Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness

Mike Allen et al.

The second volume in the ground-breaking, boundary-pushing CLOCKWORK PHOENIX anthology series, newly available in digital format includes Nebula finalist “Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela” by Saladin Ahmed, Shirley Jackson Award finalist “each thing i show you is a piece of my death” by Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer, and thirteen other genre-bending tales.

* “Allen finds his groove for this second annual anthology of weird stories, selecting 16 wonderfully evocative, well-written tales. … Each story fits neatly alongside the next, and the diversity of topics, perspectives and authors makes this cosmopolitan anthology a winner.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Includes critically-acclaimed and award-nominated stories by Claude Lalumière, Leah Bobet, Marie Brennan, Ian McHugh, Ann Leckie, Mary Robinette Kowal, Saladin Ahmed, Tanith Lee, Joanna Galbraith, Catherynne M. Valente, Forrest Aguirre, Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer, Kelly Barnhill, Barbara Krasnoff and Steve Rasnic Tem.

“15 original tales by some of fantasy’s most imaginative voices … each chosen for their unique perspective and stylistic grace.”
Library Journal

With a whimsical introduction and new afterword by Nebula Award-nominated editor Mike Allen.

“Sixteen unique voices that manage nevertheless to harmonize into a sort of choir of the uncanny singing in the key of beauty and strangeness … Mike Allen has conducted it masterfully. I highly recommend it, and look forward with great anticipation to CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 3.”
— SF Site


Three Friends • Claude Lalumière
Six • Leah Bobet
Once a Goddess • Marie Brennan
Angel Dust • Ian McHugh
The Endangered Camp • Ann Leckie
At the Edge of Dying • Mary Robinette Kowal
Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela • Saladin Ahmed
The Pain of Glass: A Tale of the Flat Earth • Tanith Lee
The Fish of Al-Kawthar’s Fountain • Joanna Galbraith
The Secret History of Mirrors • Catherynne M. Valente
Never nor Ever • Forrest Aguirre
each thing i show you is a piece of my death • Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer
Open the Door and the Light Pours Through • Kelly Barnhill
Rosemary, That’s For Remembrance • Barbara Krasnoff
When We Moved On • Steve Rasnic Tem

2 Responses to “Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness”

  1. malrubius says:

    I really enjoyed this. I only abandoned one story in the whole anthology (I won’t say which one). The story by Ian McHugh blew me away. Top-notch speculative fiction. Beautiful writing. And I’m glad I could buy it here at Weightless.

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