Here’s the description and star-studded table of contents for the new fantasy anthology Beyond the Pale edited by Henry Herz:

Beyond the Pale is an anthology of fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal stories that skirt the border between our world and others. Was that my imagination, or did I hear something under my bed? What was that blurred movement in my darkened closet? There is but a thin Veil separating the real and the fantastic, and therein dwell the inhabitants of these stories. Beyond the Pale contains eleven short stories by award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon), Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn), Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod), Jim Butcher (Dresden Files), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Nancy Holder (Wicked), Gillian Philip (Rebel Angels), and Jane Yolen (Owl Moon). The noun “pale” refers to a stake (as in impaling vampires) or pointed piece of wood (as in a paling fence). “Pale” came to refer to an area enclosed by a paling fence. Later, it acquired the figurative meaning of an enclosed and therefore safe domain. Conversely, “beyond the pale” means foreign, strange, or threatening. You are about to go Beyond the Pale.

Here’s the table of contents…

  1. “Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela” by Saladin Ahmed
  2. “The Children of the Shark God” by Peter S. Beagle
  3. “Misery” by Heather Brewer
  4. “Shadow Children” by Heather Brewer
  5. “Even Hand” by Jim Butcher
  6. “Red Run” by Kami Garcia
  7. “Pale Rider” by Nancy Holder
  8. “Frost Child” by Gillian Philip
  9. “South” by Gillian Philip
  10. “A Knot of Toads” by Jane Yolen
  11. “The Adventures of Lightning Merriemouse-Jones” by Nancy & Belle Holder

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Birch Tree Publishing (July 7, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0989448738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989448734

Attention San Diego Comic-Con Attendees! Henry Herz will be moderating a fantasy/science fiction literature panel from 11 am to noon on July 24 at SDCC in room 5AB. The panel participants are award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors Dr. David Brin, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Jason Hough, Marie Lu, and Jonathan Maberry. The authors will be signing their books afterward in AA09 from 12:30-1:30 pm.

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