1 – Fire: Demons, Dragons and Djinn

The ability for people to control (to some extent at least) fire has long been held as one of the major events that contributed to human evolution, but when fire eludes or escapes our control it is also one of the most destructive forces on earth. Associated with passion, power, transformation and purification, fire is a ferocious element with an unquenchable appetite.

Discover the power of Fire and the creatures that thrive on it in these twenty-one stories, including: the true inspiration behind Jim Morrison’s songs; a special weapon used in World War II; the secret in the depths of a mortuary furnace; a fantastical card game; and a necromancer out on what may be his last job.

Featuring: Blake Jessop; Kevin Cockle; Lizbeth Ashton; Dusty Thorne; V.F. LeSann; K.T. Ivanrest; Hal J. Friesen; Laura VanArendonk Baugh; Krista D. Ball; Mara Malins; Claude Lalumière; Susan MacGregor; JB Riley; Damascus Mincemeyer; Heather M. O’Connor; Gabrielle Harbowy; R. W. Hodgson; Chadwick Ginther; Wendy Nikel; Annie Neugebauer; and J.G. Formato.

 

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“Rhonda Parrish’s fascination with all aspects of fire and fantasy has resulted in a gift to readers: Fire: Demons, Dragons, and Djinn is an incredibly eclectic and carefully curated collection of short stories. The theme is exactly as the title says – a stunningly original array of tales involving fire. There isn’t a clinker in the stack – every story focuses in some uniquely imaginative way on the mythological, religious/spiritual, historical, or fantastical attributes of fire. There is star-fire and hell-fire. There are mages and Djinn who command fire. There are gods and goddesses from all traditions who embody fire and control, or unleash, its power. There are dragons who breathe fire, demons who become fire, and in some cases, fire itself is a sentient character. The authors who have enriched this anthology are among the most imaginative storytellers I have ever read. Some flow in a cerebral vein, others are more empathetic or more visceral in their approach, but each story is a gem. I have my personal favorites, of course, but, really, the entire anthology is a treasure of incendiary delights and terrors which deserves a permanent spot on your e-reader’s shelf. Sample or binge-read at your leisure – this is not to be missed.”

— Melanie S., Reviewer