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