze, and perhaps down right spook you right out of your boots.
So brew up some coffee, head out to the rocking chair on the porch, and tilt your hat to shade your eyes so you can read real close. Just be sure you keep one eye on the horizon and one hand near your holster. For…
With dark intentions and creatures astride,
Something wicked this way rides.
Enjoy stories from these talented authors
Gustavo Bondoni – Marilyn “Mattie” Brahen – Kenneth Bykerk – Dwain Campbell – Gregg Chamberlain – Vonnie Winslow Crist – Stuart Croskell – Lawrence Dagstine – J.B. Dane – Kevin M. Folliard – John A. Frochio – Steve Gladwin – L.L. Hill – Adrian Ludens – Stefan Markos – Jonathon Mast – Jason J. McCuiston – Gregory L. Norris – Q Parker – Peter Prellwitz – John B. Rosenman – Alistair Rey – Darrell Schweitzer – Bradley H. Sinor – Matias Travieso-Diaz – Charles Wilkinson – Martin Zeigler
—Steven R. Southard, author of What Man Hath Wrought series
Have you written a short story you’d like to have published? Maybe you’ve written a few stories and you’d like to increase your chances of publishing all of them. Kelly A. Harmon and Vonnie Winslow Crist are both award-winning authors and editors, and have short stories published in more than 300 anthologies and magazines around the world. Let them show you the process they use to publish stories and maximize earnings.
After reading hundreds of manuscripts, and co-editing nine anthologies together, Kelly and Vonnie have learned first-hand what kind of stories rise to the top of the slush pile and make it to publication. How to Write for Anthologies and Make More Money with Your Writing includes examples from their own editing experience as well as easy-to-follow tips you can use to increase your chances of publication.
In this book, you’ll discover:
How to come up with story ideas with an edge to beat competition
Where to find markets to send your stories for publication
The step-by-step submission process to maximize your earnings
The reasons editors say no and tips for avoiding rejection
Why you should keep records of your efforts and much, much more!
Finally, submitting your stories for publication no longer has to feel like a gamble. By employing only a fraction of these tips, your stories can perform significantly better. You want to sell more fiction, and Kelly and Vonnie’s tips are a great way to make it a reality.
Featuring: Zoey Xolton, Stacey Jaine McIntosh, Cindar Harrell, Terry Miller, Delaney McCormick, Beth W. Patterson, Umair Mirxa, Jo Seysener, Eddie D. Moore, Gabriella Balcom, N. M. Brown, Aron Beauregard, Nerisha Kemraj, G. Allen Wilbanks… + 44 other talented international authors!
Featuring fiction by Richard Chizmar, Alex Shvartsman, Rie Sheridan Rose, Jeff Stehman, Jonathan Shipley, Robert E. Waters, Evan Dicken, Anatoly Belilovsky, Brad Hafford, A.P. Sessler, Larry C. Kay, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Steven R. Southard, Kelda Crich, M.J. Ritchie, Edward McDermott, Ray Kolb, Andrew Gudgel, Jeremy Zimmerman, N.O.A. Rawle, Meg Belviso, Daniel Beazley, Briana McGuckin, Kane Gordon, Peter Schranz, G. Scott Huggins, Vonnie Winslow Crist, and Kelly A. Harmon, and featuring a poem by Laura Shovan.
“The entertainment value, and the hints of even greater revelations about the past of the iconic characters, and the world, make me very interested in how Howard Andrew Jones continues the story.”
“Kaaron Warren proves that horror fiction can do more than just deliver disturbing imagery and violence. It can also compel us to confront our own assumptions and moral principles, to look outside the ordinary.” — LOCUS
“Lancelot Schaubert’s words have an immediacy, a potency, an intimacy that grab the reader by the collar and say, ‘Listen, this is important!’ Probing the bones and gristle of humanity, Lancelot’s subjects challenge, but also offer insights into redemption if only we will stop and pay attention.”
— Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl
Once more, my friends and colleagues and I have banded together to compose literature connecting astronomy and mythology: to write Of Gods & Globes II. Each one of us chose a name that connected astronomy (science fiction) and mythology (fantasy) such as “Janus” and wrote forth.
But why on Earth — or off Earth — would we do such a thing?
Well for starters, in his introduction to Bernard Silvestrus’s Cosmographia, Winthrop Wetherbee III (which, let’s be honest, is a doozy of a name but PERFECT for anyone destined to study and teach Latin) said that the thinkers of the classical and middle ages offered up:
The idea the events of earthly life were governed and predetermined by the orderly disposition and activity of the heavenly bodies and could, in part, be foreknown through the careful analysis of celestial phenomena… Adelhard of Bath, in the De eodem et diverso, extols the power of the Arts to guide the soul in its earthly journey; they teach her to recognize her special relation to the rest of creation, to know the nature and intuit the divine pattern of the universe. For the soul’s basic affinity is with the divine rationes of things…
Man, like the universe, lives and moves through the interplay of rational and irrational forces… which evokes preoccupation with the archetypal implications of myth and the themes of classic literature.
We had such a successful launch last time that we decided to come together and write even more stories around this theme. We have continuations on a couple of new universes, hilarious new additions, heartbreaking horror stories, and flirtatious little romps.
In the spirit of drawing on themes of myth and classic literature and of the tidal influence of the constellations, I rounded up sci-fi and fantasy writers to write about cosmic influence. The fantasy writers took a more mythological approach, speaking of the symbolic (or perhaps godly) Mercury and Mars and Neptune. The sci-fi writers tell you what it’s like to live on Jupiter and Uranus. All of them, though, speak of the influence of what one writer called “the music of the spheres.” These are stories Of Gods and Globes. They’re quite the ride: I enjoy each of these stories differently. They made me laugh and cry and chilled me to the bone with terror and one of them made me long for a home that… well for a home I don’t think I’ve ever been to before.
Come fly with us. Let’s fly. Let’s fly away.
Or, if you prefer, to appeal from Sinatra to Sinatra:
Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars.
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"No Holds Bard," by Adrian Cole
"Laying the Hairy Book," by Josh Reynolds
"Here Is Where Your Proud Waves Halt," by Erica Ruppert
"Vicious Circles," by Paul Dale Anderson
"Assorted Shades of Red," by Franklyn Searight
"Strange Days in Old Yandrissa," by John R. Fultz
"Fertility Rites," by Glynn Owen Barrass
"The Witch’s Heart," by Rachel Bolton
"Hag Race," by Andre E. Harewood
"Best Friend Becky," by Wayne Faust
"The Rat in the Rabbit Cage," by Ashley Dioses
"Two Spells," by Neva Bryan
"Pulled Over," by Paul Spears
"The Witch of Skur," by L.F. Falconer
"Cat and Mouse," by Duane Pesice
"Last of the Ashiptu," by Paul Lubaczewski
"Firestorm," by Richard H. Durisen
"The Witch of Pender," by John Linwood Grant
"The Nora Witch," by Brandon Jimison
"The Broken Witch," by Scott Hutchison
Plus poetry by Maurits Zwankhuizen, Lucy A. Snyder, David F. Daumit, S.L. Edwards, Lori R. Lopez, Frederick J. Mayer, K.A. Opperman, Clay F. Johnson, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Oliver Smith, Darla Klein
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The Greenery Has Come Again
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James's childhood home is no longer his own, and returning proves an uncanny experience as the mystery surrounding the giant tree his mother named Yggdrasil blooms like the greenwood itself!
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