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You can find more of his writing at www.dlshirey.com and @dlshirey on Twitter.
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After Dinner Conversation believes humanity is improved by ethics and morals grounded in philosophical truth. Philosophical truth is discovered through intentional reflection and respectful debate. In order to facilitate that process, we have created a growing series of short stories, audio and video podcast discussions, across genres, as accessible examples of abstract ethical and philosophical ideas intended to draw out deeper discussions with friends and family.
Benefitting the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Twisted Anatomy contains new stories from some of the best authors in indie horror and science fiction, alongside several new voices guaranteed to suck readers in for years to come.
Please note: The team at Sci-Fi & Scary strongly believe in content warnings. A list of any story's content warning is located at the back of the book. Everyone should be free to read horror, regardless of past circumstances.
Features Stories By:
Red Lagoe, Jennifer Carstens, Ian Fortey, Allyson Shaw, R.J. Joseph, Madeleine Swann, DL Shirey, Nick Stefan, Tabatha Wood, Andrew Joseph White, Sara Tantlinger, Anne Polcastro, Justin Moritz, Alexander C. Bailey, Michael Morar, J.A.W. McCarthy, Byron Alexander Campbell, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Steve DeGroof, A.K. Dennis, J. Danielle Dorn, Cynthia Pelayo, S.H. Cooper, Laurel Hightower, Carina Bissett, Gabbie Frulla, Patrick Barb, Ian Neligh, Lilyn George, and Hailey Piper
Synopsis: A high school counselor’s life is ruined when he is wrongly accused by a cocaine snorting student.
After Dinner Conversation is a growing series of short stories across genres to draw out deeper discussions with friends and family. Each story is an accessible example of an abstract ethical or philosophical idea and is accompanied by suggested discussion questions.
Podcast discussion of this short story, and others, is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Youtube.
After Dinner Conversation - Season Two is a collection of the best short stories published in the After Dinner Conversation series to date. Short stories span all genres; science-fiction, near-future, dystopia, spiritual, fantasy, urban fantasy, AI, historical fiction, contemporary women, political, horror, thriller, and children's stories. The important thing is that the story is compelling, and that it asks a specific ethical or moral question. Imagine the "trolley problem" in short story form.
"...a terrific collection of short stories (for teaching) courses on civics, ethics, or contemporary social problems, in high school or junior college." Philosophy Professor at Chapel Hill, Luc Bovens
"Tears Your Heart. Heart breaking discussions fueled by this book." Amazon Reviewer MariaJ
"...these stories as a whole so far, have been haunting, staying with me long past finishing." Amazon Reviewer Andrea L. Stoeckel
Each short story is also accompanied by discussion questions for the reader, or for a group of readers, to discuss. Many of the short stories have associated podcast discussions on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, and Youtube, as well as on our website, After Dinner Conversation.
Included Stories Top Ranked In The Following Amazon Categories!
- #1 in Utilitarianism Philosophy
- #1 in Aesthetics
- #1 in Parenting Morals & Responsibility
- #1 in Faith & Spirituality
- #1 in Pragmatism
- #2 in Historical Fiction Short Stories
- #1 in Physician & Patient Medical Ethics
- #1 in Occult Magic
- #1 in Free Will And Determinism
- #2 in Religious Studies - Ethics
- #1 in Religious Intolerance
- #1 in Political Fiction
- #1 in Greek & Roman Philosophy
- #1 in Jurisprudence
- #1 in Ethics & Morality
- #1 in Good & Evil Philosophy
- #1 in Children's Books on Values
- #1 in State & Local Government
- #1 in Christian Ethics
- #3 in Women's Fantasy Fiction
- #2 in Corruption & Misconduct in Politics
- #1 in Death, Grief & Spirituality
- #2 in Teen & Young Adult Short Stories
- #1 in Tribal & Ethnic Religions
- #1 in 45-Minute Teen & Young Adult Short Reads
- #1 in 30-Minute Teen & Young Adult Short Reads
- #1 in 30-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads
- #1 in 30-Minute Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
- #2 in 45-Minute Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads
- #2 in Christian Homeschooling
- #2 in Parenting Morals & Responsibility
- #1 in Natural Law Perspectives<
Explore Evocative Imagined Realities
All Worlds Wayfarer is a quarterly literary magazine specializing in character-and-theme-driven speculative fiction. We celebrate stories that take readers on tours through wonderful and terrifying realms, evocative visions, and eye-opening new lives. When our readers come home, they should return ever so slightly changed for having made the journey. After all, the most powerful stories transcend, enlighten, and entertain at once.
“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” -Plato
Our winter solstice 2020 issue includes 13 stories spanning the speculative fiction spectrum:
Monster by Demi-Louise Blackburn
"The light divides, and the submarine follows, drifting like some bloated carcass settling down into the sand."
Like Shipwrecked Stars by Scott Beggs
"It turned out that superheroes were perfect for fighting crime but not beating it."
Demons and Gods by Geri Meyers
"'I won’t tell anyone, I swear. Just like I don’t tell anyone about the demon that saved you when you were little like me.'"
Orbital Lullaby by M. Douglas White
"'We could have enjoyed a perfectly normal life back on Earth!' I yelled. 'You could have let other people chase salvation.'"
The Fawn by A.L. Hodges
"There was something distinctly profane about the pitiless wounds, and I felt the creature’s eyes interrogating me to find a reason for the pain that we had brought into the world."
Firemaker by Jonny Eberle
"His dreams were growing more vivid all the time. It was a side effect of the strain of time travel on the human mind."
Song of Stillness by Benjamin Kugler
"The marriage of force and desire spilled from the woods as a carrion sea, singing its war-song."
Something Rare and Beautiful by Lisa Fox
"They didn’t question the ways of The Order, even as their own children were marked from the moment they entered this world."
Un Comienzo by V.T. Dorchester
"He feels a terrible anticipation, a certainty there is something he should see, if he could only find the right focus."
The Sum of the Parts by Tricia Lowther
"Pictures within pictures, codes within codes, worlds within worlds."
The Loneliness of Lions by Sarah Philpott
"Arawn knew better than to think himself the stronger predator, not here, not in this place."
Now Arriving on Track Four by Michael Merriam
"The ghost train pulled into the station as I draped the canvas sheet over my kiosk."
Cloud Streets in the Sea of Okhotsk by Jessica Reisman
"When he sang, like foxfire, he drew life to him."
Venture beyond the mundane with the best of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and magical realism.
In this issue:
In Hope Endures Where Life Persists, a decades-long feud between mages erupts into the 1906 San Francisco Fire.
In The Raven’s Shadow, a woman seeking to help her new husband and his people - and gain power for herself - enters into a binding agreement with the vengeful Celtic deity, Cathubodua
In Ash Shades, two women survive the destruction of their landing site by taking shelter in their ship. They emerge to find a local sentient species salvaging burned seeds and must navigate communication barriers to learn what happened to the rest of their crew.
In New Game+, a serial killer sentenced to Hell finds himself recruited by the devil to work in the new field of video games.
Fourteen long form fiction included in this issue.
In this Issue:
Cover art Untitled by L.A. Spooner
Untitled by James Toney
"Rip with a butterfly" by Anna Ploeger
Russian Doll by Rachel Rodman
The Difference Blood Makes by DL Shirey
Scene From a Rooftop by Thomas Cavazos
Mangalo by Paul Stansbury
Once Were Gods by Jennifer Crow
The Depths by Austin Gottler
URSULA LE GUIN, THE ECONOMICAL EXPLANATION by Colin James
The Audit by Pat O'Malley
A Token for the Journey by Terrye Turpin
The Nurse and the Lawyer by David Hann
Creature of Habit by Karen Heslop
I'll Be Home for Christmas by Joe Taylor
Solo Pursuit by Joe Prosit
A Sense of Direction by Claire Simpson
Frolic on 13th Street by Michael Balletti
The Big When by Martin Zeigler
The Mother by P.L. McMillan
New World Order by Theresa Jacobs
HorrorTree.com is the free online resource for writers in the field of speculative fiction. As well as Trembling With Fear, you will find the latest industry submission calls, articles, and interviews. It is not to be missed!