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Over 30 authors and artists contributed to this volume, including: Pete Mesling, Aaron Polson, Steve Goble, Breanna R. Teintze, Rodney J. Smith, Stoney M. Setzer, Jonathan D. Stiffy, Marshal Latham, Margaret Karmazin, Jonathan Shipley, Cate Gardner, Rachel Starr Thomson, T. J. McIntyre, J. J. Steinfeld, Rachel Kolar, Mark Joseph Kiewlak, Michael W. Garza, R. L. Copple, Fred Warren, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Joyce Frohn, Carole McDonnell, Kat Heckenbach, Ray Foy, Harper Hull, S. J. Higbee, Jeff Draper, Richard H. Fay, John C. Mannone, Brad Foster, and Lance Red.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146372232X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463722326
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,726,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the things I truly love about this anthology was the diversity. All of the speculative genres are covered here, from fantasy to science fiction and horror, as well as several sub-genres of fantasy including magical realism. Too, though most of the materials here are short stories, not all are; there are a handful of poems, a short play, as well as some other works a little more difficult to explain. In a collection such as this, there are often at least a few stinkers, but I can honestly say I enjoyed everything I read here, with a handful of favorites. The first story that really popped out at me was "Fragments" by Aaron Polson, a tale of a mother who sacrifices everything for her children. Steve Goble's "The Blood of Thousands" I had read before, but it remained just as strong on second reading and is truly one of the most different vampires tales I've read. The one-act play, "God's Work," by J.J. Steinfeld stands out not only because it is a play, thus a different reading format, but for its way with words and an ending that is surprising though not necessarily a twist ending. "Hit the Button" by S. J. Higbee is one of the most charming tales of the lot, though it deals with a theme that touches us all, how we cope with loss. All of the stories touch upon spiritual aspects, some with broad stripes while others a more narrow focus, but none are too over-the-top or preachy by any means.
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The best short stories are those that touch us in our personal spaces--like a song that vibrates our heart chords with just the right melody, meter, and words. They speak to us at that place where we're the most receptive for a given place and time.

The collection of stories, poems, and illustrations bound within the covers of While the Morning Stars Sing will speak to you in that way if you're open to speculative musings about life with spiritual themes. They are generally very overt in following their genres: whether science fiction ("We Are Us" by T.J. McIntyre), horror ("The Blood of Thousands" by Steve Goble), fantasy ("Patron Saint" by Breanna Teintze), romance ("Butterflies Dancing" by Rachel Thomson), or even folklore ("A Fisherman's Tale" by Pete Mesling).

Each has harmonizing chords, some louder than others, that enhance the melody of their narrative with a tone evoking deeper meanings, like a vocal backed by organ or choir.

I especially liked "Fragments" by Aaron Polson for it's buildup of mystery that ends with an aching heart-tug, and "Mound of Mud" by Fred Warren for its simple humor and appealing characters operating within a fantastic situation; and "One Blink For Yes" by Margaret Karmazin because it proves that someone besides me has read Journeys Out of the Body.

The "spiritually infused" theme of the collection is an excellent orchestration by the editor, Lyndon Perry, and aptly resonates with the stories published on his website, Residential Aliens.

My own contribution to the anthology is "Davis and the Goth," which is my (embellished) reminiscence about being bullied in Bible Camp with the fervent desire for deliverance.
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