February’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.
Against the rules?
Not this time.
Cover art by Pac.
Parental rating General/Mature (possible violent content). Available from Jaffa Books.
January’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
Jason Huitt (Lunostophiles)
Eduard Dragomir Szabo
Renee Carter Hall
Edwin ‘Utunu’ Herrell
Alice “Huskyteer” Dryden
Carolyn A. Dahl
Stefano “Mando” Zocchi
David Andrew Cowan
Laura “Munchkin” Govednik
Published by Weasel Press and available from major retailers in print and ebook formats.
December’s Book of the Month, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, is by member Lawrence M. Schoen. From the publisher’s website:
The Sixth Sense meets Planet of the Apes in a moving science fiction novel set so far in the future, humanity is gone and forgotten in Lawrence M. Schoen’s Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard
An historian who speaks with the dead is ensnared by the past. A child who feels no pain and who should not exist sees the future. Between them are truths that will shake worlds.
In a distant future, no remnants of human beings remain, but their successors thrive throughout the galaxy. These are the offspring of humanity’s genius-animals uplifted into walking, talking, sentient beings. The Fant are one such species: anthropomorphic elephants ostracized by other races, and long ago exiled to the rainy ghetto world of Barsk. There, they develop medicines upon which all species now depend. The most coveted of these drugs is koph, which allows a small number of users to interact with the recently deceased and learn their secrets.
To break the Fant’s control of koph, an offworld shadow group attempts to force the Fant to surrender their knowledge. Jorl, a Fant Speaker with the dead, is compelled to question his deceased best friend, who years ago mysteriously committed suicide. In so doing, Jorl unearths a secret the powers that be would prefer to keep buried forever. Meanwhile, his dead friend’s son, a physically challenged young Fant named Pizlo, is driven by disturbing visions to take his first unsteady steps toward an uncertain future.
Available for pre-order from Amazon and other retailers, to be published December 29.
November’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.
October’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.
September’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.
August’s Book of the Month, Rat’s Reputation, is by member Michael H. Payne (author of The Blood Jaguar).
“Orphans have it tough no matter where they are. But for an orphaned rat in a community of mice, it’s twice as hard. For every mouse willing to look past Rat’s oversized physique and sketchy relatives, there are two convinced he’s just a thief and a murderer biding his time. It doesn’t help that Rat has a tendency to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and to do the wrong thing just when someone’s watching. Vandalism, robbery, even murder: as he grows, so does the legend around him, and Rat will have to separate truth from fiction to find out not only where he comes from, but where he’s going, and, most importantly, where he belongs.
For the first time in print, Rat’s Reputation is author Michael Payne’s further exploration of life in the lush, beautifully realized world of The Blood Jaguar. More a companion story than a prequel or sequel (though some characters will be familiar to readers of his first book), Payne here shows that you don’t have to follow a prophecy to travel an epic journey, and you don’t have to save the world to be a hero.”
Available from Sofawolf Press.