Jack-o'-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy

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Jack-o'-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy is a planned paperback anthology of speculative short stories, flash fiction, and poetry about Halloween and the traditions and legends surrounding it. Jack-o'-Spec will feature the many faces of science fiction, fantasy, and horror Halloweens: steampunk Halloweens, post-apocalyptic Halloweens, alternate history Halloweens, outer space Halloweens, and noir Halloweens, not to mention new speculative takes on Halloween perennials, such as haunted houses, witches, ghosts, vampires, and, of course, jack-o'-lanterns.

Edited by Karen A. Romanko, Jack-o'-Spec will be published by Raven Electrick Ink, publisher of Retro Spec: Tales of Fantasy and Nostalgia, Cinema Spec: Tales of Hollywood and Fantasy and Sporty Spec: Games of the Fantastic. The anthology is scheduled for release in September 2011.

Annotated Table of Contents for Jack-o'-Spec:

  • Jude-Marie Green, "Defying Gravity," fiction.
  • Jill M. Riga, "Bad Reputation," poem.
  • Leslie Brown, "Incursion," fiction.
  • Kendall Evans, "Deceiving the Dead," poem.
  • Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy, "Forty-Eight Hours a Year," fiction.
  • Gregory L. Norris, "The Two Houses," fiction.
  • Michael M. Jones, "Who Killed the Pumpkin King?" fiction.
  • Bruce Boston, "Halloween Hunchback," poem.
  • Elissa Malcohn, "Visitations," fiction.
  • Shannon Connor Winward, "All Souls' Day," poem.
  • Paul L. Bates, "Unwanted Children," fiction.
  • Geoffrey A. Landis, "Monsters," poem.
  • Cliff Winnig, "The Experiment," fiction.
  • Robert Borski, "Halloween (The Planet)," poem.
  • Samantha Henderson, "Sugar Skulls," fiction.
  • Nancy Ellis Taylor, "Dia de los Muertos/LA," poem.
  • John F.D. Taff, "The Lacquered Box," fiction.
  • Alexandra Seidel, "Tricks and Treats," poem.
  • James S. Dorr, "The Leaves," fiction.
  • Lyn C. A. Gardner, "The Chant of the Black Cats," poem.
  • Joe Nazare, "The Day after Halloween," fiction.
  • Alexandra Seidel, "Lanterns," poem.
  • Marge Simon, "Traditions," fiction.
  • Daniel R. Robichaud II, "Autumn Jitters," fiction.
  • Karen A. Romanko, "Death in a Harlequin Suit," fiction.
  • Jason S. Ridler, "The Night Ol' Jack Came Back," fiction.