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TOC: ‘The Urban Fantasy Anthology’ Edited by Peter S. Beagle and Joe R. Lansdale

The Urban Fantasy Anthology, edited by Peter S. Beagle and Joe R. Lansdale, hits bookstores on August 15, 2011. Here’s the book’s description:

Star-studded and comprehensive, this imaginative anthology brings a myriad of modern fantasy voices under one roof. Previously difficult for readers to discover in its new modes, urban fantasy is represented here in all three of its distinct styles–playful new mythologies, sexy paranormal romances, and gritty urban noir. Whether they feature tattooed demon-hunters, angst-ridden vampires, supernatural gumshoes, or pixelated pixies, these authors–including Patricia Briggs, Neil Gaiman, and Charles de Lint–mash-up traditional fare with pop culture, creating iconic characters, conflicted moralities, and complex settings. The result is starkly original fiction that has broad-based appeal and is immensely entertaining.

Here’s the table of contents:

  • Introduction by Peter S. Beagle
  • Mythic Fiction
    • Introduction: “A Personal Journey into Mythic Fiction” by Charles de Lint
    • Emma Bull, “A Bird That Whistles”
    • Charles de Lint, “Make a Joyful Noise”
    • Neil Gaiman, “The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories”
    • Jeffrey Ford, “On the Road to New Egypt”
    • Peter S. Beagle, “Julie’s Unicorn”
  • Paranormal Romance
    • Introduction: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Urban Fantasy” by Paula Guran
    • Charles de Lint, “Companions to the Moon”
    • Kelley Armstrong, “A Haunted House of Her Own”
    • Norman Partridge, “She’s My Witch”
    • Carrie Vaughn, “Kitty’s Zombie New Year”
    • Patricia Briggs, “Seeing Eye”
    • Bruce McAllister, “Hit”
    • Suzy McKee Charnas, “Boobs”
    • Francesca Lia Block, “Farewell, My Zombie”
  • Noir Fantasy
    • Introduction: “We Are Not a Club, but We Sometimes Share a Room” by Joe R. Lansdale
    • Thomas M. Disch, “The White Man”
    • Susan Palwick, “Gestella”
    • Holly Black, “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”
    • Steven R. Boyett, “Talking Back to the Moon”
    • Joe R. Lansdale, “On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks”
    • Tim Powers, “The Bible Repairman”
    • Al Sarrantonio, “Father Dear”
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