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.
Three times a year, the authors pick a theme and write a short story for that theme. You can either buy a collected version of the stories, or buy the stories you’re most interested in individually.
Uncollected Anthology: When you can’t get enough of the stories you love.
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Issue 31: A Diversity of Dragons!
Enjoy the urban fantasy stories of the Uncollected Anthology: A Diversity of Dragons now together in this collection.
Beware of stray sand watch your hoard if looking for love. Summon spiritsor hide in disguise. Return home, secure the finest ingredients along with a little smoke, or break the bonds.
Explore the Uncollected Anthology with A Diversity of Dragons
It’s been fifteen months since the Cataclysm, when that gang of idiots broke the bonds between the planes and magic flooded the world.
I’ve read the reports. Saw snatches of the documentary. They thought they were doing everyone a favor. They were dreamers, believing that it would be neat if everyone could perform magic. Real magic. Rainbows and unicorns for all.
Fools hadn’t thought it all the way through.
Because along with the magic came the nightmares.
Werewolves. Ghosts. Zombies. Vampires.
And even worse—fire dragons.
Glitter Makes the Galaxy Go Round
The Fairies, Brownies, and Pixies (FBP) create spaceflight.
Those who want a job in the Space Corps end up as ticket takers. Maybe in hospitality or maintenance.
Odell dreams of something bigger.
Verifying the amount of glitter that coats a starship.
But does the position actually exist? Can Humans do it? And if it does, can she somehow prove herself capable?
Part of the NIMBY universe of stories.
Annabella Lee grew up in a small village, and now, Mistress had brought her to the wild city of San Francisco for the first time.
But something is wrong. Something in the air. Hungry. And angry.
Can Annabella Lee escape from the rogues who mean to trap her, so she can bring vital information back to Mistress?
The Abracadbra Pirates
Lizzie’s cute magic shop—Abracadabra—mostly sells to tourists and those who don’t have magic. Or a clue.
Unlike Lizzie, who has strong divination skills.
Which are ringing hard right now, as someone approaches her front door.
Lizzie’s future just arrived….
Suzi works as a tiler, bringing beauty to new homes. For the first time, Suzi chooses a job with a non-Human general contractor, a Pixie named Morning Blossom.
Probably the last time, as far as Suzi is concerned.
Yet, Morning Blossom invites Suzi to come meet her after work.
Pixies don’t really eat Humans, or Human babies. Really. Myths long since disproven.
Suzi’s still uncertain. What kind of Pixie games is she being drawn into? And what is it going to cost?
Set in the NIMBY universe!
FELICITY KEEPS HER DANCING FEET rolled up in her dancing shoes, like an extra pair of socks.
But what happens when your magic leads you astray?
Part of the Uncollected Anthology series, for the issue, “Supernatural Soirees.”
This story takes place in the same world as “The Midnight Gardener.”
Mazes & Labyrinths
As a minor goddess of sewing machines, Vivianne’s “temple”, such as it is, exists in one of those between places, not in a fixed location or time. As a result, she never has visitors. Instead, she goes where she is needed.
Until the messenger comes, telling her that the one who destroys gods and goddesses will be arriving shortly.
What can a minor goddess do to stop the destruction headed her way?
Ever since Bernadette’s younger brother transformed himself into a bird god, she’s kept the kitchen window open for him, in case he stops by.
But that morning, when he does make his appearance, he needs Bernadette’s help.
What help could Bernadette, who only has minor plant magic, give to one of the gods themselves?
With a Little Help From the Gods is another story in the same magic-realism universe as The Midnight Gardener and The Last Little Dogie. A little different than your average Seattle, with strange magic and stranger sites on every corner.
Edmund Alexander Montgomery, IV, works on the committee for the annual funeral director’s convention at the Crossroads Hotel.
His job? Handle any emergency the humans at the convention throw at him.
Even when Elvis and the Impersonators, the headliners for the convention, cancel.
He will survive this. Even if it involves funeral directors. Performing.
The Talent Show asks, and tries to answer that most serious of questions, what do you call a collection of funeral directors?
Part of the Uncollected Anthology, Issue 20: Crossroads Hotel.
Janice still can’t believe it. She has an invitation to the royal fairy ball!
Finally. It’s her time. She can be…discovered.
Janice practices her model strut, perfects her makeup, and has a friend help her with coming up with the perfect outfit.
But will it be enough? Is it finally her time? Is her life about to change forever?
“Invitation to the Ball” follows the journey of Janice, a fairy with big dreams.
Part of the Uncollected Anthology, Issue 19: Silver Linings.
Set in the NIMBY-verse. Be sure to read the other stories as well:
“The Fairy Boy Band”
“The Ice Skating Fairy”
“The Perfect Shoes”
Dani loves the four proud and goofy chickens that she raises in the middle of downtown Seattle. However, there are always challenges with chickens in urban areas, like cats and raccoons.
And feathered serpents who decide to mate with her chickens.
“The Challenges of Raising Urban Chickens” is a light take on issues that you might not realize are possible when it comes to raising chickens!
MELVIN FOUND THE FIRST LITTLE dogie who’d gone missing—the largest runt of his cattle herd—in an old grand fir, about twenty feet up above his head. He figured she got there by trying to jump over the moon (again) and missing something fierce. She either got stuck in the tree on her way up, or landed in it on her way down.
Join Melvin in his search for his unusual little dogies out in the charming wild as well as the twisted city.
Part of the Uncollected Anthology series, for the issue, “Urban Western.”
This story takes place in the same world as “The Midnight Gardener.”
Fairy Tale Fates
Beauty has a Fate. A Destiny. To keep dating loser and “beasts” until she manages to find that prince hidden underneath that bad boy exterior.
But what if she doesn’t want to? What if she wants to take control of her own destiny?
Fairy Tale Fates is part of the Uncollected Anthology, issue 16: Fairy Tales
The Perfect Shoes
It’s the week before Valentine’s Day, so a young brownie’s thoughts turn to love. And shoes. Of course.
Everyone knows that brownies make the best shoes. It’s their special magical talent.
But what happens when Pedro, a young brownie, finds that his true love rejects his shoes?
Can he find the answer to making her the perfect shoe?
A whimsical and charming fairytale, sure to warm you all the way down to your toes.
Set in the NIMBY-verse. Be sure to read the other stories as well:
Ao Dan works as a wizard for Huli Transport. He primarily opens portals to transport messengers and goods between places.
Easy. Non-complicated. Even if Ao Dan has taken off time recently to grieve the loss of his partner and has not done any magic in a while.
But hitchhikers can always show up. Dangerous creatures from other planes tunneling through to this world.
When a demon nearly kills Ao Dan on his first day back at work, the confrontation starts Ao Dan questioning everything he knows about magic, as well as Huli Transport.
“Transformations” introduces the Huli Transport office in San Francisco, expanding the universe and this fascinating alternate world.
Be sure to read the other Huli Transport stories, including the origin story, “Fox and Hound” as well as the novel, “The Immortals’ War.”
“Surprisingly deep urban fantasy”–Tangent Online
The Fairy Boy Band
Oswald just wants to enjoy the peace and quiet of his suburban home.
But he can’t. Not with the stupid fairies playing music in his backyard.
Every. Single. Night.
But what can a poor human do? He agreed to the arrangement. The home owners association papers had spelled the time-share out quite clearly.
Still, desperate times call for desperate measures.
Particularly when dealing with a fairy boy-band.
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…
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.