Stone Skin Press Gods, Memes and Monsters

A 21st Century Bestiary

The magic of bestiaries, or dictionaries of mythological creatures, has been captivating the human imagination since ancient times. Now, Stone Skin Press brings a fresh take on these compendiums of the fantastic with its latest anthology—Gods, Memes and Monsters. Featuring over sixty authors, this stunning international volume offers entries and short stories that range from the horrific to the humorous. The bestiary shed lights on familiar beasts that are coping in our modern era, including gorgons, minotaurs, and mantichores. It also introduces newly discovered creatures such as meme mosquitoes, trashsquatches, and urbantelopes that are thriving in the cyber age.

The full and phenomenal extent of the writers:

Sam AGRO * James ASHTON * Peter M. BALL * David BARNES

Steve BERMAN * Peter BIRCH (Aishling Morgan) * Jonathan BLUM

Dennis E. BOLEN * Rupert BOOTH * Andrew J. BORKOWSKI

Charlene CHALLENGER * Jean-François CHÉNIER * Peter CHIYKOWSKI

Emily Care BOSS * Richard DANSKY * Marie DAVIS and Margaret HULTZ * Arinn DEMBO * Malcolm DEVLIN

Dennis DETWILLER * Peter DUBÉ * Julia Bond ELLINGBOE * Ann EWAN * Chad FIFER * J.M. FREY

Ed GREENWOOD * Dave GROSS * Kate HARRAD * Kenneth HITE * Jonathan L. HOWARD * Sandra KASTURI

Nancy KILPATRICK * Kathryn KUITENBROUWER * Chris LACKEY * Robin D. LAWS * Carrianne LEUNG

Laura LUSH * Nick MAMATAS * Helen MARSHALL * Isabel MATWAWANA * Silvia MORENO-GARCIA

Patrick O’DUFFY * Lilly O’GORMAN * Helen Cusack O’KEEFFE * Gareth RYDER-HANRAHAN * Jerry SCHAEFER

Ekaterina SEDIA * Greg STAFFORD * Greg STOLZE * Kate STORY * Molly TANZER * John Scott TYNES

Jacqueline VALENCIA * Monica VALENTINELLI * Kyla WARD * Myna WALLIN * James WALLIS * Jim WEBSTER

Bill ZAGET * Kurt ZUBATIUK
 
Cover & interior illustrations by Shel Kahn.
 
ISBN-13: 978-1-908983-11-4
Format: B Format – 198 x 129mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 310 pages
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Stone Skin Press The Lion and The Aardvark

These confusing times of Internet trolls, one-percenters, toxic fame, and impending singularity cry out for clarity—the clarity found in Aesop’s 2,500 year old fables.

70 writers from across the creative spectrum bring their modern sensibilities to this classic format. Zombies, dog-men and robot wasps mingle with cats, coyotes and cockroaches. Parables ranging from the punchy to the evocative, the wry to the disturbing, explore eternal human foibles, as displaced onto lemmings, trout, and racing cars. But beware— in these terse explorations of desire, envy, and power, certitude isn’t always as clear as it looks.

The full and phenomenal extent of the writers:

Peter M. BALL * Robert Jackson BENNETT * Jason L. BLAIR

Emily Care BOSS * Nadia BULKIN * Jesse BULLINGTON * Susannah DAINOW

Richard DANSKY * Graeme DAVIS * Jim DEMONAKOS * Steve DEMPSEY

Dennis DETWILLER * Julia Bond ELLINGBOE * Ann EWAN * Ray FAWKES

Chad FIFER * Matt FORBECK * Peter FREEMAN * Katarina GLIGORIJEVIC * Ed GREENWOOD * Dave GROSS

Rob HEINSOO * Tania HERSHMAN * Will HINDMARCH * Jonathan L. HOWARD * Stephen Graham JONES

John KOVALIC * Kathryn KUITENBROUWER * Chris LACKEY * Livia LLEWELLYN * Laura LUSH * Nick MAMATAS

Adam MAREK * Julie McARTHUR * Janqui MEHTA * Silvia MORENO-GARCIA * Sarah NEWTON * Daniel PERRY

Sandy PETERSEN * JT PETTY * Ursula PFLUG * Wena POON * Epidiah RAVACHOL * Aaron ROSENBERG

Gareth RYDER-HANRAHAN * Richard SCARSBROOK * Ekaterina SEDIA * Greg STAFFORD * Greg STOLZE

Molly TANZER * Benj TENTT * Sue TRAIN * Genevieve VALENTINE * Monica VALENTINELLI * Halli VILLEGAS

Kyla WARD * Chuck WENDIG * Heather WOOD * Jim ZUB.

Cover & interior illustrations by Shel Kahn.

ISBN-13: 9781908983022
Format: B Format – 198x129mm
Binding: Hardback
Extent: 229 pages
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Stone Skin Press The New Hero Volume 2

Every generation fits the time-honored constants of the hero tale to its own needs. Today’s serial adventurers, whether they burst from re-envisioned histories or ply the humming foredecks of an imagined future, ride a cresting cultural wave. Through thirteen thrilling stories of threatened identity and vanquished disorder, The New Hero 2’s diverse cast of top writers slices, dices and recombines the limits of the form.

Plunge into danger alongside their unforgettable problem-smashers, from a feminist painter-mercenary to a spacefaring badass, from steampunk cowgirls to a mutant paladin of the semiotic apocalypse. Hunt monsters churned up in the wake of the crusades. Plumb occult secrets on Chicago’s meanest streets. Crack wise with hardboiled sword-slingers. Succor lost souls on the soft shores of Limbo.

Grab camera, medkit or mystic tome and rush to your rendezvous with the heroes of tomorrow.

Mapping genre’s shifting borderlands are:

Alex BLEDSOE • Emily Care BOSS • Jennifer BROZEK • Tobias BUCKELL • Jesse BULLINGTON • Matt FORBECK • Robin D. LAWS • Will HINDMARCH • Jean RABE • Christina STILES • Greg STOLZE • James L. SUTTER • John Scott TYNES • James WALLIS
 
Cover and interior illustrations by Gene Ha.
 
ISBN-13: 9781908983039
Format: B Format – 198x129mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 285 pages
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Stone Skin Press The Forgotten Monk

A Man Without A Past

Cipher is a monk: a master of the Deadly Arts, able to dismantle enemies using his bare hands. He is immune to lies, and can see volumes of information in the smallest detail.

Unfortunately, that’s all he knows. His real name, his history – all stolen by an unknown foe.

Without memory or purpose, Cipher can only follow his instinct to find bad people, and hit them until they stop doing bad things. Joining a crime-fighting cavalry unit in a remote corner of the Dragon Empire, he finds himself allied with a singing orc, an indecisive elf, and a flying carpet that doesn’t like heights. Together they’ll take on a crazy halfling death cultist, a love-maddened alchemist, a charming drunkard dog-thief, a blinded arch-demon in chains, and the bizarre Mantischorgoth.

The Forgotten Monk is a high fantasy and high adventure novel, woven into a story of strong friendships, deadly hatreds, ingenious criminal mysteries and baffling affairs of the heart.

 

About the author:

Greg Stolze was born in 1970 and grew up alongside the World Wide Web. It should come as no surprise that he relies on 307 connections with his old college pal the Internet to make money. You can see (and download) the fruits of his labors at www.gregstolze.com/fiction_library. Everything there is free because it’s already been paid for through a complicated fictional-risk deferral scheme, to which you are already a party simply by having read this paragraph. So, since you’re already in, point your web browser to find stories about jujitsu, math, fish telepathy, aliens, magic, and grief. Follow him on Twitter at @GregStolze if you don’t mind hearing a lot about his literary trickery and insomnia.

Cover illustration by Pat Loboyko.

ISBN-13:   9781908983152
Format:    B Format – 198x129mm
Binding:   Paperback
Extent:    288 pages
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A novel of the 13th Age

A Man Without A Past

Cipher is a monk: a master of the Deadly Arts, able to dismantle enemies using his bare hands. He is immune to lies, and can see volumes of information in the smallest detail.

Unfortunately, that’s all he knows. His real name, his history – all stolen by an unknown foe.

Without memory or purpose, Cipher can only follow his instinct to find bad people, and hit them until they stop doing bad things. Joining a crime-fighting cavalry unit in a remote corner of the Dragon Empire, he finds himself allied with a singing orc, an indecisive elf, and a flying carpet that doesn’t like heights. Together they’ll take on a crazy halfling death cultist, a love-maddened alchemist, a charming drunkard dog-thief, a blinded arch-demon in chains, and the bizarre Mantischorgoth.

The Forgotten Monk is high fantasy and high adventure, woven into a story of strong friendships, deadly hatreds, ingenious criminal mysteries and baffling affairs of the heart.

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Stock #: SSP09 Author: Greg Stolze
Artist: Pat Loboyko Format: 288 page novel

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