Scarecrow is a new anthology of speculative fiction about to be published by World Weaver Press and it includes my short story Truth About Crows. That cover art is fantastic!
Truth About Crows is a standalone story with a very subtle link into the same universe as my Canton Station series of novels. If you like low-fi sci-fi and an independent young female protagonist with a knack for fixing tech then you might enjoy Truth About Crows.
Scarecrow is due for publication on the 4th of August, edited by the wonderful Rhonda Parrish.
Competition time! And not just one competition . . . but two!
Next up there’s a give-away on Goodreads (US and Canada only). Just head on over to Rhonda’s blog post and click on the Goodreads give-away button. You need to get your skates on with this one . . . the competition closes in just a few days on the 3rd of August.
You can also order copies of Scarecrow by visiting the World Weaver Press website which lists a whole bunch of different ways to buy: ebook or paper, direct from the publisher or from various outlets including Amazon US or UK and Kobo.
Happy reading! Here’s the blurb and a fistful of links to the other authors . . .
Hay-men, mommets, tattie bogles, kakashi, tao-tao—whether formed of straw or other materials, the tradition of scarecrows is pervasive in farming cultures around the world. The scarecrow serves as decoy, proxy, and effigy—human but not human. We create them in our image and ask them to protect our crops and by extension our very survival, but we refrain from giving them the things a creation might crave—souls, brains, free-will, love. In Scarecrow, fifteen authors of speculative fiction explore what such creatures might do to gain the things they need or, more dangerously, think they want.
Within these pages, ancient enemies join together to destroy a mad mommet, a scarecrow who is a crow protects solar fields and stores long-lost family secrets, a woman falls in love with a scarecrow, and another becomes one. Encounter scarecrows made of straw, imagination, memory, and robotics while being spirited to Oz, mythological Japan, other planets, and a neighbor’s back garden. After experiencing this book, you’ll never look at a hay-man the same.
Featuring all new work by Jane Yolen, Andrew Bud Adams, Laura Blackwood, Amanda Block, Scott Burtness, Virginia Carraway Stark, Amanda C. Davis, Megan Fennell, Kim Goldberg, Katherine Marzinsky, Craig Pay, Sara Puls, Holly Schofield, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Kristina Wojtaszek.