Phase 5 Annual Review: Short Fictions, Volume 1
Doriann's Choice by Allen Wold
The Shadow by Sergei Gerasimov
Drucy's Tale by K.R. Gentile
Observatory Gardens by James McCarthy
Passage by Michelle Herndon
Penance by Arnold Cassell
The Life of a Romantic by Nana P. Vej
Robbery by Michelle Herndon
Lil Red & The Baron by K.R. Gentile
Phase 5 Elements:
Science Fiction 1, Fantasy 2, Lessons 78
Classification: Science Fiction; Fantasy.
Appropriate for Teen and Adult readers: Non-graphic violence and death, vampirism, suggested sexual situations, infrequent profanity, artificial intelligence, theft and intent to do harm.
ISBN: 978-0-9835795-8-8 ebook
ISBN: 978-1-942342-90-8 paperback
ISBN: 978-1-942342-76-2 Kindle (.mobi)
About the Authors:
You can check out his podcasts on YouTube.
Author of: Penance (Short Story/Fantasy)
Author of: The Shadow, originally published in the Phase 5 Monthly Review.
Other publications include:
- "The Glory of the World", in Clarkesworld Magazine
- "The Most Dangerous Profession", in Fantasy Magazine
- "Speaking About Pancakes", in Strange Horizons
- "A Technological Forecast", in Adbusters Magazine, #71,
- "Sweaty, Fat Nightmare", in Adbusters Magazine, #68
- "Sunset in the Gulf of Cyclopses", in Oceans of the Mind,
- "Terra Fantastica", Optimism in literature around the world, and SF in particular, part 1
- "The Load of Study", in AlienSkin Magazine
- "The Glory of the World", Realms 2: The Second Year of Clarkesworld Magazine
- "The Glory of the World", in “The Apex Book of World SF”
- Approximately a hundred stories, in books and magazines, in Russia and Ukraine.
K.R. Gentile is an unwilling resident of Asheville, North Carolina and enjoys zeppelins, clockwork minions, warbot A.I.s, and secret volcano bases.
- The Tale-Seller's Night, a tale of The Scorched Earth, originally published in the Phase 5 Monthly Review
- Lil Red & The Baron, a tale of The Scorched Earth, originally published in the Phase 5 Monthly Review
- Drucy's Tale, a tale of The Scorched Earth, originally published in the Phase 5 Monthly Review
- ...The Colour of Time, a super-villain novella, also published in 3 Tales of Horror
She has a BFA in English from Western Carolina University; a PhD in religion and zoology from Miskatonic University; and she is working on a graduate degree in physics from the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. In her spare time she works in a bookstore when not hunting vampires.
- Winter's Hold, originally published in the Phase 5 Monthly Review.
- What a Shame, originally published in the Phase 5 Monthly Review.
- Passage, originally published in the Phase 5 Monthly Review.
- Robbery, originally published in the Phase 5 Monthly Review.
Author/Artist: James McCarthy
James McCarthy is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan in the 1950s, and was part of the first generation of kids raised on television. Besides cartoons and comedies, he enjoyed the fantasy and science fiction shows. He also has fond memories of having multiple seasons, and has a special love for the snow and ice of winter, which he sees little of in his current home in Brandon, Florida.
He cites those childhood memories to be a great source of inspiration now, especially when listening to music: prog rock, classical, fusion jazz, new age, electronic and medieval. He has been seriously painting sin 1999, and has exhibited artwork in galleries in the Tampa Bay area.
He graduated from Tampa Catholic High School and majored in painting at the University of South Florida. After school, he worked at Design/Art, a commercial art studio in Tampa which was run by his father, for 25 years until it closed in 2001.
Artist of thirteen art pieces to accompany The Observatory Gardens, which will soon be published as a story/art book by Phase 5.
Other publications: Several illustrations published by Foster Friends, a local children's book company.
Nanna P. Vej
She enjoys writing, reading and watching various TV-shows and movies.
Author of The Life of a Romantic, originally published in the Phase 5 Monthly Review.
He has published nine novels (six of which have been re-issued by ReAnimus Press), several short stories (mostly for the Elf Quest anthologies), five non-fiction books on computers (he's completely self-taught, and it probably shows), and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand).
Currently, Allen is still working on his epic heroic fantasy (3000 pages, 800,000 words); a vampire novel (no twinklies) in submission; a bizarre haunted house story that is far too long; and other projects in hand.
He also has a short collection of essays, Cat Tales, a collection of short stories, A Closet for a Dragon and Other Early Tales, and a haunted village novel, Stroad's Cross, all available from Amazon.
Allen has been running his version of a writer's workshop at various conventions for more than thirty years, and has had some success, since several people have not only finished but sold stories started in the workshop. He also runs a plotting workshop, an interactive lecture, which is a lot of fun, and which people have found helpful.
Allen is a member of SFWA, and nominated for the 2016-17 Manly Wade Wellman Award.
Author of Doriann's Choice, originally published in the Phase 5 Monthly Review.