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Boondocks Fantasy

From vampires within the Appalachians and leprechauns within the Smokies to mermaids within the Mississippi and bloodthirsty trolls in an Alabama trailer park the South makes a different atmosphere for the 20 tales during this anthology of redneck vampires, werewolves, wizards, elves, and different creatures.

Featuring unique tales by means of Gene Wolfe, Timothy Zahn, Chris Pierson, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Steven Savile, Elizabeth A. Vaughan, Jay Lake, Anton Strout, and lots of extra.

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In it, Gold shows us the wisdom of a simple rule: Never pick a fight until you know exactly who it is you’re fighting with . . * * * * Greenberg did not deserve his surroundings. He was the first fisherman of the season, which guaranteed him a fine catch; he sat in a dry boat—one without a single leak—far out on a lake that was ruffled only enough to agitate his artificial fly. The sun was warm, the air was cool; he sat comfortably on a cushion; he had brought a hearty lunch; and two bottles of beer hung over the stern in the cold water.

He recoiled at the sound of her voice, which, to him, roared out like a siren. “Quiet, Rosie! ” And for further emphasis, he shoved his lips out against a warning finger. He heard his wife striding heavily around the kitchen. ” “I can’t papa,” she stated firmly. ” He flinched when he heard her gasp in the bathroom; but, when she came out with soaked shoes, he fled downstairs. He wandered aimlessly toward the village. Now he was in for it, he thought; screams from Esther, tears from Rosie—plus a new pair of shoes for Rosie and two and a half dollars.

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