Book of the Month: Cats and More Cats + The Necromouser

For March, our Book of the Month feature spotlights two books devoted to fantastic felines. The first, Cats and More Cats, is the latest anthology from editor Fred Patten and features authors from the fandom and beyond:

catscoverThe not-so-humble feline has fascinated mankind for generations. From the noble jungle hunter, to the witch’s familiar, to the stray on the back porch meowing to be let in, cats have snuck into our hearts and dreams for as long as mankind has made homes. They have become our companions, and we tell stories about their secret lives and the strange magic they might possess.

This is a collection of those stories, gathering some of the best fantasy and science fiction stories featuring our feline friends, from authors like Clare Bell, Mary E. Lowd, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Bryan Derksen, Lawrence Watt-Evans, James M. Ward, and Renee Carter Hall. These fourteen stories will give you a glimpse into the world of cats, and leave you wanting more.

Trouble by P. M. Griffin
Bomber and the Bismarck by Clare Bell
… But a Glove by John E. Johnston III
Born Again by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Masters and Students by Bryan Derksen
Trixie by Lawrence Watt-Evans
Destiny by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Three-Inch Trouble by Andre Norton
Defender of the Small by Jody Lynn Nye
The Luck of the Dauntless by James M. Ward
After Tony’s Fall by Jean Rabe
Magtwilla and the Mouse by Mary E. Lowd
A Spoiled Rotten Cat Lives Here by Dusty Rainbolt
The Emerald Mage by Renee Carter Hall
Furry Fandom and Cats by Fred Patten
A Bibliography for Bast by Fred Patten

Parental rating G. Available from FurPlanet.


 

The second book, The Necromouser and Other Magical Cats, features a variety of cat-themed stories from Mary E. Lowd, including four that appear for the first time in this collection:

necrocoverAn angry cat who discovers the techno-mystical ability to raise mice from the dead…

A starving kitten who discovers a secret hidden in the San Francisco bay…

A witch’s cat, a scientist’s cat, and a cat who recognizes no owner…

In this collection, follow the adventures of the beloved tabby cat Shreddy as he faces off with zombies, ghosts, gryphons, foolhardy dogs, and all sorts of household appliances.

Then meet a series of cats whose stories will take you from heartbreak to joy, showing the magic in our own world through the reflection of a cat’s eyes.

Necromouser contains four all new stories and five Ursa Major nominated stories, including “Shreddy and the Carnivorous Plant.”

Contains the following stories by Mary Lowd:

The Necromouser
Shreddy and the Zomb-dogs
Shreddy and the Silver Egg
Shreddy and the Christmas Ghost
Shreddy and the Dancing Dragon
Shreddy and the Carnivorous Plant
Songs of Fish and Flowers
Katelynn the Mythic Mouser
The Wharf Cat’s Mermaid
Magtwilla and the Mouse
Cold Tail and the Eyes
All the Cats of the Rainbow
In a Cat’s Eyes

Parental rating G. Available in print from FurPlanet and as an ebook from Bad Dog Books.

 

(The editor of this blog wishes to call attention to the fact that she did not use a single cat-related pun in this post. You’re welcome.)

Book of the Month: Claw the Way to Victory

claw coverFebruary’s Book of the Month, Claw the Way to Victory, is edited by Sean Rivercritic of AnthroAquatic and includes stories from several FWG members.

We’ve all watched sports played by humans, or have participated in sports with our human limbs and senses.

What would happen if the sporting events we loved were played by animal people?

Claw the Way to Victory looks to answer that question with a variety of stories, each showcasing a different sport and just how the instincts of an animal matched with the intelligence of a human can help or hurt a player.

Scratching? Biting?

Against the rules?

Not this time.

 

Cover art by Pac.

Parental rating General/Mature (possible violent content). Available from Jaffa Books.

Book of the Month: Civilized Beasts

civbeasts coverJanuary’s Book of the Month, Civilized Beasts, is a furry/animal-themed poetry anthology with proceeds benefiting Wildlife Conservation Society. The book features work from a wide variety of poets and artists, including:

Larry D. Thomas
B. H. Tang
Kevin Gillam
Chris Wise
BanWynn Oakshadow
Arian Mabe
Marge Simon
Jason Huitt (Lunostophiles)
Eduard Dragomir Szabo
Sandi Stromberg
Renee Carter Hall
Edwin ‘Utunu’ Herrell
George Squares
Ceò
Amy Fontaine
Alice “Huskyteer” Dryden
Winston Derden
Carolyn A. Dahl
Kenket
Dwale
Joyce Parkes
Stefano “Mando” Zocchi
Dominique Goodall
Televassi
David Andrew Cowan
Altivo Overo
Kits Koriohn
Denise Clemons
Jack Warren
Lynn White
Bruce Boston
Laura “Munchkin” Govednik
Weasel

Published by Weasel Press and available from major retailers in print and ebook formats.

Book of the Month: Inhuman Acts

InhumanActsCoverNovember’s Book of the Month, Inhuman Acts, is edited by Ocean Tigrox and features stories from several FWG members.

Stalking the streets after dusk is risky business, but some tales are only told in the depths of night. Crime pales against the cold, murderous motives of those behind it. Claws and fangs open doors for a twisted soul to find a means to an end. It’s a deadly road spiraling downwards when the deeds done are Inhuman Acts.

Explore thirteen anthropomorphic noir stories about betrayal, corruption and deceit from award-winning authors and up-and-coming writers. Pour your favourite whiskey and light up a cigarette as Stanley Rivets, PI shares with you his collection of case files from dim to dark to downright ugly.

Features the following stories:

Muskrat Blues by Ianus Wolf
Fixer by Watts Martin
Danger in the Lumo-Bay by Mary E. Lowd
River City Nights by Tana Simensis
Every Breath Closer by Slip Wolf
Ghosts by Solus Lupus
A Blacker Dog by Huskyteer
Crimson on Copper by Tony Greyfox
Vermin’s Vice by T.S. McNally
Scorned by K.C. Alpinus
Bullet Tooth Claw by Marshall L. Moseley
Guardian Angels by Nicholas Hardin
Brooklyn Blackie and the Unappetizing Menu by Bill Kieffer

Cover art by Seylyn.

Parental rating PG-13. Available in print format from FurPlanet and as an ebook from Bad Dog Books.

Book of the Month: An Anthropomorphic Century

anthro century coverOctober’s Book of the Month, An Anthropomorphic Century, is the latest furry anthology edited by Fred Patten.

What if animals could talk? Or communicate telepathically? What if they evolved to become something more than human, or we made ourselves more like them?

Storytellers have asked these questions from the dawn of human history to the present day. An Anthropomorphic Century showcases the answers to some of these questions from the last century.

Features stories ranging from 1909 to 2008, including the talents of Peter S. Beagle, Philip K. Dick, Michael H. Payne, Phil Geusz, Renee Carter Hall, and more.

Tobermory by Saki
Dr. Lu-mie by Clifton B. Kruse
The Blue Giraffe by L. Sprague de Camp
Barney by Will Stanton
Expendable by Philip K. Dick
The Conspirators by James White
Sic Transit… ? A Shaggy Hairless-Dog Story by Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop
Crow’s Curse by Michael H. Payne
Nine Lives To Live by Sharyn McCrumb
Vole by John Gregory Betancourt
Choice Cuts by Edd Vick
Transmutational Transcontinental by Phil Geusz
Daylight Fading by Chris Hoekstra
The Good Sport by Bill Kieffer
The Dog Said Bow-Wow by Michael Swanwick
Cat ‘n’ Mouse by Steven Millhauser
Pig Paradise by Scott Bradfield
Sergeant Chip by Bradley Denton
Gordon, the Self-Made Cat by Peter S. Beagle
The Wishing Tree by Renee Carter Hall

Cover art by Mark Brill.

Parental rating PG. Available from FurPlanet.

Book of the Month: Typewriter Emergencies

typewriter coverSeptember’s Book of the Month, Typewriter Emergencies, is the first furry anthology from Weasel Press, edited by our associate member Weasel and featuring stories from several guild members.

Welcome to the first release of Typewriter Emergencies, a collection of psychologically damaging and hard-hitting furry literature. It’s a mad world we live in, a world where we are still uncovering some of the darkest of our secrets. We were asking a lot when we started our submission call. We were asking our authors to really dig the knife into their story; to give us the real maddening details, the secrets, the loss of control. And they did just that. This anthology has a total of thirteen gut-wrenching stories from several talented individuals. It’s a collection that drops the reader into thirteen rough worlds without anything to protect themselves, only the leadership of the characters they’re following. Each author handles a different aspect of the universe, touring the reader through some rather diverse struggles. Typewriter Emergencies is a journey not lightly made, and one that will definitely leave a deep impression on our readers. Weasel Press is proud to have our first furry collection on the books, and we hope you will enjoy every moment this intense anthology has to offer.

Includes stories by Dwale, W.B. Cushman, Junior Gordon, Timothy Wiseman, G. Miki Hayden, Neil S. Reddy, Gareth Barsby, Phil Geusz, Amethyst Mare, Jerod Underwood Park, Con Chapman, Mark Plummer, and Renee Carter Hall.

Available direct from Weasel Press and from Amazon.

Market Spotlight: Civilized Beasts – a poetry anthology

Furry markets for poetry tend to be few and far between, but a new furry-based poetry anthology has just opened for submissions. Civilized Beasts, a charity anthology, is seeking animal-related poetry of all forms, styles, and lengths.

The anthology will be published by Weasel Press, and all proceeds from the sale of the anthology will benefit Wildlife Conservation Society.

Full guidelines are below. If you have any questions, please contact the editors at the email address listed.


Theme: Animals
Sub-theme: Outside observation of animals, in the mind of animals, symbolism of animals*
Rating: GA
Line Count: Unlimited**
Publisher: Weasel Press
Payment: A copy of the book.  All profit will be donated to charity.
Charity: Wildlife Conservation Society.
Editors: Altivo and Munchkin.  GeorgeSquares, Lunostophiles, and Televassi have volunteered to help.
Submit To: Civ.Beasts@gmail.com

Guidelines: Size 12 Courier font, .pdf, .doc, .docx. Please include the name of the poem(s) in the subject line. If you are doing anything purposefully different in spelling, punctuation, format, etc. for artistic reasons, please be sure to list them in the body of the email.

Deadline: October 1, 2015 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.  Thank you, and good luck!

*The first includes fandom observations, though including fandom-related material is still up for debate.  The last allows for works about sonas, totem animals, spirit animals, etc.  This is assuming we get enough of each variety to warrant the break-up.
*If you send in a short poem, please send in a few so they can be bundled together.  We will be hyper-critical of longer poems since we only have so much room to work with.