TOC: METASTASIS edited by Rhonda Parrish, a New Anthology to Benefit Cancer Research

here’s the table of contents for Metastasis, a new anthology to benefit cancer research.

“Walk with us.” -Jay Lake

Walk with us as we explore the world of cancer as seen through a speculative lens. Hold our hands while we venture into the world of what ifs. Take a journey at our side as we experience the full spectrum of what cancer has to offer. The light, the darkness.

Within these pages you’ll meet a woman who adores her cancer as a lover, another who sees it as her ticket to immortality. We’ll meet a boy willing to do anything to save his mother and another with superpowers. There’s a witch who uses magic to fight against the beast ravaging her friend’s body, a cat whose capacity for love is unparalleled, a damaged musician, aliens, a goddess butterfly and so much more.

These are not easy stories to read. This is not a comforting collection that will wipe your fears away and make everything all right. It’s not that kind of book. These stories will make you cry, but they’ll also make you laugh. They’ll touch you and stir emotions, some of which you might not like, but that’s okay. It really is. These stories aren’t all fun, but they are important. All of them.

Cancer scares us. There is so much we don’t know about it, but it’s out there, waiting to strike. This anthology attempts to strike back. To support research that will develop new treatments and, eventually, a cure.

  1. “The Cancer Catechism” by Jay Lake
  2. “Cancer: A Fairy Tale” by Marge Simon
  3. “Oil and Water” by Michael Kellar
  4. “The Light Box” by Barbara Daniels
  5. “Time is the School in Which We Learn, Time is the Fire in Which We Burn” by Candas Jane Dorsey
  6. “Hunter” by Beth Cato
  7. “Quantum Therapy” by David Sklar
  8. “Alchemical Warfare” by Sandi Leibowitz
  9. “The Gypsy Cure” by Bill Ratner
  10. “Tide Pools” by Kevin J. Anderson
  11. “Next Placement” by Steve Lickman
  12. “The Cure” by Scott Lee Williams
  13. “Painter X by” I.J. Black
  14. “Murder of Crows” by Rie Sheridan Rose
  15. “The Lady in the Doorway” by T. Fox Dunham
  16. “The Dead Rise For Me” by Morgen Knight
  17. “A Brief Description of the Five Stages of Puppet Cancer” by David McLain
  18. “Cancer Maximized” by Mary-Ellen Maynard
  19. “Hold That Blade” by Beth Cato
  20. “Missing” by B.D. Wilson
  21. “A Hunter Reflects Upon the Properties of Sunlight, and Also of Ashes” by Sara Cleto
  22. “Unchanged” by Michael S. Pack
  23. “Sylvia and the Gynandromorph Sea” by Brenda Stokes Barron
  24. “Arpeggio” by Gabrielle Harbowy
  25. “Folklore of Lunenburg County” by Robert Dawson
  26. “Like Sunlit Honey” by Cat Jenkins