All the books that tell stories unconnected to the rest, whether by series or world.
The Illuminated Heart
Dagný’s only brother, Kaj, is dead. He died of illness before his life had really begun, and Dagný blames God for it.
About a week after his death, Kaj comes back as a draugur, a creature intent on the ruin of those it had known in life. With his unholy power, he kills their crops, causes their animals to go insane, and brings them to the brink of starvation. Every single member of Dagný’s village, convinced that her family has brought this curse upon themselves through sin, leaves them alone to die.
Then, one day, a polar bear arrives at their door with a proposition:
“Give me your youngest daughter, and I will make you wealthy.”
The adventure that follows thrusts Dagný into a world where the supernatural intrudes on the natural as a matter of course, where she must act without any assurance of safety, and where she must decide whether to throw away all she’s believed or finally trust in it for the first time.
(Part of the Undead Fairy Tales Collection, books of fairy tales with the undead. Check out Emily Casey’s books for more.)
Genre: Dark inspirational fantasy
Cover designer: Philip Pocock
Editor: Ruth Ellen Parlor
Dreaming of Her and Other Stories
Be prepared to enter a vast array of worlds. Each one contains echoes of our own, but never enough to be comfortable. Never enough to be entirely familiar; never enough to be entirely safe. As you enter into the stories and poems of this collection, you will discover that reality goes farther than what we can see, and further than we have ever known.
Read, among many others, the story of the life of a river as he discovers his true self, a poetic retelling of Daphne’s flight from Apollo, and, in the titular story, a literal nightmare as a girl comes to terms with the death of her sister.
It’s time to go down the rabbit hole.
Genre: Speculative fiction
Editor: Erin Kurup