From the Author
Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fantasy for all ages, from the whimsicalHulk Hercules: Professional Wrestler to short stories with a dark edge.She is a co-host of the Unreliable Narrators podcast and a graduate ofthe Viable Paradise and Taos Toolbox speculative fiction workshops.
From the Back Cover
Foreword by Nina Pérez
Painted Truths and Prayer Beads by Nillu Nasser Stelter
Malek is forced to flee Uganda with her two sons in the 1970s and finds herself deposited in London. There, she must start anew. Joyce has everything she wants, or so it seems to those on the outside. Her made up face and pretty window boxes betray what really goes on at home. One night Joyce and Malek's worlds collide, and in the inferno that follows, they must decide whether to make a stand for what matters most.
Starting Over by Zen DiPietro
A war refugee is given a second chance at life by a ship full of generous misfits. She must then choose between holding her family close and reaching for the stars.
Blue Silk Dress by Alison Ripley Cubitt
Elise must learn to be her mother's keeper, in this coming of age story set in the Australian Outback.
Poems by Kristina Webster Shue
A collection of poems about inhabiting the female body.
Embracing the Kinks: A Naturalista Manifesta by Willow Naomi Curry
Long before "body positivity" was a buzzword, the natural hair movement stole onto the beauty scene, inspiring millions of black women to cut off their straightened tresses and embrace an Afrocentric aesthetic. But ten years in, many black women question whether this liberatory movement has oppression at its roots. In Embracing the Kinks: A Naturalista Manifesta, Willow Curry investigates the movement's radical past and problematic present, and challenges all naturalistas to create a beauty paradigm that is truly revolutionary.
Adderall on the Rocks by Lana Bella
A poem about a wife whose sacrifices for her forsaken spouse are fallen by the wayside, and now she is searching for hope in booze and prescription drugs by spinning down a rabbit hole in what she sees as a marvelous victory against self-imposed sufferance.
Remedios and Leonora by Lorraine Schein
Inspired by the author's reading about the less well-known women artists of the Surrealist movement. Based on fact, the relationship between Remedios and Leonora explores both the magic of art and of women's friendships.
Sunshower by Kim Wells
The recovered recordings of the deposition of a notorious "witch" in a future post-apocalyptic Climate Changed community. The history of women in a world far more patriarchal than today, where one woman's knowledge as a midwife is challenged and another's is changed forever.
Like Father by Audrey T. Carroll
Andrea meets a local rich hermit. Curiosity gets the best of her and she follows him home to his family's estate. When the two of them are alone in the middle of the woods in the middle of the night, what can possibly go wrong? A modern day Gothic re-telling of Bluebeard.
No One's Land by Anne E. Johnson
In 1860 Morocco, Rajae wants her people to be free from colonialist invaders. But when the warring factions unite against an alien species, it makes Rajae wonder how humans can be so short-sighted.
Durnushka by Nikki Richard
A high school girl of Russian decent finds herself living with a foster family in Southwest Louisiana, and her dark past causes her to enact violent revenge upon those who hurt others. However, her righteous vendetta limits her ability form meaningful connections with others, and she struggles to accept the beauty in her scars.
Don't Shut Up! by Kimberly Fujioka
A young shoeless woman walks the berm, ankle deep in snow. On this lonely small town road, she waves away the only car that pulls up. Read Kimberly Fujioka's "Don't Shut Up!" to find out how one woman escapes sexual abuse.
Fixing Her Truck by Rage Hezekiah
A poem about the unexpected nature of desire.
The Cow Tower by Tara Calaby
What's a kingdom to do when the king's only heir is born with the head of a cow? A new fairy tale by Tara Calaby.
Forever an Other by Joan Brown
A short story set during the 1920's about a young European/Native American woman who leaves the logging camps of Louisiana and travels to a remote area in Oregon.
Border Talk by Emily K. Michael
In "Border Talk," disability activist and poet Emily K. Michael explores the everyday politics of labels. Though she chooses to call herself "blind," she finds that others don't respect this label and won't try to understand it. Each social encounter offers an opportunity for Emily to assert her identity and negotiate with a community in which representations of blindness are limited and one-dimensional. This essay makes a case for a blindness that defies erasure, a blindness as multi-faceted as any other kind of human experience.
One Quiet Night by Asha Bardon
It only takes one quiet night for humanity to die...
Everyone expects zombies and nuclear fire to herald the destruction of the Earth but the end, at least in this tale, comes much more quietly. Your daughter is sick, the entire world is dying, and there's nothing you can do.
Step into the shoes of a single mother whose daughter doesn't just have a bug but is one of millions afflicting with a terrifying virus which is quietly decimating humanity.
And you're not the only one watching her die.
El Naddaha by P.K. Tyler
Nadirah barely sleeps, never dreams, and her parents have always forbidden her to go swimming. When she moves to a lake side town to begin college, she finds out why.
A Mermaid Tale by Rachel Steiger-Meister
On an isolated island, a fisher girl's life changes when someone strange washes ashore
Cookies by Catherine Schaff-Stump
Jane believes she has escaped her abusive childhood until her oldest brother re-enters her life, causing her to question the family mythology.
The Lion and the Dragonslayer by Jennifer R. Donohue
When the village of Orford asked for help with a dragon, they didn't expect the king to send a woman, no matter how big her sword is.