Dangerous Companions

Picture by Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay 

In all the universes we inhabit, humans have lived in a precarious balance with nature. Some animals serve us with docility, some hunt us as food, and some are simply dangerous companions–powerful creatures that we rely upon for survival but which may, ultimately, turn against us.

Curious Tomes is now searching for contributions to an anthology called “Dangerous Companions,” stories about a human and a supernatural creature that they rely upon each other for survival on some mission or quest. Each story should mention a zoologist named Jiv, though that character need not appear explicitly in the tale.

Jiv is a world-walker, a person capable of opening a portal with her mind and walking from one reality to the next. She will provide a thread of continuity for the collection.

Stories should be less than 10,000 words. Send queries to steven at stevenrbrandt dot com. Set the subject line to “QUERY:” plus the title of your story.

Time frame: I’m looking to have a first pass done by the end of January 2021, and publication in early 2021.

Call for Participation: “Demonic Debutantes”

Premise: In the first 9 days of the 9th month of 1999, the Devil begat 9 daughters. To each he gave a power to wreak havoc upon the earth, and to each he gave a home where they could see the wickedness of humankind, where their hearts could nurture dark desires for vengeance and destruction.

But kids don’t always turn out the way you plan.

See the Wattpad Site for more details.

Warriors of the Hollow World

Olara, the leader of the Claw Clan, has known only war her entire life. Vengeance, like the artificial world she lives in, has circumscribed her every thought and action. When Ketzhura, her worst enemy takes Olara to the star-filled darkness below the ground, she offers her an opportunity: Olara’s people can learn to fly among the stars as they did hundreds of years ago. All Olara has to do is put her hatred aside, betray her duty to obtain revenge, and accept friendship with Ketzhura. But whatever she chooses, there will be war.