An eclectic collection of speculative short stories by Anne Charnock (2013 Philip K. Dick Award finalist), Jodi McIsaac (“A Cure for Madness,” the Thin Veil series), Kate Maruyama (“Harrowgate”), Roberta Trahan (The Dream Stewards epic fantasy series), J.D. Horn (“Shivaree,” the Witching Savannah series), and award-winning poet Jason Kirk.
“Undercurrents” – A young woman discovers her migraines are a symptom of something more sinister than what a good lie-down in a dark room can cure.
“Pro Patria Mori” – An Irish soldier encounters fairies who offer magical aid, but will that magic help save those he holds dearest?
“Akiko” – A curse laid in Japan finds its mark in the City of Angels.
“The Adoption” – In a new age of sexual equality and reproductive freedom, bio-engineered foetuses are gestated in artificial wombs. But what becomes of tomorrow’s orphans?
“Pitch” – A goat-faced boy sets out with a rifle to kill his father, the Devil, in 1950s rural Georgia.
“The Guardian from the Sea” – A wheelchair-bound mermaid finds love in an adult-video store, and barely escapes to regret it.
I am a huge fan of science fiction, and fantasy, and this book of short stories, and a poem, did not let me down. I was enthralled from start to finish.
Each of the five short stories in Phantasma are well written and follow along with the theme of the book. The poem is beautifully written, bordering on the erotic. They are all terrifying, in their own unique ways. I thoroughly enjoyed them all.
If you are a fan of science fiction/fantasy/thrillers, Phantasma is a must read book.
I received a complimentary advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. I can honestly say that I loved it!