The Fires Beneath the Sea


    Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011
    Selected for the ABC Best Books for Children Catalog

    Cara’s mother has disappeared. Her father isn’t talking about it. Her big brother Max is hiding behind his iPod, and her genius little brother Jackson is busy studying the creatures he collects from the beach. But when a watery specter begins to haunt the family’s Cape Cod home, Cara and her brothers realize that their scientist mother may not be who they thought she was—and that the world has much stranger, much older inhabitants than they had imagined.

    With help from Cara’s best friend Hayley, the three embark on a quest that will lead them from the Cape’s hidden, ancient places to a shipwreck at the bottom of the sea. They’re soon on the front lines of an ancient battle between good and evil, with the terrifying “pouring man” close on their heels.

    Packed with memorable characters and thrilling imagery, Lydia Millet weaves a page-turning adventure even as she brings the seaside world of Cape Cod to magical life. The first in a series of books about the Sykes children, The Fires Beneath the Sea is that will make perfect beach reading for readers of any age.

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    The Shimmers in the Night
    The Bodies of the Ancients


    * “Millet’s prose is lyrically evocative (“the rhythmic scoop and splash of their paddles”). A lush and intelligent opener for a topical eco-fantasy series.”
    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    “In her first novel for children, Millet introduces readers to 13-year-old Cara; her brilliant 10-year-old brother, Jackson; her popular 16-year-old brother, Max; and her history professor father, who live on Cape Cod. Her mother, a well-known marine biologist, disappeared a few months earlier. The family is grieving yet still hopeful for her return. While swimming in the ocean, Cara meets a sea otter that mysteriously communicates with her, giving her the following message: “Take care of them for me.” Cara is both frightened and thrilled as she is sure this animal is somehow linked to her mother. In subsequent chapters, there is an increase in odd happenings and terrifying encounters with the Pouring Man, a deadly creature that takes different forms, including becoming the children’s doubles to gain entry into their house, and is seemingly intent on destroying Cara’s family. An intriguing mix of everyday activities and the otherworldly, The Fires Beneath the Sea pulls readers in. Cara is a likable character who has been put in the uncomfortable position of trying to save her family and help her mother with a mission way beyond the ability of most tweens. Her bravery and fierce love will cause readers to long for her to succeed. A well-done beginning, with some riveting moments and frightening escapes, to what should prove to be a popular series.”
    School Library Journal

    “A thoughtful and thought-provoking beginning to a new fantasy series. The Cape Cod woods, wildlife, and beaches are depicted with loving detail, and the dark forces arrayed against the young protagonists are at once tantalizingly mystifying and alarmingly timely.”
    —Patricia McKillip

    “Lydia Millet knows the sea like a selkie. The Fires Beneath the Sea smells of salt and tastes of mist, and that beauty speaks as strongly as its story of peril and hope for the future of our fragile world.”
    —Kathe Koja, author of Talk

    About the Author

    Lydia Millet is the author of six previous novels, including My Happy Life, which won the 2003 PEN-USA Award for Fiction, and Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, which was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Her short story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

    The Shimmers in the Night


    This might be the worst weekend of Cara’s life. Her mother is still missing and her brother Jax is off at “smart kid boot camp” in Boston. When he texts Cara asking to be rescued, she and her two best friends, Hayley and Jaye, go into action. The so-called boot camp is actually a front for Cara’s mother’s organization, which is fighting a force which brooks no dissent against its wish to make the planet over in its own image—to “clean it up,” leaving no space for anything else, animal, insect, or human.

    And human doesn’t really mean what everyone thinks it does. . . .

    The three girls have to escape a new elemental threat, “Burners,” and learn about the enemy’s horrifying plan to “hollow out” people and use them as weapons.

    Tension ratchets up as Cara and her friends learn more about the threat their mother is fighting, about how unusual Cara’s mother really is, about how some of the people they’ve known all their lives might be their enemies, about what it means to be human, and most strange and wonderful of all, about the mysterious band of rebels they have suddenly joined.

    The Shimmers in the Night is the second  thrilling novel in the Dissenters series following The Fires Beneath the Sea (paperback).

    A Junior Library Guild Selection.

    Lydia Millet is the author of many novels, including My Happy Life (PEN-USA Award winner), Oh Pure and Radiant Heart (shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award), and Ghost Lights. Her short story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She works at an endangered-species protection group and has just been named a Guggenheim fellow. The Shimmers in the Night is the second book in the Dissenters series. The first book, The Fires Beneath the Sea has just come out in paperback. She is presently at work on the third.

    Cover by Sharon McGill.
    Author photo by Ivory Orchid Photography.

    The Bodies of the Ancients


    January 10, 2017

    The Sykes family is faced with revelations from without and within. Whatever happens: nothing will ever be the same again.

    The Final Dissenters Novel

    How well do you know your family? In the third and final installment in the thrilling Dissenters series, the Sykes family are hoping to enjoy a normal Cape Cod summer. But there are strong and surprising forces lined up against them and there will be unexpected revelations and the highest price will have to be paid.

    Cara and her two brothers are hoping life will be a bit calmer now that their mother has come home. No such luck.

    Praise for Lydia Millet’s Dissenters Series:

    “Millet’s prose is lyrically evocative (“the rhythmic scoop and splash of their paddles”). A lush and intelligent opener for a topical eco-fantasy series.”
    Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

    “A thoughtful and thought-provoking beginning to a new fantasy series. The Cape Cod woods, wildlife, and beaches are depicted with loving detail, and the dark forces arrayed against the young protagonists are at once tantalizingly mystifying and alarmingly timely.”
    — Patricia McKillip

    “Lydia Millet knows the sea like a selkie. The Fires Beneath the Sea smells of salt and tastes of mist, and that beauty speaks as strongly as its story of peril and hope for the future of our fragile world.”
    — Kathe Koja (author of Talk)

    “Readers will want to leave the lights on well after finishing this book as the detail depicted will create similarities in your mind to Clive Barker’s Abarat books. Readers will likely want Cara on their team as they jump, like Alice down the rabbit hole, through the guide book that turns into a window through another world.” — VOYA

    The first two books in the series were both selected by the Junior Literary Guild.

    Book 1: The Fires Beneath the Sea

    Book 2: The Shimmers in the Night

    Cover by Sharon McGill.

    About the Author

    Lydia Millet is the author of many novels for adult readers, including My Happy Life, which won the PEN-USA Award for Fiction in 2003, and Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, about the scientists who designed the first atomic bomb, which was shortlisted for the UK’s Arthur C. Clarke Prize. She has also written three books for children in her Dissenters series. She has taught at Columbia University and the University of Arizona and now works as a writer and editor at an endangered-species protection group called the Center for Biological Diversity.

    Eternal Frankenstein


    Two hundred years ago, a young woman staying in a chalet in Switzerland, after an evening of ghost stories shared with friends and lovers, had a frightening dream. That dream became the seed that inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, a tale of galvanism, philosophy, and the re-animated dead. Today, Frankenstein has become a modern myth without rival, influencing countless works of fiction, music, and film. We all know Frankenstein. But how much do we really know about Frankenstein?

    Word Horde is proud to publish Eternal Frankenstein, an anthology edited by Ross E. Lockhart, paying tribute to Mary Shelley, her Monster, and their entwined legacy.

    Featuring sixteen resurrecting tales of terror and wonder by Siobhan Carroll, Nathan Carson, Autumn Christian, Rios de la Luz, Kristi DeMeester, G. D. Falksen, Orrin Grey, Michael Griffin, Scott R. Jones, Anya Martin, Edward Morris, Amber-Rose Reed, Betty Rocksteady, Tiffany Scandal, David Templeton, and Damien Angelica Walters

    Heiresses of Russ 2012: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction


    An unexplained astronomical phenomenon brings a woman and her grandfather closer while she questions the meaning of faith. African villagers in need of aid are sent automatons rather than human relief workers. Mermaids devour men drawn by their song, but what will happen to a steampunk submersible piloted by a woman?’Two teenage girls discover that memories are held in the fine aromas of perfumes. A family of sisters in Mexico discovers a fallen angel. These are tales of the strange, the wondrous, the eerie, but all are richly told stories of women facing the unknown and how they are changed by their experiences.

    Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction


    The 2013 edition of the annual series showcasing the best tales of lesbian-themes fantasy, science-fiction, and the weird, includes such acclaimed authors as Jewelle Gomez, Nisi Shawl, Carrie Vaughn, and Brit Mandelo. The editors have ensured that a variety of voices and styles present imaginative fiction encompassing the love between women.

    Tenea D. Johnson is the author of the novels R/evolution and Smoketown, as well as Starting Friction, a poetry and prose collection. Her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including the Lambda Award-winning Necrologue. She is also a musician and has had the good fortune to perform her pieces at the Knitting Factory and the Public Theater, among others. Her virtual home is

    Steve Berman takes much delight in discovering wonderful queer stories and helping authors share their voices. He has been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for his editorial efforts four times, including for his work on Heiresses of Russ 2012. He resides in southern New Jersey.

    Lord Byron’s Prophecy


    Lord Byron is troubled. Is his new poem a catharsis of self-loathing at being attracted to other men or an incantation that turns him into an incubus that seeks such sins? Or perhaps something much worse: an apocalyptic prophecy.

    Present-day Professor Adam Fane is beginning to suffer from what he believes is dementia, which causes him to have the same visions Byron experienced centuries ago. A closeted gay man, Professor Fane interprets these visions to be products of guilt. He’s lived for decades with a terrible guilt over the fate of his childhood friend, George, with whom he was in love. His only son, Gordon has grown into more than a passing resemblance of George.

    Gordon, a star college basketball player, is unaware of his father’s past. His heart belongs to a young English professor named Amber, who is a colleague of his father’s. As Gordon pursues a relationship with her, he suddenly starts to experience visions similar to those of Byron, as well as a crawling sensation under his skin that makes him fearful of being touched. The interlocking stories of three characters leading parallel lives tells a dark tale of impending personal–and perhaps even global–doom, is written by Sean Eads, a stunning new voice in speculative fiction, whose first novel, The Survivors, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

    Like Light for Flies


    A young boy is horrified to discover what his brother is really doing in their father’s work shed. An old man whispers a word that sets his victim on the road to madness. A Victorian dandy and his dog might just save the world from the unspeakable denizens of an alternate dimension. In a house by a park, a religious zealot opens the gates of Hell. These twelve tales of psychological suspense and horror mix heart, brains, and balls to create a pulse-pounding literary experience.


    “In this gripping horror collection, Thomas…slices open the underbelly of human nature with surgical precision to offer an unforgettable glimpse at the horrors just inside.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

    “Thomas constructs his worlds brick by bloody brick mortared together with enough normalcy to make his twists and turns seem that much odder. Like Light for Flies is a collection of nightmares real enough to be dreamt tonight. Damn fine reading from a most excellent writer.” – Out in Print

    Normal Miguel


    Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance!

    Miguel Hernández is a teacher who has left Mexico City to complete a one year student internship in the rural hills of Puebla. He came to the school intending to focus on his teaching and his students but quickly learns that it is impossible to keep his private and professional lives separate-particularly as his experience turns into a voyage of self-discovery. His students, the Directora of the school, the baker, and other people from the town all contribute to his growing awareness. But most important is Ruben, the owner of the candy store who progresses from merchant to friend to lover. He will be the man who has the most effect on Miguel-and who, in turn, is transformed by the impact of Miguel on his own life. This is a lyrical story that brings to life the countryside of rural Mexico, with its grinding poverty but care of the people for their native land; expressing prejudice and hate but at the same time affirming the power of love and acceptance in overcoming obstacles. As a slice of life in the year of Miguel, Normal Miguel will certainly capture the hearts and imaginations of those who join him on his journey in the pages of the book, a Lambda Literary Award-winner for Best Gay Romance.

    Erik Orrantia has written an unusual but welcomed story of one young man’s love for the many parts that keep him whole: his lover, his profession, his community and himself.” – Lambda Literary Foundation

    BCS Ninth Anniversary 50% Off One-Day Ebook Sales!

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    How to Whistle: Stories


    Whistling has long been used to entertain and to communicate; the short stories of Gregg Shapiro also entertain and convey his skilled recollections of the past. The gay men found in these pages are sardonic: they drink, they indulge, they offer wry comments on friends, family and life. In other words, they are a joy to read.

    Gregg Shapiro is the author of Protection and Lincoln Avenue. A native of Chicago, Gregg lives with his husband in Fort Lauderdale.

    “You don’t have to be gay, Jewish, or from Chicagoland to fall hard for Gregg Shapiro’s new story collection. How to Whistle–tart, tender, and terribly wise–has lessons for everybody.” – James Magruder, Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall

    “Shapiro’s stories capture the breadth and variety of human relationships–friends, lovers, and family; casual and deep; social and sexual.  Funny, sad, tragic, and full of surprises, they will keep you reading to the very end and wanting more.” – John D’Emilio, author of Intimate Matters:  A History of Sexuality in America

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    Uncanny Magazine Subscription Drive 2017!

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    by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas

    Uncanny Magazine Issue 11The Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine is once again recruiting for its Space Unicorn Ranger Corps! We named the Uncanny Kickstarter backers the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps after our amazing Space Unicorn mascot. Now, you can become a member of the Corps by subscribing here at Weightless Books!

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    Vestiges of Flame


    In the ruins of a dead and dying world, a quiet university student is drawn to a fierce immoral fighter. Two women who were alone, have found each other, and together they may change their world. Jo is at Victoria University when a mutated form of plague strikes the world, killing all but one percent of the world-wide population. Yet there are other survivors who wish only to dominate and rule those remaining putting Jo’s hopes at risk.

    The Grigori


    Mr. A lurks in the derelict grand hotel, a haunt of junkies and their dealers, hustlers and runaways, petty criminals.

    On a night like any other, a man, a notorious family-values politician, dies in the hotel’s ruined lobby. Suspended from a splendid chandelier, the body is bound with duct tape as if for some sordid S&M scene gone terribly wrong. The man has been disemboweled, intestines spilling from the gash in his belly to the dusty floor. Mr. A is watching, watching.

    “You know, everyone seems to think that angels are these cute little innocent baby-looking m*th*rf*ck*rs but the Bible describes them very, very differently… Angels are angry, crazy and mean as hell. They have four faces and only one of them is human. Their primary job isn’t to save our souls or help us find love. They like to kill and they’re good at it.”

    Who is Mr. A? Mr. A is death. Mr. A is salvation. Mr. A is love.

    Grave Desires


    Theirs smells of sweat, sperm, and blood. In short, to my body and my thirsty soul it offers devotion. It was because their world contains these erotic conditions that I was bent on evil. – Jean Genet, The Thief’s Journal The imagination of William Holden is one that values sweat and sperm and blood. And shadows to hide the rivulets of these fluids as they descend and drip from the naked flesh of men. These tales of homoerotic horror haunt a reader long after the eye moves from the last words on a page. Stories of a lecherous carnival barker who deal in breath and souls, a town where Halloween has become more than playful tricks and sweet treats, the promise of desire at the razor’s edge of life and death.

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