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Interview with C. L. Clark, author of The Unbroken


Please welcome C. L. Clark to The Qwillery as part of the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Unbroken is published on March 23, 2021 by Orbit.

Please join The Qwillery in wishing C. L. a very Happy Book Birthday!







TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece you remember writing?

C.L.:  Hi! Thanks for having me! First thing I really remember writing is a horror story in third or fourth grade in the vein of R.L. Stein. I think. I used to tell ‘ghost’ stories to my cousins on the hour long drives to church every Sunday. Ironically, I’m a scaredy cat now.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

C.L.:  At this point in the game, a plotter. My first draft of The Unbroken was largely pantsed with some ideas for where I wanted to go, but that ended up with so many full revision drafts, trying desperately to figure out how to make the story work. In the middle of that process, though, I read a lot of craft books trying to find a way to make that process easier. One of them was Story Engineering by Larry Brooks and overall, I jived pretty well with that process and though I’ve adapted it to my own style, it’s a pretty intuitive way to plot at least the first outline. What happens after I start drafting, though...heh.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

C.L.:  Mm. Writing politics. Which, as you can imagine, makes writing military/political-fantasy a very particular challenge...let’s just say I question my life choices on a regular basis.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

C.L.:  Everything. Maybe that’s a copout, but it’s true. Music, especially folk songs. History. History or historical societies inspire me a lot--The Unbroken came from several different historical ideas, like the European powers and their colonization of Africa, the conscription of soldiers from the colonies to use in world wars and their treatment (as well as treatment of Black soldiers in the US), and the forced separation and re-education of indigenous and colonized children across the world. I suppose historical isn’t necessarily accurate; all of this is ongoing in some way or another.



TQDescribe The Unbroken using only 5 words.

C.L.:  Mmm, I think it’s summed up pretty well with the tagline on the cover (thanks, Angeline!): “Every empire deserves a revolution.”



TQTell us something about The Unbroken that is not found in the book description.

C.L.:  The mother-daughter relationship is key. I love it.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Unbroken? What appeals to you about writing fantasy?

C.L.:  History, as I mentioned above but specifically, this project came from three classes I was taking at the same time in university: post-colonial literary theory course, and Francophone African literature, as well as this independent research project I did on violent women in fantasy. The thing that appeals most to me is getting to do cool shit--but I’m also an academic, so I like being able to do cool shit like write about riding dragons while also grappling with the real world.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Unbroken?

C.L.:  Oh, man. A lot, though some of it was what I gathered incidentally from classes. In grad school, I added war literature to my post-colonial focus. More actively, I also took some intensive courses in Arabic in the US and Morocco and spent some time researching at l’Institut du Monde Arabe (the Institute of the Arab World) in Paris so that I better understood the colonial relationships past and present. Lots of primary and secondary sources in both places, as well as the friends I made in Morocco who talked about their experiences. This was already my area of academic focus, but traveling made things much more personal. There are a lot of commonalities in Black lives in the US and present/past colonized people all over the world.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Unbroken.

C.L.:  IT IS THE BEST!!! It’s a Tommy Arnold (you might know him from his Gideon and Harrow the Ninth covers), and was designed by Lauren Panepinto. We wanted play with the trope of the male protagonist on the front cover in power poses and thrones, but with a woman. So this is Touraine, standing amidst the pillars in the Grand Temple. I couldn’t possibly be more thrilled with how it turned out.



TQIn The Unbroken who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

C.L.:  Touraine was the character whose voice was hardest to nail down, and I’ll be honest, I’m not sure if I have yet. The Jackal, I think, was the easiest, though she didn’t show up until the last draft before querying. Once I did, though, everything about her was crystal clear--it unlocked a lot of the story.



TQDoes The Unbroken touch on any social issues?

C.L.:  Absolutely.



TQWhich question about The Unbroken do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

C.L.:  What are some books you think The Unbroken is in conversation with?

What I was directly thinking about while I was writing...The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson and The Thousand Names by Django Wexler and The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar. Baru, because I also wanted to think about what happens to the colonized kids raised within the system, and the Shadow Campaigns series by reversing the usual hero/villain role in conquest fantasies, and finally The Winged Histories because I wanted to show the different perspectives of women in war, those who choose violence, those who choose peace, those who choose poetry, those who heal (originally, Djasha was also a point of view character and I wanted the teacher, the politician, and the soldier).

Other (first in series) books to pair it with that came out recently: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine and Savage Legion by Matt Wallace.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Unbroken.

C.L.:  Ohh...I think my favorite ones are all spoilery. Hm…oh, here’s a favorite:

“Balladaire was a land of gifts and punishment, honey and whips, devastating mercies.”



TQWhat's next?

C.L.:  Working on the second and third books of The Magic of the Lost trilogy mostly, but I’m also a guest editor for the upcoming We’re Here: Best of Queer Speculative Fiction 2020, which I’m editing with Charles Payseur. It’s coming from Neon Hemlock later this year. I’ll also have some short stories, essays, and a few virtual interviews over the next few months.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





The Unbroken
The Magic of the Lost 1
Orbit Books, March 23, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages
"A perfect military fantasy: brutal, complex, human and impossible to put down." – Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand

In an epic fantasy unlike any other, two women clash in a world full of rebellion, espionage, and military might on the far outreaches of a crumbling desert empire.

Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. But now, her company has been sent back to her homeland to stop a rebellion, and the ties of blood may be stronger than she thought.

Luca needs a turncoat. Someone desperate enough to tiptoe the bayonet's edge between treason and orders. Someone who can sway the rebels toward peace, while Luca focuses on what really matters: getting her uncle off her throne.

Through assassinations and massacres, in bedrooms and war rooms, Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren't for sale.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





About C. L. Clark

C.L. Clark graduated from Indiana University's creative writing MFA. She's been a personal trainer, an English teacher, and an editor, and is some combination thereof as she travels the world. When she's not writing or working, she's learning languages, doing P90something, or reading about war and [post-]colonial history. Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, FIYAH, PodCastle and Uncanny. You can follow her on Twitter C_L_Clark.



Website  ~  Twitter C_L_Clark.

The View From Monday - March 22, 2021

Happy Monday and the 1st Monday in astronomical Spring!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Unbroken (Magic of the Lost 1) by C.L. Clark;

Dark Lullaby by Polly Ho-Yen;

and

The Lost Village by Camilla Sten.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan is out in Trade Paperback;

Floodpath (Outlaw Road 2) by Emily B. Martin;

Brightfall by Jamie Lee Moyer is out in Trade Paperback;

Steal the Sky (The Scorched Continent 1) by Megan E. O'Keefe is out in Trade Paperback;

Requiem Moon (Scarlet Odyssey 2) by C.T. Rwizi;

and

The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - March 22, 2021
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

March 23, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Stand on Zanzibar (ri)
John Brunner SF/HSF/GenEng
The Fall of Koli M. R. Carey SF/AP/PA/Dys/LF - Rampart Trilogy 3
The Unbroken (D) C. L. Clark F - Magic of the Lost 1
The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida (h2tp) Clarissa Goenawan Psy/MR
Dark Lullaby (D - Adult)
Polly Ho-Yen SF/Th/Dys
The Other Emily Dean Koontz Sus/PsyTh/Th
Elsewhere (h2tp)
Dean Koontz TechTh/SF
The Two-Faced Queen Nick Martell F - The Legacy of the Mercenary King 2
Floodpath Emily B. Martin F - Outlaw Road 2
Brightfall (h2tp) Jaime Lee Moyer FairyT/FolkT/LM/HistF
Steal the Sky (ri)
Megan E. O'Keefe SF/SP/F - The Scorched Continent 1
Requiem Moon C. T. Rwizi F/CoA/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Scarlet Odyssey 2
The Ladies of the Secret Circus Constance Sayers HistF/CW/Occ/Sup/HistR
The Lost Village (D) Camilla Sten
Alexandra Fleming (Tr)
Sus/H
The Glass Magician (h2tp)
Caroline Stevermer HistF/RF
Your Turn to Suffer Tim Waggoner H - Fiction Without Frontiers



March 24, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Masquerade Season: A Tor.com Original (e) 'Pemi Aguda F



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash-Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - March 16, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

There are two debuts this week:

The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville;

and

Body of Stars by Laura Maylene Walter.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Tales from the Folly by Ben Aaronovitch;

What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch;

and

A Pale Light in the Black by K. B. Wagers is out in Trade Paperback.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - March 16, 2021
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

March 16, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Wild Sign Patricia Briggs RF/PNR/UF - Alpha and Omega 6
The Fiends of Nightmaria Steven Erikson F - Malazan Book of the Fallen
American Gods (ri)
Neil Gaiman CF
Lakewood (h2tp) Megan Giddings
African American/CW
Bubblegum (h2tp)
Adam Levin LF/Dys/SF
Firefly - Life Signs James Lovegrove MTI/SF
Witness X SE Moorhead SF/Cr
The Memory Collectors (D) Kim Neville LF
Fabius Bile: Manflayer Josh Reynolds SF/GenEng - Fabius Bile 3
88 Names (h2tp)
Matt Ruff Sus
This Town Sleeps (h2tp) Dennis E. Staples MR/LF
Docile (h2tp) K.M. Szpara SF/HSF
Blue Mar Francesca G. Varela SF/AP/PA/SFR/SE/Disaster/CoA
A Pale Light in the Black (h2tp)
K. B. Wagers SF - NeoG 1
Body of Stars (D) Laura Maylene Walter LF/Feminist/Dys
Skyward Inn Aliya Whiteley SF
Creatures of Passage Morowa Yejidé LF/MR



March 18, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
What Abigail Did That Summer Ben Aaronovitch UF - Rivers of London Novella
Tales from the Folly Ben Aaronovitch UF/SS - Rivers of London



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash-Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

2021 Debut Author Challenge - March 2021 Debuts



There are 11 debuts for March 2021.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The March debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite February cover for the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on or about March 15, 2021.



C. L. Clark

The Unbroken
Orbit Books, March 23, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages
"A perfect military fantasy: brutal, complex, human and impossible to put down." – Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand

In an epic fantasy unlike any other, two women clash in a world full of rebellion, espionage, and military might on the far outreaches of a crumbling desert empire.

Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. But now, her company has been sent back to her homeland to stop a rebellion, and the ties of blood may be stronger than she thought.

Luca needs a turncoat. Someone desperate enough to tiptoe the bayonet's edge between treason and orders. Someone who can sway the rebels toward peace, while Luca focuses on what really matters: getting her uncle off her throne.

Through assassinations and massacres, in bedrooms and war rooms, Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren't for sale.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





S.B. Divya

Machinehood
Gallery / Saga Press, March 2, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
From the Hugo Award nominee S.B. Divya, Zero Dark Thirty meets The Social Network in this science fiction thriller about artificial intelligence, sentience, and labor rights in a near future dominated by the gig economy.

Welga Ramirez, executive bodyguard and ex-special forces, is about to retire early when her client is killed in front of her. It’s 2095 and people don’t usually die from violence. Humanity is entirely dependent on pills that not only help them stay alive, but allow them to compete with artificial intelligence in an increasingly competitive gig economy. Daily doses protect against designer diseases, flow enhances focus, zips and buffs enhance physical strength and speed, and juvers speed the healing process.

All that changes when Welga’s client is killed by The Machinehood, a new and mysterious terrorist group that has simultaneously attacked several major pill funders. The Machinehood operatives seem to be part human, part machine, something the world has never seen. They issue an ultimatum: stop all pill production in one week.

Global panic ensues as pill production slows and many become ill. Thousands destroy their bots in fear of a strong AI takeover. But the US government believes the Machinehood is a cover for an old enemy. One that Welga is uniquely qualified to fight.

Welga, determined to take down the Machinehood, is pulled back into intelligence work by the government that betrayed her. But who are the Machinehood and what do they really want?

A thrilling and thought-provoking novel that asks: if we won’t see machines as human, will we instead see humans as machines?
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





Jamie Figueroa

Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer
Catapault, March 2, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages
A fableistic, “curious and dazzling” debut novel of enormous power and grace about a sister trying to hold back her brother from the edge of the abyss for readers of Jesmyn Ward and Tommy Orange (Booklist, starred review).

In the tourist town of Ciudad de Tres Hermanas, in the aftermath of their mother’s passing, two siblings spend a final weekend together in their childhood home. Seeing her brother, Rafa, careening toward a place of no return, Rufina devises a bet: if they can make enough money performing for privileged tourists in the plaza over the course of the weekend to afford a plane ticket out, Rafa must commit to living. If not, Rufina will make her peace with Rafa’s own plan for the future, however terrifying it may be.

As the siblings reckon with generational and ancestral trauma, set against the indignities of present-day prejudice, other strange hauntings begin to stalk these pages: their mother’s ghost kicks her heels against the walls; Rufina’s vanished child creeps into her arms at night; and above all this, watching over the siblings, a genderless, flea-bitten angel remains hell-bent on saving what can be saved.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





Nicole Glover

The Conductors
A Murder & Magic Novel 1
John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books, March 2, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
“A seamless blending of magic, mystery, and history…Glover’s worldbuilding, characters, and attention to historical detail create a delightfully genre-bending debut!”
—Tananarive Due, American Book Award winner, author of Ghost Summer: Stories

From a bold new voice in speculative fiction comes a vibrant historical fantasy of magic and murder set in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Hetty Rhodes and her husband, Benjy, were Conductors on the Underground Railroad, ferrying dozens of slaves to freedom with daring, cunning, and magic that draws its power from the constellations. With the war over, those skills find new purpose as they solve mysteries and murders that white authorities would otherwise ignore.

In the heart of Philadelphia’s Seventh Ward, everyone knows that when there’s a strange death or magical curses causing trouble, Hetty and Benjy are the only ones that can solve the case. But when an old friend is murdered, their investigation stirs up a wasp nest of intrigue, lies, and long-buried secrets- and a mystery unlike anything they handled before. With a clever, cold-blooded killer on the prowl testing their magic and placing their lives at risk, Hetty and Benjy will discover how little they really know about their neighbors . . . and themselves.

“An unforgettable debut ... Wholly original and thoroughly riveting.”

—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times best-selling author of A Murderous Relation
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Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





A.C. Haskins

Blood and Whispers
Baen, March 2, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
A NEW URBAN FANTASY

THE MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON IS A PAST SCORNED

Thomas Quinn is a sorcerer haunted by the memories of the things he's done over centuries of service to the Arcanum. From battling djinn to killing demigods and dragons, the scars and nightmares have left him a broken man. He has long retired from that life, running an occult shop in Philadelphia for the past several decades, wanting nothing more than to be left alone with his books and his whiskey and his shame.

But when two detectives come to his door asking about a brutal ritual murder in his city, Quinn must reluctantly take up the mantle of a Sorcerer of the Arcanum once more, and face down those who would threaten the fragile peace between the human and magical worlds. His investigation takes him from the streets of Philadelphia to the court of a Faerie King as he races to stop the apocalypse.

Thomas Quinn was prepared to fight rogue sorcerers and Fae monsters. But the greatest threat he faces may be his own inner demons. . . .
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





Polly Ho-Yen

Dark Lullaby
Titan Books, March 23, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
For fans of Black Mirror and The Handmaid’s Tale, a mother desperately tries to keep her family together in a society where parenting standards are strictly monitored.

The world is suffering an infertility crisis, the last natural birth was over twenty years ago and now the only way to conceive is through a painful fertility treatment. Any children born are strictly monitored, and if you are deemed an unfit parent then your child is extracted. After witnessing so many struggling to conceive – and then keep – their babies, Kit thought she didn’t want children. But then she meets Thomas and they have a baby girl, Mimi. Soon the small mistakes build up and suddenly Kit is faced with the possibility of losing her daughter, and she is forced to ask herself how far she will go to keep her family together.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





Gabriela Houston

The Second Bell
Angry Robot, March 9, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
To the world you are an abomination; a monster with unholy abilities. You’re shunned and left to fend for yourself. Your only chance of survival is to tap into that dark potential - would you do it?

In an isolated mountain community, sometimes a child is born with two hearts. Such a child - a striga - is considered a dangerous demon, which must be abandoned on the edge of the forest to protect the community. The only choice the child’s mother can make is whether to leave her home with her infant, or stay behind and try to forget.

Miriat made her choice. She and her nineteen-year-old striga daughter, Salka, now live a life of deprivation and hardship in a remote village, where to follow the impulses of the other heart is forbidden.

But Salka is headstrong and young, and when threatened with losing everything, she is forced to explore the depths of her true nature, testing the bonds between mother and child.

File Under: Fantasy [ Breaking Taboos | Hidden Shadows | Hungry Like the Wolf | Slavic Story ]
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Kim Neville

The Memory Collectors
Atria Books, March 16, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Perfect for fans of The Scent Keeper and The Keeper of Lost Things, an atmospheric and enchanting debut novel about two women haunted by buried secrets but bound by a shared gift and the power the past holds over our lives.>

Ev has a mysterious ability, one that she feels is more a curse than a gift. She can feel the emotions people leave behind on objects and believes that most of them need to be handled extremely carefully, and—if at all possible—destroyed. The harmless ones she sells at Vancouver’s Chinatown Night Market to scrape together a living, but even that fills her with trepidation. Meanwhile, in another part of town, Harriet hoards thousands of these treasures and is starting to make her neighbors sick as the overabundance of heightened emotions start seeping through her apartment walls. >

When the two women meet, Harriet knows that Ev is the only person who can help her make something truly spectacular of her collection. A museum of memory that not only feels warm and inviting but can heal the emotional wounds many people unknowingly carry around. They only know of one other person like them, and they fear the dark effects these objects had on him. Together, they help each other to develop and control their gift, so that what happened to him never happens again. But unbeknownst to them, the same darkness is wrapping itself around another, dragging them down a path that already destroyed Ev’s family once, and threatens to annihilate what little she has left. >

The Memory Collectors casts the everyday in a new light, speaking volumes to the hold that our past has over us—contained, at times, in seemingly innocuous objects—and uncovering a truth that both women have tried hard to bury with their pasts: not all magpies collect shiny things—sometimes they gather darkness.
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Sarah Penner

The Lost Apothecary
Park Row, March 2, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Hello! magazine, Oprah.com, Bustle, Popsugar, Betches, Sweet July, and GoodReads!

March 2021 Indie Next Pick and #1 LibraryReads Pick

“A bold, edgy, accomplished debut!” —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

A forgotten history. A secret network of women. A legacy of poison and revenge. Welcome to The Lost Apothecary…

Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.

Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.

With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating debut novel of secrets, vengeance and the remarkable ways women can save each other despite the barrier of time.
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Camilla Sten
Alexandra Fleming (Translator)

The Lost Village
Minotaur Books, March 23, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
The Blair Witch Project meets Midsommar in this brilliantly disturbing thriller from Camilla Sten, an electrifying new voice in suspense.

Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened.

But there will be no turning back.

Not long after they’ve set up camp, mysterious things begin to happen. Equipment is destroyed. People go missing. As doubt breeds fear and their very minds begin to crack, one thing becomes startlingly clear to Alice:

They are not alone.

They’re looking for the truth…
But what if it finds them first?

Come find out.
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Laura Maylene Walter

Body of Stars
Dutton, March 16, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
From debut novelist Laura Maylene Walter, a bold and dazzling exploration of fate and female agency in a world very similar to our own—except that the markings on women’s bodies reveal the future

Perfect for fans of Leni Zumas’s Red Clocks and Naomi Alderman’s The Power, Body of Stars is a unique and timely exploration of girlhood, womanhood, and toxic masculinity. A piercing indictment of rape culture, it is an inventive and urgent read about what happens when women are objectified and stripped of choice—and what happens when they fight back.

Celeste Morton has eagerly awaited her passage to adulthood. Like every girl, she was born with a set of childhood markings—the freckles, moles, and birthmarks on her body that foretell her future and that of those around her—and with puberty will come a new set of predictions that will solidify her fate. The possibilities are tantalizing enough to outweigh the worry that the future she dreams of won’t be the one she’s fated to have and the fear of her “changeling period”: the time when women are nearly irresistible to men and the risk of abduction is rife.

Celeste’s beloved brother, Miles, is equally anticipating her transition to adulthood. As a skilled interpreter of the future, a field that typically excludes men, Miles considers Celeste his practice ground—and the only clue to what his own future will bring. But when Celeste changes, she learns a devastating secret about Miles’s fate: a secret that could destroy her family, a secret she will do anything to keep. Yet Celeste isn’t the only one keeping secrets, and when the lies of brother and sister collide, it leads to a tragedy that will irrevocably change Celeste’s fate, set her on a path to fight against the inherent misogyny of fortune-telling, and urge her to create a future that is truly her own.
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March 2021 Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in March 2021. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.


March 2021 Releases
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

March 1, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Infinite Brian Freeman SupTh
The Evil Inside (e)(ri) Heather Graham Th/GH - Krewe of Hunters 4
Wings of Fury Emily R. King HistF
The Rude Eye of Rebellion (h2tp)
J R H Lawless SF - The General Buzz 2



March 2, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Penitent Dan Abnett SF - Warhammer 40,000
Pariah Dan Abnett SF
Doctor Who: At Childhood's End (h2tp)
Sophie Aldred SF
The Councillor E. J. Beaton F/DF
Small Magic: Short Fiction, 1977-2020 Terry Brooks F/SS
Zabor, or The Psalms Kamel Daoud CulH/CoA/MR
In the Quick Kate Hope Day LF/SF/HSF
Occasional Views Volume 1: "More About Writing" and Other Essays Samuel R. Delany LC/SF/F
Machinehood (D)
S.B. Divya SF
Lightning Game Christine Feehan PNR/SF/GenEng - GhostWalker 17
Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer (D) Jamie Figueroa Hispanic & Latino/FL/Ghost
Victory's Price Alexander Freed SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron 3
At the End of the Journey Charles E. Gannon SF/AP/PA - Black Tide Rising 9
Halo: Point of Light Kelly Gay SF - Halo
The Conductors (D) Nicole Glover HistF - A Murder & Magic Novel 1
Blood and Whispers (D)
A.C. Haskins UF
Assassin's Quest: The Illustrated Edition Robin Hobb F - Farseer  3
Klara and the Sun Kazuo Ishiguro LF/SF/VisM
Vagabonds (h2tp) Hao Jingfang
Ken Liu (Tr)
SF/HSF
Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Geirmund's Saga Matthew J Kirby F/MTI - Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future (e) Gideon Lichfield (Ed)
SF - Twelve Tomorrows
House of Earth and Blood (h2tp) Sarah J. Maas UF/RF/PNR - Crescent City 1
First Team: A Marvel: Xavier's Institute Novel Robbie MacNiven MTI - Marvel Xavier's Institute
A Desolation Called Peace Arkady Martine SF/SO - Teixcalaan 2
To Crush the Moon Wil McCarthy SF - Queendom of Sol 3
The Swords of Calth Graham McNeill SF/GenEng - Warhammer 40,000
The Poet King (h2tp) Ilana C. Myer F - The Harp and Ring Sequence 3
Forget Me Not Alexandra Oliva Sus/Psy/LF
Clockwork, Curses, and Coal Rhonda Parrish (Ed) Gaslamp - Anthology
The Lost Apothecary (D) Sarah Penner Hist/Feminist/CW/LF
The Sisters Grimm (h2tp) Menna van Praag CF - Sisters Grimm 1
Return of the Trickster Eden Robinson LF - Trickster Trilogy 3
Burning Girls and Other Stories Veronica Schanoes F - Collection
Wrapt in Crystal (e) Sharon Shinn SF
One Day All This Will Be Yours: Signed Limited Edition Adrian Tchaikovsky SF/TT
Dead Space Kali Wallace SF/H
Sharks in the Time of Saviors (h2tp) Kawai Strong Washburn LF/MR/FL
The Quake Cities Mark Wheaton SF/PA/GenEng



March 3, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
#Spring Love, #Pichal Pairi: A Tor.com Original (e) Usman T. Malik SF



March 9, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Queen's Weapons Anne Bishop F/DF/RF - Black Jewels 11
The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories Kevin Brockmeier GH/SS
Sarahland Sam Cohen SS/CW/MR
Master Class (h2tp)
Christina Dalcher Dys/Sus/CW
Morbius: The Living Vampire - Blood Ties Brendan Deneen SH/H/SupTh
The Bone Maker Sarah Beth Durst F
Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda Jesse J. Holland (Ed)
African American/SH
Spellmaker Charlie N. Holmberg HistF/Gaslamp/RF - Spellbreaker 2
The Second Bell (D) Gabriela Houston F/Gothic/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Cosmogony: Stories Lucy Ives SS/MR/BlHu
The Emperor's Sword Andrew Klavan SF/F/CF - Another Kingdom 3
The Nightmare Feast (h2tp)
Andrew Klavan F/CF/Th - Another Kingdom 2
Out of the Cage Fernanda García Lao
Will Vanderhyden (Tr)
LF/MR/CW
The Name of All Things (tp2mm)
Jenn Lyons F - Chorus of Dragons 2
Conversations From the Edge: The Galaxy's Edge Interviews George R.R. Martin
Lois McMaster Bujold
et al.
SF/F - Interviews
The Warrior King Abigail Owen PNR - Inferno Rising 3
Sinners and Saints Jennifer Roberson F/UF/DF - Blood and Bone 2
Operation Grendel Daniel Schwabauer TechTh/AC
All the Murmuring Bones A.G. Slatter FairyT/FolkT/LM/DF/CF
We Shall Sing a Song into the Deep Andrew Kelly Stewart SF/AP/PA
The Cycle of Fire: The Complete Series (e)(ri) Janny Wurts F - The Cycle of Fire
Stormwarden (e)(ri) Janny Wurts F - The Cycle of Fire 1
The Master of Whitestorm (e)(ri) Janny Wurts F - Wars of Light and Shadow 1
Keeper of the Keys (e) Janny Wurts F - The Cycle of Fire 2
Shadowfane (e) Janny Wurts F - The Cycle of Fire 3
Sorcerer's Legacy (e) Janny Wurts F



March 11, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Primus Initiative Robert Davies SF - Specimen Chronicles 3



March 16, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Wild Sign Patricia Briggs RF/PNR/UF - Alpha and Omega 6
The Fiends of Nightmaria Steven Erikson F - Malazan Book of the Fallen
Mortis John French SF/SO
American Gods (ri)
Neil Gaiman CF
Lakewood (h2tp) Megan Giddings
African American/CW
Bubblegum (h2tp)
Adam Levin LF/Dys/SF
Firefly - Life Signs James Lovegrove MTI/SF
Witness X SE Moorhead SF/Cr
The Memory Collectors (D) Kim Neville LF
Fabius Bile: Manflayer Josh Reynolds SF/GenEng - Fabius Bile 3
88 Names (h2tp)
Matt Ruff Sus
This Town Sleeps (h2tp) Dennis E. Staples MR/LF
Docile (h2tp) K.M. Szpara SF/HSF
Blue Mar Francesca G. Varela SF/AP/PA/SFR/SE/Disaster/CoA
A Pale Light in the Black (h2tp)
K. B. Wagers SF - NeoG 1
Body of Stars (D) Laura Maylene Walter LF/Feminist/Dys
Skyward Inn Aliya Whiteley SF
Creatures of Passage Morowa Yejidé LF/MR



March 18, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
What Abigail Did That Summer Ben Aaronovitch UF - Rivers of London Novella
Tales from the Folly Ben Aaronovitch UF/SS - Rivers of London



March 23, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Stand on Zanzibar (ri)
John Brunner SF/HSF/GenEng
The Fall of Koli M. R. Carey SF/AP/PA/Dys/LF - Rampart Trilogy 3
The Unbroken (D) C. L. Clark F - Magic of the Lost 1
The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida Clarissa Goenawan Psy/MR
Dark Lullaby (D - Adult)
Polly Ho-Yen SF/Th/Dys
The Other Emily Dean Koontz Sus/PsyTh/Th
Elsewhere (h2tp)
Dean Koontz TechTh/SF
The Two-Faced Queen Nick Martell F - The Legacy of the Mercenary King 2
Floodpath Emily B. Martin F - Outlaw Road 2
Brightfall Jaime Lee Moyer FairyT/FolkT/LM/HistF
Steal the Sky (ri)
Megan E. O'Keefe SF/SP/F - The Scorched Continent 1
Requiem Moon C. T. Rwizi F/CoA/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Scarlet Odyssey 2
The Ladies of the Secret Circus Constance Sayers HistF/CW/Occ/Sup/HistR
The Lost Village (D) Camilla Sten
Alexandra Fleming (Tr)
Sus/H
The Glass Magician (h2tp)
Caroline Stevermer HistF/RF
Plan for the Worst Jodi Taylor Hist/SF - Chronicles of St. Mary's 11
Hard Time Jodi Taylor SF/TT/HistF/F - The Time Police 2
Your Turn to Suffer Tim Waggoner H - Fiction Without Frontiers



March 24, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Masquerade Season: A Tor.com Original (e) 'Pemi Aguda F



March 30, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Weaveworld (ri)
Clive Barker DF
The Initiate (h2mm) James L. Cambias UF
Trial of the Wizard King Chad Corrie F/DF - The Wizard King Trilogy 2
Castaway Resolution Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF - Boundary 6
Gods & Monsters Myths & Tales: Epic Tales Liz Gloyn (Foreword) FairyT/FolkT/LM - Gothic Fantasy
On the Origin of Species and Other Stories Bo-Young Kim
Sunyoung Park (Ed)
SF/SS
Birds of Paradise Oliver K. Langmead CF/P/UF
A Broken Darkness Premee Mohamed Occ/Sup - Beneath the Rising 2
The First Omega (e) Megan E. O'Keefe Dys/SF
Starborn and Godsons (h2mm)
Jerry Pournelle SF - Heorot 3
Shadows Rising (h2mm)
Madeleine Roux F - World of Warcraft 3
The Last Emperox (h2mm)
John Scalzi SF/SO - Interdependency 3
Dooku: Jedi Lost (h2tp)
Cavan Scott SF/SO - Star Wars
The Bone Shard Daughter (h2tp) Andrea Stewart F - Drowning Empire 1
Blood of the Emperor Various SF/SO - A Primarchs Anthology
The Martian (ri)
Andy Weir SF/HSF/Sus
Network Effect (h2tp)
Martha WellsSF - The Murderbot Diaries 5



March 31, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Big Score K. J. Parker HistF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash-Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The 2020 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

The 2020 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the Final Ballot for the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards®. The winners will be announced at StokerCon2021 which is being held virtually from May 20th to 23rd.


 
The 2020 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

Superior Achievement in a Novel
  • Jones, Stephen Graham – The Only Good Indians (Gallery/Saga Press)
  • Katsu, Alma – The Deep (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • Keisling, Todd – Devil’s Creek (Silver Shamrock Publishing)
  • Malerman, Josh – Malorie (Del Rey)
  • Moreno-Garcia, Silvia – Mexican Gothic (Del Rey)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel
  • Hall, Polly – The Taxidermist’s Lover (CamCat Publishing, LLC)
  • Harrison, Rachel – The Return (Berkley)
  • Jeffery, Ross – Tome (The Writing Collective)
  • Knight, EV – The Fourth Whore (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  • Reed Petty, Kate – True Story (Viking)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel
  • Archer, Steven (author/artist) – The Masque of the Red Death (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  • Brody, Jennifer (author) and Rivera, Jules (artist) – Spectre Deep 6 (Turner)
  • Douek, Rich (author) and Cormack, Alex (artist) – Road of Bones (IDW Publishing)
  • Holder, Nancy (author), Di Francia, Chiara (artist), and Woo, Amelia (artist) – Mary Shelley Presents (Kymera Press)
  • Manzetti, Alessandro (author) and Cardoselli, Stefano (artist/author) – Her Life Matters: (Or Brooklyn Frankenstein) (Independent Legions Publishing)
  • Niles, Steve (author), Simeone, Salvatore (author), and Kudranski, Szymon (artist) – Lonesome Days, Savage Nights (TKO Studios)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
  • Cesare, Adam – Clown in a Cornfield (HarperTeen)
  • Kraus, Daniel – Bent Heavens (Henry Holt and Company/Macmillan)
  • Snyman, Monique – The Bone Carver (Vesuvian Books)
  • Thomas, Aiden – Cemetery Boys (Swoon Reads/Macmillan)
  • Waters, Erica – Ghost Wood Song (HarperTeen)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
  • Iglesias, Gabino – Beyond the Reef (Lullabies for Suffering: Tales of Addiction Horror) (Wicked Run Press)
  • Jones, Stephen Graham – Night of the Mannequins (Tor.com)
  • Kiste, Gwendolyn – The Invention of Ghosts (Nightscape Press)
  • Landry, Jess – I Will Find You, Even in the Dark (Dim Shores Presents Volume 1) (Dim Shores)
  • Pinsker, Sarah – Two Truths and a Lie (Tor.com)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
  • Arcuri, Meghan – “Am I Missing the Sunlight?” (Borderlands 7) (Borderlands Press)
  • Fawver, Kurt – “Introduction to the Horror Story, Day 1” (Nightmare Magazine Nov. 2020 (Issue 98)
  • Malerman, Josh – “One Last Transformation” (Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors) (Written Backwards)
  • O’Quinn, Cindy – “The Thing I Found Along a Dirt Patch Road” (Shotgun Honey Presents Volume 4: Recoil) (Down and Out Books)
  • Ward, Kyla Lee – “Should Fire Remember the Fuel?” (Oz is Burning) (B Cubed Press)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
  • Koja, Kathe – Velocities: Stories (Meerkat Press)
  • Langan, John – Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies (Word Horde)
  • Lillie, Patricia – The Cuckoo Girls (Trepidatio Publishing)
  • Murray, Lee – Grotesque: Monster Stories (Things in the Well)
  • Taborska, Anna – Bloody Britain (Shadow Publishing)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
  • Amaris, Scarlett and Stanley, Richard – Color Out of Space (SpectreVision)
  • Green, Misha – Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 1: “Sundown” (Affeme, Monkeypaw Productions, Bad Robot Productions, Warner Bros. Television Studios)
  • Green, Misha and Ofordire, Ihuoma – Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 8: “Jig-a-Bobo” (Affeme, Monkeypaw Productions, Bad Robot Productions, Warner Bros. Television Studios)
  • LaManna, Angela – The Haunting of Bly Manor, Season 1, Episode 5: “The Altar of the Dead” (Intrepid Pictures, Amblin Television, Paramount Television Studios)
  • Whannell, Leigh – The Invisible Man (Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Goalpost Pictures, Nervous Tick Productions)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
  • Manzetti, Alessandro – Whitechapel Rhapsody: Dark Poems (Independent Legions Publishing))
  • McHugh, Jessica – A Complex Accident of Life (Apokrupha)
  • Pelayo, Cynthia – Into the Forest and All the Way Through (Burial Day Books)
  • Sng, Christina – A Collection of Dreamscapes (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  • Tantlinger, Sara – Cradleland of Parasites (Rooster Republic Press)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology
  • Bailey, Michael and Murano, Doug – Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors (Written Backwards)
  • Murray, Lee and Flynn, Geneve – Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women (Omnium Gatherum Media)
  • Kolesnik, Samantha – Worst Laid Plans: An Anthology of Vacation Horror (Grindhouse Press)
  • Tantlinger, Sara – Not All Monsters: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women of Horror (Rooster Republic Press)
  • Yardley, Mercedes M. – Arterial Bloom (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
  • Florence, Kelly and Hafdahl, Meg – The Science of Women in Horror: The Special Effects, Stunts, and True Stories Behind Your Favorite Fright Films (Skyhorse)
  • Heller-Nicholas, Alexandra – 1000 Women in Horror (BearManor Media)
  • Keene, Brian – End of the Road (Cemetery Dance Publications)
  • Peirse, Alison – Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre (Rutgers University Press)
  • Waggoner, Tim – Writing in the Dark (Guide Dog Books/Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  • Wetmore, Jr. Kevin J. – The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Adaption (McFarland)

Superior Achievement in Short Non-Fiction
  • Jackson Joseph, Rhonda – “The Beloved Haunting of Hill House: An Examination of Monstrous Motherhood” (The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Adaptation) (McFarland)
  • Pelayo, Cynthia – “I Need to Believe” (Southwest Review Volume 105.3)
  • Robinson, Kelly – “Lost, Found, and Finally Unbound: The Strange History of the 1910 Edison Frankenstein” (Rue Morgue Magazine, June 2020)
  • Sng, Christina – “Final Girl: A Life in Horror” (Interstellar Flight Magazine, October 2020)
  • Waggoner, Tim – “Speaking of Horror” (The Writer)

The View From Monday - February 22, 2021

Happy last Monday in February 2021!

There are 2 debuts this week:

The City of Good Death by Priyanka Champaneri;

and

Glow by Tim Jordan.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Escaping Exodus: Symbiosis by Nicky Drayden;

The Girl and the Stars (Book of the Ice 1) by Mark Lawrence is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons: Stories be Keith Rosson;

Out Past the Stars (Farian War 3) by K. B. Wagers;

and

Alien: Into Charybdis by Alex White.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - February 22, 2021



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

February 22, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Future God of Love Dilman Dila F - Luna Novella 4



February 23, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Chill (h2tp)
Scott Carson SupTh
Ship of Destiny (tp2mm)
Frank Chadwick SF/SO
The City of Good Death (D) Priyanka Champaneri F/FL
Sea Loves Me: Selected Stories Mia Couto LF/SS/MR - Biblioasis International Translation Series
The Bone Fire György Dragomán Ottilie Mulzet (Tr)
Gothic
Escaping Exodus: Symbiosis Nicky Drayden SF/SO
The Upstairs House Julia Fine LF
Shadow Fall Alexander Freed SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron 2
Wicked All Night Jeaniene Frost PNR - A Night Rebel Novel 3
Master of the Revels: A Return to Neal Stephenson's D.O.D.O. Nicole Galland SF/TT
Good & Evil Eric Giacometti
Jacques Ravenne
Occ/Sup/Hist - Black Sun Trilogy 2
The Four Symbols Éric Giacometti
Jacques Ravenne
Occ/Sup/Hist - Black Sun Trilogy 1
Crimson Phoenix John Gilstrap Th - A Victoria Emerson Thriller 1
Skin for Skin Terry Grimwood F - Luna Novella 5
The Russian Cage Charlaine Harris DF - Gunnie Rose 3
Ghost Ups Her Game (h2tp)
Carolyn Hart PCM - Bailey Ruth Raeburn 9
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (ri)
Shirley Jackson LF/H/Gothic
Glow (D) Tim Jordan SF/AP/PA
The Deep (h2tp)
Alma Katsu H/Hist/Th
Sword of Fire (h2mm)
Katharine Kerr F/DF - The Justice War 1
The Undying Monster (ri)
Jessie Douglas Kerruish H - Essential Gothic, SF & Dark Fantasy
Otaku (h2tp) Chris Kluwe SF
The Eleventh Gate (tp2mm)
Nancy Kress SF
The Girl and the Stars (h2mm)
Mark Lawrence F/DF - Book of the Ice 1
The First Sister (h2tp) Linden A. Lewis SF/SO - The First Sister Trilogy 1
Calculated Risks Seanan McGuire UF/P/HU - InCryptid 10
Kingdom of Shadow and Light Karen Marie Moning PNR -  Fever 11
Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters Aimee Ogden F/SO
Inviting Interruptions: Wonder Tales in the Twenty-First Century Cristina Baccilega (Ed) Jennifer Orme (Ed) LC/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Series in Fairy-Tale Studies
Forced Perspectives (h2mm)
Tim Powers F
Flowers of Darkness Tatiana de Rosnay FL/CL/Sus/Dys
Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons: Stories Keith Rosson SS/F
A Cat on the Case Clea Simon PCM - Witch Cats of Cambridge 3
Plan for the Worst Jodi Taylor SF - Chronicles of St. Mary's 11
Hard Time Jodi Taylor SF/TT/HistF/F - Time Police 2
Long Story Short: A Short Story Collection Jodi Taylor SF/SS - Chronicles of St. Mary's
The Hollow Ones (ri)
Guillermo del Toro
Chuck Hogan
SupTh/Sus/GH/Gothic
Transgressions of Power Juliette Wade SF/AP/PA - The Broken Trust 2
Out Past the Stars K. B. Wagers SF/SO/AC/SE - Farian War 3
The Jackal (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp 1
Alien: Into Charybdis Alex White SF/SC/MTI
The Loosening Skin Aliya Whiteley SupTh/H
The Swimmers Marian Womack Dys/SF/AP/PA



February 24, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Clockwork Sister M E Rodman F - Luna Novella 6



February 25, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Ecocollapse Fiction and Cultures of Human Extinction Sarah E. McFarland
LC/Sci - Environmental Cultures



February 26, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Shelter for the Damned Mike Thorn H



February 28, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Best of Elizabeth Hand Elizabeth Hand F - Collection
The Best of Walter Jon Williams Walter Jon Williams SF - Anthology



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash-Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

2021 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2021 Debuts



Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the beginning of 2022 the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2021 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on March 10th, 2021, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

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Cover design and illustration by Adam Auerbach

Time Before Time, Time Travel SF Series, Launches In May

Time Before Time, Time Travel SF Series, Launches In May

TIME BEFORE TIME—A HIGH STAKES TIME TRAVEL SCIENCE FICTION SERIES SET TO LAUNCH THIS MAY


PORTLAND, Ore. 02/19/2021 — From the bestselling writer/artist Declan Shalvey Time Before Time, Time Travel SF Series, Launches In May(Bog Bodies) and Write It In Blood team Rory McConville and Joe Palmer comes an all new science fiction story in Time Before Time. This ongoing time travel series will launch from Image Comics this May.

Best described as Criminal meets Back to the Future and Looper, this high octane, extra-length debut issue will feature an alternate cover by artist John Paul Leon. 

"I loved what this team did on Write It In Blood so I'm really excited to take that crew and work on something more ambitious," said Shalvey in an exclusive scoop on the announcement at IGN. "This is a book with miles of potential, brilliantly realized by Joe Palmer and Chris O'Halloran. Their work to me, looks like the baby of Aeon Flux and Hellboy. I think readers will enjoy the gorgeous pages, but also the core story that follows Tatsuo into a more and more complicated set of troubles. With Time Before Time, Rory and myself get to write a crime drama that's injected with even more dramatic twists and the compelling visuals that sci-fi provides."

In Time Before Time, it’s the year 2140, and to escape a world with no future, many turn to the Syndicate, a criminal organization who, for the right price, will smuggle you back in time to a better life. After working for the Syndicate for years, Tatsuo and Oscar decide to steal one of their boss’s time machines—but soon find that the one thing you can’t run from is your past.

McConville told IGN: "It’s been great to reunite with the Write It In Blood team, as well as collaborating with Declan, whose work I’ve been a huge fan of for years. Time travel stories are my favourite type of sci-fi and getting to write one with so many twists and turns is incredibly thrilling. Joe and Chris continue to be a fantastic combo and I can’t wait for people to see some of the eye-popping pages they’ve been working on."

"In Time Before Time, Declan and Rory have written a time hopping adventure in which the past can’t be altered, so the emotional stakes are always high," said Palmer. "The whole team has put a lot of love into this book, and I’m really excited for readers to be able to get their hands on it. Buckle up, because this wild ride goes all over the place."

Time Before Time #1 Cover A by Shalvey (Diamond Code MAR210037) and Time Before Time #1 Cover B by John Paul Leon (Diamond Code MAR210038)will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 12.

Time Before Time #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Early praise for Time Before Time

"Achingly good. This book crackles with the unique energy of a creative team that knows exactly what it's trying to do, and pulls it off with exhilarating levels of skill. Time-traveling criminals fighting gang wars across millennia, done in the smartest possible way. Love it." —Charles Soule, Undiscovered Country, Curse Words

“The most fun, inventive, razor sharp crime adventure I’ve read in years. Jump in and hang on, it doesn’t get better than this.” —Darcy Van Poelgeest, Little Bird, forthcoming Precious Metal

"A unique, high-concept mash-up of time travel and crime story, with beautiful craftsmanship from the entire creative team. If you love comics like Criminal and movies like Looper, run don't walk to your local comic shop to grab this book!" —Robbie Thompson, Meet The Skrulls, Suicide Squad

“Right up there with Looper, Primer and 12 Monkeys—whip smart, engaging and timeless.” —Kyle Higgins, Radiant Black, Ultraman

"A time travelling crime thriller with an endearing protagonist caught in machinations bigger than himself. Declan, Rory and Joe have crafted a timeless crime story set across all of time and told with style and panache!" —Ram V, Swamp Thing, Blue In Green

“Shreds the tropes of time travel down to the raw bone and gives you a lean and mean corkscrew tale of hardbitten survival through centuries, where years act like stash houses and the future and past bleed together into a harrowing present that marches ever forward, forever unforgiving.” —Christopher CantwellIron Man, Halt and Catch Fire

ABOUT IMAGE COMICSImage Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
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