Animythical Tales – short story collection

Publication Details

Publication Date: February 2010

Publisher: Fantastic Books, an imprint of Gray Rabbit Publishing, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 126


Table of Contents

Hieronymus Bosch

“A Fish Story”

Girl meets boy. Girl falls in love with boy. Girl tries to win boy’s affection by catching giant flying fish. Silliness ensues.

This story was originally published in Realms of Fantasy magazine and was later reprinted in the anthology Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition (Rich Horton, ed.) from Prime Books. This story also received an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 24th Edition (Gardner Dozois, ed.).


“The Man with the Seahorse Head”

When a seahorse-man meets a mermaid…

This story was the Regional Winner (for Canada & the Caribbean) in the 2007-2008 Commonwealth Short Story Competition and was professionally recorded for broadcast throughout the Commonwealth.


“Flatrock Sunners”

There are creatures in the river behind Danny’s house. They’re offering friendship, love, enlightenment. All they want in return is Danny’s innocence.

“Flatrock Sunners” was a winner in the 3rd Annual Black Quill Awards (Editor’s Choice: Best Dark Scribble category), awarded by Dark Scribe Magazine to honor works of dark genre literature from both mainstream and small press publishers. This story first appeared in August 2009 in the UK magazine Black Static Issue #12. It also received an honorable mention in The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 2 anthology (edited by Ellen Datlow).


“Pelly Medley”

He was an ornithologist studying seabirds on a remote island off the coast of Wales. One day he finds a mysterious box labeled Imaginary Friends that reacquaints him with his childhood.

This story is original to Animythical Tales.


“Bluecoat Jack”

Henry is a caretaker for the unloved and the abandoned–people he brings to his employer, Primrose Spring, who removes facets of their souls and sculpts them into works of art. Then one day, Henry falls in love with one of his charges. He belongs to Spring, though, and she won’t let him go for nothing.

This story appeared in Text:UR- The New Book of Masks anthology, edited by Forrest Aguirre and published by Raw Dog Screaming Press. This story also received an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2008 (Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, & Gavin Grant, eds.).


“A Sip from the Cup of Enlightenment”

Two teachers in a strange boarding school are infected by a mysterious plague that renders its victims omniscient.

This story was slated to appear in the anthology Polyphony 7 (Forrest Aguirre & Deborah Layne, eds.) from Wheatland Press in July 2010. However, the publisher folded before it could be published. Animythical Tales is the only venue in which this story has appeared. This story received an Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year Volume 3 anthology.


“Choke Point”

Would you sacrifice your best friend for the hope of romantic love?

This story appeared in Fantasy Magazine on December 28th, 2009.


“The Bone Fisher’s Apprentice”

A girl learning water magic from a malevolent master attempts to use it to cure her broken heart.

This story was a Third Place winner in the 2005 Writers of the Future Contest, the largest and most lucrative short story contest for new writers in the field of science fiction and fantasy. It was published in volume 22 of the Writers of the Future anthology series. This story also received an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007 (Kelly Link, Gavin Grant & Ellen Datlow, eds.).


“A Little Tea and Personal Magnetism”

George has a calling. He’s a philanthropist. A wordsmith. A lion-tamer. George has three callings! But his deathly fear of mice (and female bosoms) and his unnatural obsession with Sir Isaac Newton may stop him from achieving the Greatness that his mother assured him was his destiny. Or maybe what’s really stopping him is that kitten named Caligula.

This story is original to Animythical Tales.


“The Teasewater Five”

When Anna Lisa-Evans loses her only child, Midway, she creates lifelike substitutes for him in the form of miniature animals (The Teasewater Five), animated by her brother Marlow. They’re supernaturally alive. And supernaturally annoying. Then Anna-Lisa creates a replica of Midway who shows them that his predecessors were mere amateurs in the field of annoyance and disruption.

This story originally appeared in the anthology The Nine Muses (Forrest Aguirre & Deborah Layne, eds.) published by Wheatland Press and received an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2006 (Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant & Kelly Link, eds.).

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