Last year, SFG Publishing, the publishing label of the Indianapolis based Speculative Fiction Guild, released its first-ever holiday anthology with all proceeds benefiting Indy Reads, a not-for-profit organization that provides tutoring to illiterate and semi-literate adults.
Gifts of the Magi: a Speculative Holiday Collection gathers original fiction assembled by editors and SFG members John F. Allen, E. Chris Garrison and R.J. Sullivan.
In most cases, these stories are set within an author’s series universe. Readers of fan favorite series can return to familiar settings and characters, such as the Coyote Series by Chantal Noordeloos and the Clockwork Republics tales by Katina French. NYT and USA Today Bestseller Debra Holland also revisited the fantasy world of her Gods’ Dream Trilogy, and the anthology editors have each contributed a new story from their ongoing series.
Stories for Christmas– authors for the New Year!
Find within this magical tome 14 NEW original holiday-themed stories of fantasy, horror and science fiction by a talented group of authors–plus one holiday essay. The tales from our Magi vary from the light and satirical to the dark and serious, and we’ve shuffled the deck to keep you guessing.
- In “Unraveled” by A.D. Roland, a time guardian may have to choose between preserving reality or destroying the man she loves.
- In “Freezy the Snow Demon” by Scott M. Sandridge, a snowman comes to life, but he’s not a happy soul.
- In “How Krampus Saved Christmas” by S.H. Roddey, Santa makes a terrible bargain in order to save Christmas.
- On Christmas Eve, a furious fairy princess attacks a double-decker bus in E. Chris Garrison‘s “Christmas Special”.
- Two secret agents attend an exclusive Christmas party with an unusual price of admission in “A Quantum of Solstice” by J.P. Bastin.
- In “The Dead of Night” by David Jobe, soldiers in the midst of the zombie apocalypse try to find the Christmas spirit.
- A boy and his father confront an alien creature on…”The Longest Night” by Matthew Barron.
- In “An Ivory Christmas” by John F. Allen, a mercenary packing magical pistols battles a monster while Christmas shopping for her werewolf boyfriend.
- Steampunk detectives find themselves fending off Christmas “elves” in “The Curious Case of the Cobbler’s Christmas” by Katina French.
- Humans exiled to an alternate world blend alien and human holiday traditions in “A Season of Renewal” by Debra Holland.
- A banished prince with a magic chicken finds a nearly drowned soldier–so says the storyteller in “The Warmth of Midwinter” by Marian Allen.
- In “An Outlandish Christmas” by Chantal Noordeloos, bounty hunter Coyote searches for a rogue elf.
- A traumatized punk girl confronts the spirits from the worst night of her life in “Blue Christmas” by R.J. Sullivan.
- In a dystopian future, Christmas is outlawed, as told in “This Thing Called Christmas” by Herika R. Raymer.
- …And Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author Nicole Cushing reveals the holiday specials that she feels deserve “Lumps of Coal.”
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Indy Reads is a not-for-profit organization that relies on volunteers to provide basic literacy tutoring to illiterate and semi-literate adults. . “Our mission is to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana. We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to learn to read, and our goal is to make Indianapolis 100% literate. Our programs include one-on-one tutoring, small group sessions, English as a Second Language instruction, and ‘Literacy Labs’ at neighborhood centers.” Indy Reads operates a bookstore in downtown Indianapolis. Learn more at www.Indyreadsbooks.org .