Signal boost: Broken Time Blues

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Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring ’20s, or as some of you folks may remember it from it’s twitter hashtag, #20spec, is now available for sale on Amazon. From the publisher’s description:

No blind tigers or poisonous coffin varnish here! Broken Time Blues is a classy establishment, see? The cat’s meow. So toss on your glad rags and get a wiggle on! Make sure no one’s following you, then take a right down the alley and knock three times on the brown door. There won’t be a sign. Code word’s “applesauce.” It’s okay to get your friends hip to the jive, but hush—speakeasy. Bulls and Mrs. Grundys are always listening. Inside you’ll be entertained by twelve hotsy-totsy tales. An alien burlesque dancer; a monstrous, people eating goddess, a buried city of automatons; Picasso as a villainous, flesh-sculpting wizard; ; a fae detective; a bootlegging chicken; and more. Broken Time Blues: the 1920s as you’ve never seen them before. You’ll go goofy for it.

This anthology is going to be amazing. From the braaaaains that brought you zombie erotica via Rigor Amortis, this features speculative stories set in the roaring 20’s that are sure to blow away any preconceptions you had of the prohibition era. The  table of contents nothing short of brilliant:

The Sharing by James Sutter
Chickadee by Frank Ard
Semele’s Daughter by John Dewey Nakamura Remy
The Automatic City By Sarah Hendrix
Button Up Your Overcoat by Barbara Krasnoff
Nor the Moonlight by Andrew Romine
Jack and the Wise Birds by Lucia Starkey
Madonna and Child, In Jade by Amanda C. Davis
Der Graue Engel by Jack Graham
The Purloined Ledger by Ari Marmell
Fight Night by Ryan McFadden
A Drink for Teddy Ford by Robert Jackson Bennett

Art by Galen Smith and Evan Jensen

Edited by Jaym Gates and Erika Holt

If you’re going to WorldCon, be sure to stop by the launch party and shake a leg. Saturday, August 20th at 2pm. There will be readings by many of the author’s and who knows, maybe even some prohibited spirits, if you know the right people.

Posted on 12 Aug 2011 #signal boost