High in the desert, between the mountains out west, up where the ground throbs from the nuclear test detonations, the casinos still glitter, drawing people from the far reaches of the world. They come here to try their luck, to take a chance, to have the adventures they wouldn't write home about.
In this other-world, the desert offers one last hope for the penniless, the luckless, the loveless, and the hopeless. A pawnshop dealing in wonders, where everything is for sale: a chance to get off the street, a few extra days with a dying lover, an afternoon in the sun, a home to call your own, the perfect wedding, or the chance to become a master magician, or a giraffe for your Sunday morning. But beware of the Master, and price he demands.
Perda and Sasha shared a vision as grand as life itself—a vision lacking only in a grand, validating experiment. Their pilgrimage to Mother's world gave them that experiment. The chance to build a new life on Mother's words of compassion and vision, of power and promise. A truly peaceful world of sharing and nurture, without competition and depredation and warfare.
And what more could you ask at seventeen than to step through the magical fire with your sweetheart and be transported into a new world free of violence and cruelty?
Devotion binds them together. Faith protects their sacred space. Fire seals their bonds and defends their world. But when one mother's love brings sin into their midst, it is not only the heretics who suffer; in the face of corruption, the faithful may also be burned.More info →
From the Greater London chapter of the Committee to Restrict the Accidental Population:
A comprehensive guide for Her Majesty's subjects on dealing with the social problems and legal issues created by the so-called "accidental population." If you are finding your world complicated by vampires, resurrectionists, or the undead, this pamphlet will give you the vital information you need to survive awkward situations with your life and social standing intact, and in the process restore the dignity of the Empire.More info →
As the earth drowns beneath an apocalyptic deluge, recently widowed Irene vows to spend the end of the world with a little bit of heaven: Dancing away her last night on Earth to the sounds of the best band in the world in a club just up the road where all is not what it seems...More info →
Thirty-five years ago, the local bag lady found ten children abandoned in a pit of quicksand by mile-marker thirty-five. Sacrificed to protect the reputation of the all-powerful Chiswick family, their survival remains a well-guarded secret. Now, as The Society of Miserable Bastards, they have plans for the family that abandoned them...More info →
Young men make rash choices. At nineteen years old, with no money, no food, and no hope, one man's choices start making themselves. As winter sets in and time runs out, he needs salvation anywhere he can find it--in a brothel, a dumpster, a gun, or maybe in a creepy old pawn shop in a broken down city at the edge of nowhere.More info →
When five-year-old Aldo wakes up his father at 3AM on Sunday and demands a giraffe, his father takes him on a giraffe-hunting safari.
Because when Aldo doesn't get his way, bad things happen.
But Aldo's father might reconsider if he knew the source of Aldo's power: A talking rat with its own designs on a toy giraffe, which can only be found in a dusty display case at a creepy little pawnshop way out on the edge of nowhere.More info →
Stephen got stoned so he could deal with the chemo, but it's his husband who really needs the drugs. After all, watching your partner of twenty years die of cancer can leave you courting bankruptcy, your life in ruins. It can drive you to steal, or cheat, or look for hope in a can of chicken-noodle soup you bought from the demonic pawnbroker at a creepy old hock shop at the edge of nowhere.More info →