Community of Magic Pens (May 2020, Atthis Arts):
Magic pens, in every form, spark stories in many different genres. That’s what this book is all about. Enjoy the imagination of writers from all over the world and discover the sense of community a simple object like a pen can give us.
My sci-fi short story, Memory Malfuction, is about an android applying for a job as an intergalactic antiques salesman. The company bosses, however, have their doubts…
Eclectic, imaginative, and unexpected, Community of Magic Pens features forty genre-spanning flash and short stories—including fantasy, humor, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, satire, and mystery—bringing together a rich group of diverse voices from a wide range of backgrounds and intersections.
Fountain pens, markers and ink, charcoals, spy pens, a braille writer, a printing press, virtual reality, and a supernatural pizza: whether revealing unspoken truths, fighting injustice, or finding friendship and love, our pens have power. Join us as a recent graduate of superhero school struggles to understand her gift, a disabled android interviews for a job, a queen’s conscripted artist must pull reality from illustrations on parchment, and a grandmother’s secret room is…better kept a secret. Tales of struggle and triumph, compassion and hope: Community of Magic Pens is a celebration of our shared story.
When you visit the Atthis Arts website (where you can also order the ebook and paperback), you can download an awesome free poster made by Ava Kelly on the same page; it features the title in the languages spoken by the book’s authors.
Cover art by Artistic Journey.