The stories in this fifth collection from Plan B Magazine occur at the intersection of the familiar and the strange, the rise of the unexpected and the twist in the road. Let’s take a journey to the unknown.
Table of Contents:
"Honeymoon Sweet" by Craig Faustus Buck
"Broad Daylight" by Eve Fisher
"This Land of the Strange" by Math Bird
"Please Wait" by Robert Dawson
"Fill In The Blanks" by Stephen D. Rogers
"The Double Iron Cross" by William E. Wallace
"Red Bait" by Edd Vick & Manny Frishberg
"Broken Hearts" by Laird Long
"Intimate Knowledge" by Suzanne Baginskie
"The Asshat Fund" by Todd Morr
"Mysterious Private Investigations" by Peter DiChellis
"Coffee and Killings" by Simon Maltman
"The Good Neighbor" by Lawrence Buentello
These stories are as varied as they are excellent — there are light-hearted tales to make you smile, literary pieces that challenge the definition of crime writing, and realistic portraits of difficult and disturbing decisions. Whatever your tastes, I’m sure you’ll find something to enjoy here and maybe something to surprise you.
Join us at our table for ten great stories from returning Cranberry authors Big Jim Williams, Lesley A. Diehl, Earl Staggs, Barbara Metzger, Steve Shrott, Laird Long and Barb Goffman. We've brought along some new friends too: Sandra Murphy, Rob Chirico and Debra H. Goldstein. And, again this year, Lisa Wagner presents three recipes in-between the stories that are sure to have your guests killing for seconds!
At the head of our table is J. Alan Hartman, the Editor-in-Chief of Untreed Reads Publishing who has curated all four installments of The Killer Wore Cranberry plus the anthologies Year's End, The Untreed Detectives and Moon Shot.
So, turn off that football game. Tell Grandma you just don't have time for green bean casserole or gelatin mold. Let Uncle Bernie sleep off the tryptophan in the recliner. Then, find yourself a comfortable spot away from the carving knives and get ready to laugh, solve crimes and experience our fourth meal of pure mayhem!
M. Darusha Wehm shows us our blue marble as viewed from Mars. Anatoly Belilovsky meditates on family and love in a drowned future Ireland. Alex Shvartsman controls the weather. Robert Dawson evokes the nostalgia of a child for gas-powered cars. Holly Schofield highlights wildlife in distress with an allegory of clowns. Liam Hogan takes the slacker's doctrine to its logical extreme. Matt Colborn's toaster fixes the planet. William Delman gives us quiet persistence in the face of disaster. And Ariel Bolton investigates the plight of refugees from the North Pole.
Get inspired to change our climate for the better with stories from these distinctive voices of speculative fiction.