The Firedance Anthology
Words That Burn
A SEARING SELECTION OF SHORT STORIES from the circle of Firedance authors on the theme of "Firedance", a collection bound to paint pictures in your mind, tug on your heartstrings and whisper in your ear.
The child, the girl, slowly rose up out of the water, then turned away, laughing, and skipped and danced over the path of fire towards the setting sun.
My kind, the Fire Dancers, we make the machines work. We harvest the sun for energy.
The star had been growing closer to the atmosphere. The forests burned with fire that ran across the ground like sunlight at daybreak. It was a ragged, wild dance that left the land exhausted...
Tales of the Shonri: City of Lights
DARKNESS NEVER FALLS in the City of Lights. The last hope of a broken world, the remaining Shonri warriors brave the ever-vigilant city to fight their war against the vicious Magi – or meet their deaths. For the last witch Medina, powerful, seductive, and untrustworthy, has sold her art to their enemies.
Can the handful of Shonri end the battle before Medina’s magic reveals them? Can Medina survive her attempts to use the Magi for her own means? And can any of them live with the results of the battle they are about to face…
For while they scheme and fight, something stirs beneath the City of Lights… something more perilous than death itself…
If the story requires it - Stephen Godden
As a writer I have no real problem with heading straight for the dark-side. I'll write a torture scene or a bloody fight scene or some nasty vicious bit of political chicanery without a qualm if the story requires it. But that's the important bit, If the story requires it. I do not write torture porn because I don't really see the point. A story with the single purpose of showing people being treated abominably is a story I really don't want to read.
It's writers missing the point. The point of blood and gore is not the blood and gore, it's the story and the story can't just be, 'Here's some blood and gore, aren't my characters nasty pieces of work?' It's like they read Elric and identified with Stormbringer....
JASON HAS SPENT THE LAST SIX YEARS living wild on beaches. Now he’s seventeen and a feral girl walks into his life.
A girl with no name.
He calls her Anna. She’s fun, she’s kind—and she’s the most dangerous person in the world. The most unusual love story, and a truly strange war story…
Expect Civilian Casualties turns how we see the world upside down.
GARY BONN lives in Scotland with his family and an alarming number of accident-prone chickens. His writing is informed by his long experience working with children with social, behavioural or mental health difficulties and equally by his fascination with hunter-gatherer societies. He throws a mean spear.
His novels, Expect Civilian Casualties and The Evil And The Fear, are published by Firedance Books.