There is much disagreement about when super-powered metahumans began to appear. Most scientists believe the first births were in the ’40s, perhaps the ’30s, although there is a small (but vocal) minority claiming they have always been among us.
In Reckoning – the first volume of a trilogy about the metahuman known as Dynamistress – award-winning author Vincent M. Wales (Wish You Were Here, One Nation Under God) gives us the memoir of the world’s first self-made metahuman. But it is less a story of becoming a superhero than it is the story of a flawed woman becoming whole.
The Lost by Jack Ketchum (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)
47 North (March 2014)
It was the summer of 1965. Ray, Tim, and Jennifer were just three teenage friends hanging out in the campgrounds, drinking a little. But Tim and Jennifer didn’t know what their friend Ray had in mind. And if they’d known, they wouldn’t have thought he was serious. Then they saw what he did to the two girls at the neighboring campsite—and knew he was dead serious.
Off Seasonby Jack Ketchum (Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor) 47North (Reprint Edition, Oct 2013)
September. A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a hill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River—off season—awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall…
And before too many hours pass, five civilized, sophisticated people and one tired old country sheriff will learn just how primitive we all are beneath the surface…and that there are no limits at all to the will to survive.
Thanks to Ondelle s parting gift, Brigitta is now a rare deodyte, a faerie bound by two elements. But she has little energy to explore, let alone enjoy, her new air element, as she is also now haunted by the memories of her dead High Priestess.
It’s 1965 and the Beatles have turned pop music upside down. In the South, the Civil Rights movement is gathering momentum behind Martin Luther King. In Vietnam, the war is heating up. And in Ojibway, Michigan, cheerleader Susie Porter accuses her algebra teacher of rape.
Attorney Joseph Daniels, unaware that his son Robbie has loved Susie since grade school, agrees to defend the teacher. His decision thrusts Robbie into a world he never dreamed existed.
Part To Kill a Mockingbird, part American Graffiti, Postcards of the Hanging is the story of a young man discovering that life is never simple and that truth is often painful.
Blood on the Tracks by Steve Liskow (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
self-published (Sept 2013)
In 1991, Jeremy Garth and Thunder Lizzard were poised to become Detroit’s Next Big Thing. They went into the studio to cut the album that would make it all happen. Then Garth turned up dead in his car and took the unfinished album and the band with him.
Now Re-Run Records hires Chris “Woody” Guthrie to find those lost session tapes for a memorial CD, and Guthrie finds that all is not peace and harmony in the Motor City.
A Tattooby Gerard Bianco (Now Write! Mysteries contributor – check out his sample exercise)
flash fiction story published by Burningword Literary Journal (April, 2014)
“She got a freaking tattoo! The nose piercing last year wasn’t enough. She had to get a Celtic arm band tattoo. She’s not even Irish. ” Keep reading…