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Mark L. Van Name is the creator of the popular Jon & Lobo series of groundbreaking military SF thrillers and a renown short story writer whose works frequently appear in year’s best anthologies.  He’s a former Executive Vice President for Ziff Davis Media and a national technology columnist.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451637861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451637861
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,263,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dana Cameron's novels and short stories are inspired by her career as an archaeologist. Her crime fiction has won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, and has been short-listed for the Edgar Award. HELLBENDER, the third urban fantasy novel set in her Fangborn 'verse, will be published in March 2015. Dana lives in Massachusetts, USA; learn more at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W Jordin on July 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Wild Side (2011) is a Fantasy anthology. It features stories of erotic adventure and various preternatural and magical creatures. It includes an introduction, ten short works, and the acknowledgments. The stories also have short bios and afterwords.

- Introduction by Mark L. Van Name tells the genesis of this anthology and the format.

- "Songs Sung Red" by Tanya Huff describes an encounter between Vicki and a siren.

- "Garden of the Night" by Gina Massel Castater involves a werewolf enforcer and a lady of the night.

- "For a Good Time, Call..." by Toni L. P. Kelner concerns a telephone witch and an incubus

- "Fine Print" by Diana Rowland relates the trials of the editor of an obscure fantasy magazine.

- "Unawares" by Sarah A. Hoyt deals with a student, vampires, and a psychic investigator.

- "Of Sex and Zombies" by Ticia Drake Isom considers a wedding between a human policeman and a fairy that is crashed by zombies.

- "Love Knot" by Dana Cameron presents a Fangborn woman with an object that is irresistible.

- "Beauty is a Witch" by John Lambshead follows the flight of a witch con artist.

- "The Long Dark Night of Diego Chan" by Mark L. Van Name takes Diego to a vampire club to save a friend.

- "Born Under a Bad Sign" by Caitlin Kittredge follows the Fall and rise of an angel.

- Acknowledgments by Mark L. Van Name thanks those who supported the editor in producing this work.

This book is a fine collection of Fantasy tales. The stories are a varied bunch, but each is interesting within itself. Maybe this book will lead to another work in the same vein.

Some stories draw from the authors's previously established works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Davie on April 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ten short stories revolving around vampires, shifters, demons in the city.

Series: Songs Sung Red (Blood Books, 5.5??)

The Stories
Tanya Huff's Songs Sung Red creates a conflict between Vicki Nelson and Mike Celluci when a siren overpowers Vicki's human inclinations.

Vicki has been changed and is living with Mike.

Gina Massel-Castater's Careless of the Night was just too cute. Liz needs to feed her photographic habit and working for Armando gives her access to his studio equipment. A perfect habit, viewing people from behind a camera. She's invisible at her age and people never even notice her presence. One night, Liz is feeling more sociable and inadvertently begins the seduction of her boss.

I'd like to see more of Liz!

Toni L.P. Kelner's For a Good Time, Call . . . takes a twist on cell phones. And puts one in the eye to Maura's snotty sister Ennis! All the "gifted" witches in the Salem area are off on their retreat leaving the "pathetic" Maura behind to mind the store. Problems ensue when Maura responds to directions left by the man she assumes is one of their providers. Ooops...Herberto Rocha is definitely not whom she's expecting to see.

I hope she turns this into a series!

Diana Rowland's Fine Print is a good reminder to never let sex interfere with business! Jason certainly learns! His quick thinking "under fire" was most impressive. I must confess I'm wondering if he can get out of his particular contract if he reminds Rachel that she was never going to pressure him to put one of her stories in his magazine Black Magick Stories. . .

Scary and cleanly kinky . . .

Sarah A.
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By Amazon Customer on January 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
The covers of urban fantasy novels often feature spunky heroines and their weapon of choice (fangs, claws, swords and guns) and probably attract the romantic minded reader at the same time they almost repel the more devout sword and sorcery fan. With their modern settings, vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, angels and a host of other supernatural beings, the books occupy a definite and growing niche, however, and urban fantasy, also known as paranormal romance, has become a wildly popular genre. I don't mind a little romance, but I don't read a lot of fantasy, urban, paranormal or otherwise. I like spaceships and aliens, which is why this anthology caught my attention. It's edited by Mark L. Van Name, author of the `Jon And Lobo' novels and editor of an anthology that celebrates an entirely different genre, transhumanism.

In `The Wild Side', editor Mark Van Name has pulled together a collection of stories that demonstrate just how varied urban fantasy can be. At the same time, this anthology shows just why it's popular: sex sells. The majority of these tales have an erotic edge and some of them revolve around a liaison in much the way a regular romance novel might. All of the stories explore the supernatural, though, and a lot of them were quite entertaining.

`Songs Sung Red' by Tanya Huff makes a good start to the anthology. It sets a high standard for the other stories to follow. Tanya Huff writes a variety of fiction, from magical kingdoms to space marines. In between, she more than dabbles in urban fantasy. Her `Blood' books feature a human detective, Vicki Nelson, and her partnership with a vampire, Henry Fitzroy.
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