Life Cycles

Perfect Circles

Book 3
Stormcrow Books
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Tilting at windmills in the twenty-first century. A dying woman's surprising final wish. The unlikely connections between a Manchester woman and a 17th century Renaissance man. A chance encounter on a motorway. A woman allergic to the modern world.

Life Cycles contains twenty-nine short and very short literary stories, originally published between 1999 and 2011 and now collected together for the first time.

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Seek Alternative Route * The Lost Art of Conversation * She'd Always Loved to Travel * Bees * Dan Quixote * Known to the Defendant * Titania * GSOH * The Flying Incredulo * The Square on the Hypotenuse * Sunken Bells * Introductions * The Question * Warning * A Good Drying Day * Birth (Moth)er * Flotsam * Last Words * Metal Recycling Here * Human Statue * The Wind Singing in the Wires * Pieces of her Mind * The Great Melody * Skydiving * Ultima Thule * The Flamingo Dancer * The Gatekeeper * Life Cycles * Perfect Circles

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About the author

Simon is a fiction writer, the author of over 100 published short stories, quite a lot of poetry and the novels The GenehunterEngn and the Cloven Land fantasy trilogy.

His short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, British Fantasy Society Horizons, Abyss & Apex and many more.

He lives in the UK and is a member of the British Fantasy Society.

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Publisher
Stormcrow Books
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Published on
Nov 18, 2013
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Pages
128
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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This content is DRM free.
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An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City’s favorite wizard.

The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue—and creatures of all supernatural stripes. And you’ll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this must-have short story collection.

From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published “Zoo Day,” Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

With twelve stories in all, Brief Cases offers both longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into Harry’s funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold.

The collection includes:

  •  “Curses,” from Naked City, edited by Ellen Datlow
  •  “AAAA Wizardry,” from the Dresden Files RPG
  •  “Even Hand,” from Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by P. N. Elrod
  •  “B is for Bigfoot,” from Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, edited by Jonathan Strahan. Republished in Working for Bigfoot.
  •  “I was a Teenage Bigfoot,” from Blood Lite III: Aftertaste, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. Republished in Working for Bigfoot.
  •  “Bigfoot on Campus,” from Hex Appeal, edited by P. N. Elrod. Republished in Working for Bigfoot.
  •  “Bombshells,” from Dangerous Women, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
  •  “Jury Duty,” from Unbound, edited by Shawn Speakman
  •  “Cold Case,” from Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes
  •  “Day One,” from Unfettered II, edited by Shawn Speakman
  •  “A Fistful of Warlocks,” from Straight Outta Tombstone, edited by David Boop
  •  “Zoo Day,” a brand-new novella, original to this collection
A brutal multinational corporation. A land ruled by necromancers. One girl in their way...

The complete Cloven Land Trilogy. Contains the books Hyrn, Hedge Witch, Wyrm Lord and Witch King collected together into a single box set. Also includes bonus short story The Waters, Dividing the Land.


Hyrn

Some wounds are too wide to heal...

The world changes one bright morning. The ageing king of Angere turns to necromancy to prolong his existence, and the price of dark magic is paid in innocent lives. The land descends into chaos as loyalties are tested and friends become bitter foes.

For Black Meg, eldest witch of Angere, time is desperately short. She receives a vision from Hyrn, the horned man of the woods. The future is worse than anything she could have imagined. But Hyrn also shows her an answer, a way out.

It’s a terrible and desperate path. But the free people of Angere have no choice but to take it.


Book 1: Hedge Witch

Two worlds, one nightmare...

Cait Weerd has no idea the undain are hunting her. She doesn’t know the vile creatures need her blood to survive. She doesn’t even know she’s a witch, descended from a long line of witches. Cait Weerd doesn’t know much, but all that’s about to change.

At Manchester Central Library, she’s caught in the crossfire between the witches and the undain, two worlds fighting for an old book. Cait takes the book and is told to run, hide the book or destroy it. The undain’s secrets are buried in its pages, and they want it almost as much as they want her.

The fate of two worlds is at stake. Cait has to decide what to do: run, fight, or hope it all goes away.

But then she learns who she really is, along with the terrible truth of what the undain have been doing in our world all this time...


Book 2: Wyrm Lord

Lost in the land of the nightmares…

Cait Weerd has reached Angere in the company of Ran, Nox, and the dead witch-girl she carries within her. Now all she has to do is cross the land of the undain without being captured, steal the Grimoire from the Witch King himself, and then, somehow, make it across the famously uncrossable river An.

Oh, and it would be quite nice if she could rescue Danny, too.

Meanwhile, in our world, Fer and her companions must find Johnny’s lost guitar and use it to reach the safety of Andar. But Genera and the undain are closing in, and not everyone will survive the battle.

Life isn’t getting any less crazy for Cait or Fer.


Book 3: Witch King

The war for Andar begins...

The mighty river An freezes from shore to shore, and the army of horrors from Angere marches across to devour peaceful and beautiful Andar. Cait, Hellen, and the others head north, hoping to slow the invasion. At Islagray, Ashen battles to make sense of the reunited Shadow Grimoire, seeking a way to turn the undain’s necromancy against itself. Fighting dark magic with dark magic is a grim and dangerous road.

Meanwhile, in our world, Fer evades Genera and the undain as she undertakes a desperate mission to sever the supply of Spirit fuelling the armies of Angere.

Unlikely friends rise to the skies, and hidden enemies wait to betray Cait and Fer. With every defeat, Andar fades. And at Islagray, the heart of the land, the last free place, the Song can barely be heard over the rising tide of war.

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