I recently had the chance to contribute a story to a wonderful little project called, The Gruff Variations, edited by my friend and Nebula award winner Eric James Stone. Here’s the official anthology release blurb from the Amazon web site:
The proceeds from this book go toward buying books and school supplies for underprivileged children through Writing for Charity (www.writingforcharity.com).
The stories and poetry in this anthology were all inspired by the legend of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. But you won’t just find goats and trolls in here. You’ll also find xenoarchaeologists hunting a legendary burial ground, a harried troll who wants nothing more than peace and quiet, star-traveling cities in search of resources, a cloaked warrior of prophecy, an honest politician, princesses on vacation, interstellar probes, superheroes (and villains), cursed princes, necromancers, fairies, bikers, aliens, violinists… the list goes on.
Contributors to this anthology include New York Times best-selling author Shannon Hale, award-winning children’s picture book author Rick Walton, Hugo Award winner (and Nebula Award nominee) Mary Robinette Kowal, Edgar Award finalist Dene Low, Nebula and Hugo Award nominees Brad R. Torgersen and Nancy Fulda, and many other authors such as Dan Wells, Kristen Landon, Lisa Mangum, Kristyn Crow, Clint Johnson, and Dean Hale.
My particular story is a noir-esq gumshoe mystery with fairy tale flavoring, entitled, “Sheep Dog.”