Horror for the Throne: One-Sitting Reads

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Title: Horror for the Throne: One-Sitting Reads
Published by: Fantastic Books
Release Date: July 12, 2021
Contributors: E.C. Ambrose, Colleen Anderson, Kevin David Anderson, Diane Arrelle, Stewart C. Baker, T.L. Barrett, James Blakey, Bruce Boston, Michael Bracken, Tiffany Michelle Brown, Elliot Capon, Jeff C. Carter, Gregg Chamberlain, Brenda Clough, Ian Creasey, Steve Dillon, Stephanie Ellis, Kevin M. Folliard, Eric J. Guignard, Liam Hogan, Emma Johnson-Rivard, Randee Dawn, Daniel M. Kimmel, Chris Kuriata, Geoffrey A. Landis, Sharon Lee, Gordon Linzner, Nicola Lombardi, Linda Silverman McMullen, Gregory Nicoll, Brian Rappatta, Gary L. Robbs, Chuck Rothman, Steve Rasnic Tem, Mark Towse, Mary A. Turzillo, Douglas A. Van Belle, Marie Vibbert, Dawn Vogel, and Marcia Wilson.
Pages: 176
ISBN13: 978-1-5154-2410-3

 Delayed for a year due to the pandemic (which is itself a horror), Fantastic Books is now terrified to announce the impending publication of Horror for the Throne: One-Sitting Reads, the third in our highly successful series of anthologies of very short stories. Being released on July 15, (beware the Ides of July), Horror for the Throne once again invites readers to sit down and take notice.

Editors Tom Easton and Judith K. Dial are joined this time by Mythopoeic Award-winner James D. Macdonald, presenting forty short stories guaranteed to scare… it right out of you.

Amazing Stories said the first volume (Science Fiction for the Throne) is "not a book to try and read in one sitting (as I largely did). It is what I sometimes refer to as 'a dipping book:' for maximum effect, you should read a story or two here, a story or two there, a story or two somewhere else." Hugo-winner Allen Steele said "For the bathroom, for the bedroom, for the bus to work, for that chair in the department store where bored spouses sit while their wives or husbands try on new clothes… this is a perfect way to entertain yourself during idle moments in a way that won’t rot your mind. Read this and have fun."

Asimov’s Science Fiction said the second volume, Fantasy for the Throne, is "a fun collection, exactly right for those moments when you have just a few minutes to read." While Analog Science Fiction and Fact called it "a little gem. Or rather, here are 40 little gems by as many authors, all packaged in one sweet volume."

Get your blood pumping with forty bite-sized doses of horror fiction. Horror for the Throne is the third in an ongoing series of One-Sitting Reads. Don't say we didn't warn you.

"Cat Person" made award-winning editor Ellen Datlow's long list of Best Horror of 2022.

From "Cat Person," by Randee Dawn


Sighing, the woman in the blue dress turned off her phone and tucked it into a pocket. It was so difficult to find women's clothing made with places to tuck things away. Pockets were outré, possibly dangerous. Who knew what women might secret away in them?

The hidden things of women always bedeviled men.

Phone stowed, she pressed down on her hair and slid over a few inches more. The daisies on the hem of her blue dress now touched the hairy-legged man's cargo shorts.

"Hello there," she announced. "I'm Cleo."

He barely glanced up. "Uh."

"Your kitten –"

"Not mine," he growled. "Girlfriend's. I'm cat-sittin' this weekend."

"Mew," issued from the floor.

"Well, it's making a great deal of racket," she said.

He shrugged.

"I'm very good with animals. Would you mind if I held it?"