Uncollected Anthology Series
anthology: a collection of selected literary pieces
uncollected: not collected or gathered together
oxymoron: a combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings
The Uncollected Anthology series is indeed an oxymoron. Sprung from the minds of seven fabulous authors who love fantasy, short stories, and each other’s writing, the series’ main goal is to bring you quality urban fantasy fiction.
Every three months, the authors pick a theme and write a short story for that theme. But instead of bundling the stories together, they each sell their own stories. No muss, no fuss—you can buy one story, or you can buy them all. (We’ll be honest: we hope you buy them all!)
Uncollected Anthology: When you can’t get enough of the stories you love.
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Issue 12: Spells Gone Awry
Nightmares of drowning crowd Merilee’s sleep. Deep, dark, endless water.
It must mean something. She is a witch, after all.
But when three men break into her house and the spell Merilee casts to escape goes horribly wrong, she has too many other things to worry about other than drowning.
Until it’s too late…
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The Sufferance of Shark Gods
First, our FABULOUS guest writer, Steve Mohan, Jr.!
MAGIC SAILS INTO HARMS WAY
Matthew Panagopoulos is a loner, a Greek-American, a long-suffering fan of the Cleveland Browns, and a lieutenant in the United States Navy. He’s also one other thing.
The wizard thing isn’t his choice—he wants nothing to do with magic or the occult, but what he wants doesn’t matter. He was born with a gift—and there’s a strict no-return policy.
Matt’s the operations officer on a warship racing toward the Sea of Japan to avert an international crisis. It’s a new ship with an old name. An unlucky name.
In the closing days of WWII, another Indianapolis was sent to the bottom of the sea by a Japanese torpedo. The survivors of the submarine attack floated in the sea for days. During that hellish stretch of time, nearly six hundred men died of exposure, dehydration, and something else.
The new Indianapolis has the same bad luck. She, too, is destined to sink—unless a young wizard can overcome a wisecracking demon, a jealous Greek god, the worst storm to ever hit the North Pacific, and the echoes of a terrible childhood trauma to win
THE SUFFERANCE OF SHARK GODS
Coconut Cream Magic
Who knew the epic fail of a cooking spell could lead to naked house demolition? And then could get so much worse…
I try to conjure a pie for my grandmother’s birthday. Heh. Right. That goes sideways in an explosion of wrong and coconut cream filling. But it might not be the worst thing that ever happens. Maybe. Maaaaybe. Because to get everything I ever wanted I will have to face down the most frightening and unbending creature on this plant. Naked.
So, that’s going to go real well. Oh yeah. Really well
Faerie Maeve Hemlock, lead detective in the Spells and Misdemeanours Bureau of Crossroad City, confronts a wraith about a report of an unauthorized spell.
A routine disturbance. Until the wraith tries to bedazzle her.
Now Maeve must use all her magic to stop a spell and save her life.
Urban fantasy with an edge, the stories of Crossroad City weave tales where magic and the normal world collide. Where detective Maeve Hemlock and the Spells and Misdemeanours Bureau struggle to keep the law and the magic in check to save all.
Pascal protects magical items for Abracadabra Inc. But when he finds his latest job thwarted by disruptive magic, he decides to find its source.
Because Pascal knows how much powerful magic runs through Paris. Old magic. New magic. Wild magic. Dangerous magic, all.
Pascal thinks he knows what he will find when he tracks the magic’s creator. But what he finds might prove only the beginning.
“Kristine Kathryn Rusch is one of the best writers in the field and ‘Dragon’s Tooth’ does not disappoint…Rusch gives us a delightful tale here!”
—SFRevu on Dragon’s Tooth: An Abracadabra Inc. Novella
When Amelia botched her first spell as a kid, her parents grounded her. And then they enrolled her in an after-school program that taught her how to fix her screw ups.
She loved it so much she decided to open her own business helping people who can’t get their spells to work quite right.
Now the best spell reclamation wizard in the business, Amelia’s never run into a spell she couldn’t fix. Until now. And worst of all, the spell in question is one of her own, pirated by a shady online wizarding school out to bilk unsuspecting wannabe wizards and ruin Amelia in the process.
Return to the magical Pacific Northwest city of Moretown Bay in Annie Reed’s “The Fixer,” a story of good magic gone seriously wrong.
By day, rookie lawyer Nicole Farmer runs a struggling solo practice in the tough town of Amistad, Connecticut. But Nicole hides a terrifying secret: by night, unquiet spirits call to her on the dream plane, seeking revenge and healing. Nicole takes on these special cases pro bono, despite the toll they take on her life and career.
When Lizzie, the spirit of a young woman, demands an audience, Nicole answers her call and takes her supernatural case. Now, Nicole must stop a killer bent on striking again in her daily world. A supernatural mystery in a spooky, otherworldly setting, Avenge Me will take you on a wild, emotional ride.
Releasing the Spell
If you’re gonna buy a spell, go to someone legit. Bargain spells? Well, you get what you pay for…
When hapless Roberta comes to Portland hedgewitch Holly asking for help with a botched spell, Holly stumbles into the spell’s trap as well. Her best bet: find the witch who created the spell. In the middle of a snowstorm.
And in the process, figure out why Roberta’s boss scares her so much…
A new story in the spellbinding Hedgewitch urban fantasy series by the author of the Nikki Ashburne Ghosted stories.
The Bee-Keeper’s Daughter
A ghostly swarm of bees haunt Elizabeth. They coat strangers in pollen while holding her still, making her watch.
Then they come for her. Sting her. Give her magical power, but at such a cost.
Why do they attack her? What do they want? And how can she make them go away?
Set in the same world as “The Midnight Gardener” and “Lost Stars”.
Part of the Uncollected Anthology series, written for the theme, “Bewitching Love.”
The Mouse Who Laughed
As a familiar, Ina expected to bond happily ever after with a single master or mistress.
And certainly not three.
But when her current Master turns on her, attacks her, she breaks the bond and flees for her life.
What’s a poor mouse to do?
If you need a pick-me-up, “The Mouse Who Laughed” fits the bill nicely as a warm fantasy about learning to stand on your own two (or four) feet.
Candles and Shadows
Pearl’s greatest magical gift? Knowing exactly what someone needs before they do. Opening up a magic shop seemed like the perfect way to help her use her gift.
The problem? The beautiful smartly-dressed woman who just walked in.
This woman wants something. Something only Pearl can provide.
Pearl’s fear? Figuring out exactly what this woman needs. And what the cost may be…
Pauli, the most recent of the Paulaleena fairies, must creep out of the woods and renew the pact with the human mayor of the nearby city.
The pact that keeps the world safe from the Dark Ones.
The pact forged by blood.
When this human mayor insists on seeing the Dark Ones herself, they both get more than they bargained for.
Wilson’s house is infested by pesky stars that dive-bomb him when he’s cooking or trying to relax.
Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Possibly it’s only one star. And kinda friendly, at that.
But it keeps coming at him. Disrupting his orderly life. Distracting him while he’s cooking.
He just has to deal with it. Make it behave.
He never considers the possibility that maybe it’s a sign…
Set in the same world as The Midnight Gardner.
The Sweet Shop
Tong Yi waits for something to happen—for his brother to return from the war zone, for his boss to trust him again, for his magical training to be expanded.
Then powerful wizard Uncle Bei takes him to The Sweet Shop—a magic shop more special and strange than Tong Yi has ever imagined.
Tong Yi finally returns to the war zone as well, delivering a message to a client he’d never expected.
But he must now make a decision about the war, about his place in it, about his magical training.
And everything, everything, has a price.
War On All Fronts
By Leah Cutter
Tong Yi carries the mysterious message of Zhang Gua Loa back to his boss.
The immortal had said there would be war. But between whom? And why?
Huli Transport takes advantage of the situation to become the messenger service of choice in the war zone. They promise to remain neutral, and to deliver messages to all sides.
In the meantime, Tong Yi has battles of his own to fight, both with his older brother and his own growing understanding of magic.
But in the middle of a war, is it possible for him to remain neutral? Or has his side already been chosen for him?
This novella is a sequel to the story, Dancing with Tong Yi which appeared in Uncollected Anthology, Issue 1: Magical Motorcycles.
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The Midnight Gardener
Now she must discover what it means to hold her heart open for another.
The Last Dancing Leaves
The adults claim that the electro-magnetic-pulse (EMP) knocked the world offline.
But nothing came back online afterward. And so the old world died.
Something important had changed. Rifts opened. Myst pooled in the cities and other places men lived, killing everyone, everything that didn’t flee.
Dark things live there now.
Evil things. Magic things.
But the kids know that not just evil creeps out of the myst. Good creatures come too: like the cat-woman with the tattooed fangs, the eight-legged dog boy, and the witches.
Brendon watches for the witches every year, hoping the Winter Witch will bless the blue-dragon-eggs he gathered, will hatch the beings hidden within.
For he knows they need something more to fight the myst and the creatures crawling out of it. Or else humanity is doomed.
This short story inspired the novel Of Myst and Folly.
Dancing with Tong Yi
Tong Yi works for Huli Transport, a company that specializes in rides and transportation for those who aren’t quite human.
When the newest job comes up—delivering a message to Zhang Guo Lao, one of the Eight Immortals—Tong Yi assumes the job will be tricky because the immortal likes to play games.
He has no idea that Zhang Guo Lao isn’t the only one interested in “dancing” with him.