• At Baen: [via Free Speculative Fiction Online]
"The Woman Who Fooled Death Five Times" by Eleanor Arnason. Fantasy.
"When the Goddess built the world, she worked like a good cook making a meal, tasting as she went along. She tasted the fruit to make sure it was sweet and the bitter herbs to make sure they were bitter. She tried other things as well: rocks, clay, water, bugs, fish, birds, and animals with fur. Cooked or raw, everything went onto her tongue."
"Great-Grandmother in the Cellar" by Peter S. Beagle.
"I thought he had killed her. Old people forget things, I know that—my father can’t ever remember where he set down his pen a minute ago—but if I forget, at the end of my life, every other thing that ever happened to me, I will still be clutched by the moment when I gazed down at my beautiful, beautiful, sweet-natured idiot sister and heard the whining laughter of Borbos, the witch-boy she loved, pattering in my head. I knew he had killed her."
"The Callers" by Ramsey Campbell. Horror.
"'You’d better have a key, then.' His grandfather rummages among the contents of a drawer of the shaky sideboard—documents in ragged envelopes, rubber bands so desiccated they snap when he takes hold of them, a balding reel of cotton, a crumpled folder stuffed with photographs—and hauls out a key on a frayed noose of string. 'Keep hold of that for next time you come,' he says."
"Little America" by Dan Chaon. Horror.
"First of all, here are the highways of America. Here are the states in sky blue, pink, pale green, with black lines running across them. Peter has a children’s version of the map, which he follows as they drive. He places an X by the names of towns they pass by, though most of the ones on his old map aren’t there anymore. He sits, staring at the little cartoons of each state’s products and services. Corn. Oil wells. Cattle. Skiers."
- At 365 Tomorrows: "Two Graves" by Jae Miles. Science Fiction.
- At 365 Tomorrows: "Three Blind Mice" by Bob Newbell. Science Fiction.
• At Amazon: Dominant Species: Natural Selection by David Coy. Science Fiction. [via Pixel-of-Ink]
At Amazon: [via Freebook Sifter]
- The Thousand Year Curse (The Curse Books) by Taylor Lavati. Older YA Fantasy.
- The Catastrophe of the Emerald Queen by Lance Manley. YA Fantasy.
- Hargood and The End by Kevan P. Chandler. Apocalyptic.
- Dark Lady (The Wine of the Gods) by Pam Uphoff. Fantasy.
- Set a Course for Chaos (The Seventh of the Seventh) by James E. Fleeger. Science Fiction.
- Hargood and The End by Kevan P. Chandler. Zombies.
- Stealer of Flesh by William King. Fantasy.
- The Testing by Jonathan Moeller. Fantasy.
- Somewhere My Lass by Beth Trissel. Time Travel Romance.
- The Sound and the Echoes by Dew Pellucid. YA Fantasy.
- Drifting Away by Stefano Costantini. Science Fiction. Mars.
- Theta by Sasya Fox. Science Fiction. Space Opera.
- They Came With The Storm by T. Anwar Clark. Science Fiction.
- The Fright Factory by William R. Potter. Horror.
- Naming the Bane by Kal S. Davian. Dark Fantasy.
- Prospero's Mirror by A.N. Donaldson. Horror.
- Johnson Junction by J. W. DeBrock. Horror.
- Darkest Legacy by Allyson Gottlieb. Fantasy.
- Land of the Dragons by Ryan Orr. YA Fantasy.
- Salt by Amy K Marshall. Fantasy.
- "The River Boy" by Florence Witkop. YA Fantasy.
- "Unbalanced Party: Fool Me Cockatrice" by Lee Newman. Fantasy.
- "Closer Than Kin" by Melody Hewson. Fantasy.
- "The Necromancer's Deception" by Foster Haskell. Fantasy.
- The Rise of the Fire Moon by Aoife Fallon. Fantasy. 143k words.
- "The Queen of January" by James Hampton. Paranormal.
- "The Lions of Inganok" by Kevin L. O'Brien. Fantasy.
- "Lyssia" by David Hoffman. Fantasy.
- "Demon Beat" by William Reid. Fantasy.
- "Hoosac Horror" by J Joseph Michaels. Horror. Ghost.
- "The Light Bridge" by William J Benning. Science Fiction. Space opera.
- "Lark-Ellen, a short story" by Stan Smith.