Noir Fatale is out next week.
This is an anthology that I edited with Kacey Ezell featuring all new noir themed sci-fi and fantasy stories. And it came out awesome.
Some of the stories tie into existing franchisees. We’ve got a new Honor Harrington universe story from David Weber. There’s a new Anita Blake story by Laurell K. Hamilton. I wrote a Grimnoir story, set in 1954 to prep for the next Grimnoir trilogy.
But then most of the stories are for new worlds you’ve not seen before. And I enjoyed all of them.
Kacey Ezell writes about a post WW3 femme fatale. Christopher Smith and Michael Ferguson tell the story of a hard boiled PI solving a murder on a space station. Griffin Barber takes a necromancer on a heist.
One that I was really excited about was Kuro, by Hinkley Correia, partly because she’s my daughter, but also because her story about a down on his luck, ghost hunting, detective in Tokyo was awesome. (and she’s working on a book in the setting).
Steve Diamond’s story is set in the fantasy world we are currently doing a novel collaboration in, and involves one of the Tzar’s secret policemen chasing after a golem smuggling ring. Patrick Tracy’s story is great. Imagine playing in a D&D campaign where Raymond Chandler was the GM. That’s the world of Remnar.
Mike Massa gives you a look into his Genius Loci series with a really cool WW2 adventure story. Alistair Kimble has this atmospheric piece, crime story, that’s hard to explain but so good. Robert Buettner did a love story on the moon, and Sarah Hoyt’s missing person investigation takes some weird turns. I loved it.
Okay, I think I didn’t forget anybody. But honestly, I had a great time editing this with Kacey, because all the stories were good from the get go, which really makes an editor’s life easy!