Michael Canfield writes about monsters, superheroes, couples, babies, astronauts, paranoids, obsessives, and other people. He has published mystery, fantasy, science fiction, horror and just-plain-odd stories on fiction sites including StrangeHorizons, Spinetingler, EscapePod, Daily Science Fiction, in dead-tree magazines including Realms of Fantasy, Talebones, and Black Gate, and other places. "Super-Villains" was also republished in the prestigious Fantasy: The Year's Best series, edited by Rich Horton (Prime Books). Born in Las Vegas, he now lives, works, plays, writes, and watches television in Seattle and Los Angeles.
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For Dan, the restoration job means more than money, it means a chance to work past the accident that took his young wife’s life. Yet it also means seeing Nayoni again, and facing feelings he has never moved beyond. Not when she married a rich architect - and certainly not now - as Nayoni reaches out to Dan - the only one who can help her escape the living hell of her existence.
9 Dark Tales
From around the block, across dimensions, and beyond, come nine disturbances in the fabric of reality: Stairwell to Hell, The Book of Thomas Welte, Solid House, The Common Knight, Transporter Technology, Nameless Man, Citadel Ninety-Nine, Too Much Information About Joss Kaffee, The Story Boat. Note: This edition combines stories from two short collections: HORROR QUARTET and THE COMMON KNIGHT.
Temple City Strange: A Weird Western
Wyatt Quake - gambler, outlaw, lover, rascal - riding one step ahead of the gallows - finds a peculiar silver-mining town run by singular woman with a task that needs performing by such a man as he. Simple task really - steal the bejeweled skull guarding the local gates of Hell. Now devil hordes rise, and demon magic reigns in the desert. And a nice clean noose doesn't sound so bad, after all.
Voyage To The Cloud Planet
Ambitious Kiter Io’s posting to a daring diplomatic mission hosted by the race known as The Understanders represents his chance to join the new enlightenment era. When a suspicious disaster kills the rests of his delegation, Kiter faces an unknown world alone, yet still must fight to bring the vestiges of a once-great civilization spanning thousands of worlds out of darkness at last.
Blue City: A Novel
Recovering from a life-altering tragedy, Greg - bright, formerly-ambitious - has grown to accept life’s little curveballs. Then a mysterious, half-mad, figure crosses his path. The pair become inextricably bound, sending Greg on a nocturnal comic quest to recover something the madman has taken from him, something that truly does still matter - even if it means facing the phantoms of his past.
Oddball Invaders: 6 Quirky Tales of Alien Conquest
An eerie glow in the desert. An aging musician trapped post-cataclysm. A gentleman with offer from another planet. A young scientist on a world in crisis. A traditional, yet deadly, game. 5 tales of rampaging giants, desperate world-saving gambits, Faustian bargains…and little green men: Attack of the 50 Ft. Cosmonaut, Mr. Drayo’s Visit, The Oldies Progression, Send Our Love, and Joy On Mudball.
Aliens: 5 Science Fiction Stories
From inner to outer space, from the day-after-tomorrow to the end of time and beyond, come five possible futures: An Alien Zoo Story, Stainless, Ki'f, Devoted, Camerado, and The Soft Invasions. NOTE: These stories are also included in the longer collection: US AND...THEM.
Pain Thieves: A Novel of Horror
For Henry, who flushes success away at each turn, the Hotel Stephen Crane–shambling Gothic edifice in an aging city–means a chance to get clean.
For damaged young artist, Bryn, it offers a first start.
Yet, after death takes an innocent, a curse seems to envelop their world.
A malevolence rises–one more irresistible than an addiction, one unlike anything Henry or Bryn has ever faced before.
Apocalypse x 7: Offbeat Doomsday Stories
Seven startling versions of the world ending - one for every day of the week: Hour of the Snowflake, Wednesday, Think of a Pink Ship, Facts About Gel, The Crossing, A Flavor of Quark, & Junk Silver.
Carlo loves his great life. His best friend, Buddy Wu, knows all the hotspots. Gambling, drinking, drugs, girls, and every other kind of way to live well. Buddy even introduces him to Lise Sand, the woman of his dreams. But when someone within this close circle turns up dead, Carlo’s world spins off its axis. Now he must find a way to set everything right. Even if it costs him everything he has.
From far-flung worlds to just-around-the-corner nightmares—four science fiction excursions on the dark side: The Language of Monsters, Landing Day, The Mushroom King, & Cure!
Aliens, thugs, spies, and super-flu. Approximately 25,000 words of gripping, hardboiled, science fiction.
A Man, A Woman, and A Concrete Tomb
The people who once believed he really worked for them decide to fix Cole up good. They know he has unexpected resources, but even he can't shoot or talk his way out of solid concrete. Maybe. But Cole doesn't give up easy. And what about the girl? A liability–or the key to the whole fatal puzzle? Thugs, guns, beauty, and death: just another night at the Caravan Motel off US 95, the late 1950's.
Even before Turner met Carmen, he doubted he could mask his dark obsessions beneath a quiet exterior much longer.
Carmen: young, bold, breathtaking. Turner can't say he's never met a woman like her before; because he has. Years ago.
Carmen has an obsession of her own, but she needs time. And money. Maybe she and Turner can help each other. All it takes is sex, betrayal, and murder.
Red Jacket: A Novel with a Superhero
New York. Tough place for a young, black superhero to fight crime, pay rent, and have a love life. Tough enough, that is, even before the city's mightiest champions enter a transdimensional rift, answering a call-to-arms against alien invaders. Now it's up to Red Jacket and a handful of other "rear guardians" to save the world's greatest metropolis. Or die trying.
419 Memoirs & Other Strange Stories
Voyages to impossible pasts, bizarre futures, and skewed-but-recognizable versions of the present.
Includes The Food Processor, Library Rules, They Get Away from You, Once Upon a Time At the Learning Annex, A Flavor of Quark, Whatever Happened to NinjaBaby?, The Whited Child, The Plastic Fruit Museum, and more. Plus two novel excerpts: Red Jacket, and Growing Up Zombie, and other extras.
Growing Up Zombie
The last living, breathing resident of Harlen township discovers the perfect substance to repel the living dead. Too late to save his Grandpa, or even the town bully.
Now he must set out on a desperate cross-country odyssey of survival and self-discovery. Where it leads, he can't say. But he does know he will learn to grow up in world of zombies.
Or not grow up at all.
In Excelsior City trouble finds everybody. Lang Lofton's busy managing his media empire atop the Kryse Building and roaming the night as a masked vigilante. He's got an new problem too: no villains left to defeat. Until his arch-enemy Archetype goes free. And just as the Venus Diamond goes on display at the Supernatural Wonders Museum. Then a deadly new player appears. Coincidence? No.
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