Do you remember my story "Spores," from the anthology The End is Nigh? If you don't, you should totally pick it up. It's a book chock full of stories of the impending apocalypse, edited by my beloved John Joseph Adams and his new partner in crime, Hugh Howey, and I am super proud of it. But I'm even prouder of the sequel, "Fruiting Bodies," which appears in the new anthology The End is Now. The apocalypse has come, and everything is awful. Beautifully, wonderfully awful.
Seriously, though, this is a pair of beautifully curated anthologies, full of authors who are having a fantastic time bringing the world to a crashing halt. There's one more to come, documenting the aftermath of the apocalypse, and the way to get ready for its glorious awfulness is to read what came before. Starting now.
Keeping up with the non-mammalian theme, I present "Lady Antheia's Guide to Horticultural Warfare," my story of steampunk, aliens, and the importance of manners. It appears in the anthology Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, and I absolutely adore it. I am so, so happy that it's finally available for you to read and enjoy. Lady Antheia is one of my favorite point of view characters, and she was ridiculously fun to write. I hope you'll have just as much fun reading about her.
Two anthologies! Two fun disasters! Pick up one or both, and feel free to let me know what you think!