Welcome to the wide world of paranormal pastimes, where striking out might strike you dead. Editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner are your announcers for this collection of the most peculiar plays ever made—including a story featuring Sookie Stackhouse and Manfred Bernardo…
Sports fans live and die by their teams’ successes and failures—though not literally. But these fifteen authors have written spirited—in more ways than one—tales of killer competitions that would make even the most die-hard players ask to be benched.
This anthology includes tales of unusual athletics by:
JAN BURKE • DANA CAMERON • ADAM-TROY CASTRO • BRENDAN DuBOIS • CHARLAINE HARRIS • TONI L. P. KELNER • CAITLIN KITTREDGE • WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER • ELLEN KUSHNER • MERCEDES LACKEY • JOE R. LANSDALE • LAURA LIPPMAN • SEANAN McGUIRE • BRANDON SANDERSON • SCOTT SIGLER
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.
Toni L. P. Kelner writes the Family Skeleton Mysteries as Leigh Perry and, under her own name, is the author of the “Where Are They Now?” Mysteries and the Laura Fleming mystery series. She has won an Agatha Award and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and has been nominated multiple times for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer awards.
Date of Birth:November 25, 1951
Place of Birth:Tunica, Mississippi
Education:B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
Read an Excerpt
Games. They bring out the best in us, the worst in us, the thing-we-never-expected in us. From couch potato games on Wii to computer games like World of Warcraft, from church leagues to the major leagues in baseball, from professional bowling to amateur wrestling, from the pankration event at the ancient Olympics to doing a 360 in a skateboard park, human beings just naturally like to test their limits, both mental and physical.
It's not much of a stretch to imagine that supernaturals like to do the same . . . or that otherworldly elements can enter the field of play.
In our latest anthology, you'll find stories that feature ghostly players, bloodthirsty interruptions, and competitions with deadly outcomes. We warn you: this may put you off gaming for a while.
But we don't think that will last long.
Toni L. P. Keln
What People are Saying About This
Praise for the editors’ previous collections:
“Exceptional authors…A captivating collection.” —Darque Reviews
“Entertaining and worth reading. This excellent collection will appeal to the growing legion of paranormal fans.” —Library Journal
“Experienced genre hands ensure the high quality.” —Booklist
“Fresh, interesting tales… [that] star some of the more famous series characters like Sookie Stackhouse.” —Alternative Worlds
“Thoroughly enjoyable.” —Monsters and Critics
“Delightful, entertaining, and chilling.” —Fresh Fiction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Games Creatures Play is an anthology of fifteen short stories edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L P Kelner. Fifteen very different stories from fifteen authors, including Scott Sigler, Laura Lippman and Brandon Sanderson; Harris and Kelner themselves also contribute. All the stories involve games, be they of the sporting type, children’s games or games of chance, and all involve some element of the supernatural. Thus, the reader gets real-life Capture-the-Flag, Hide-and-Seek with malevolent gods or with horrific consequences for the found, a fight-night where a dead victim gets revenge, car racing with the Devil, lacrosse with ghosts, taking on in a game of chance, Greek wrestling with a shapeshifters, fencing in a French finishing school, shoe-skating on thin ice, roller derby with monsters, softball with psychics, a haunted candlepin alley and baseball in the Safeway. Some of the stories are chilling, some are laugh-out-loud funny and some are just OK. At least one is so verbose it borders on being boring. Harris offers a meeting between Sookie Stackhouse and Manfred Bernardo that feels like a prelude to the Midnight, Texas novels. Kelner’s offering is clever, but the stand-out gem in this collection is Scott Sigler’s The Case of the Haunted Safeway, featuring Hunter Hunterson and family. This is a good chance to sample the wares of fifteen authors without committing to a full novel and worth reading for the Sigler story alone. A mixed bag. 3.5 stars
This is an anthology of game-based tales with a supernatural twist. The authors featured in this book are Jan Burke, Dana Cameron, Adam-Troy Castro, Brendan DuBois, Charlaine Harris, Toni L. P. Kelner, Caitlin Kitteredge, William Kent Krueger, Ellen Kushner, Mercedes Lackey, Joe R. Lansdale, Laura Lippman, Seanan McGuire, Brandon Sanderson, and Scott Sigler I’m a fan of Charlaine Harris and that’s why I got this anthology. Most of the stories were pretty good, but my biggest issue was that most of these stories were about ghosts and hauntings. When I hear creature I think big foot, mermaids, Nessie. Not so much of ghosts. But the stories for the most part were interesting reads. I have read other anthologies, and this is an above average one. Here’s a summary of each tale. In the Blue Hereafter: Manfred can’t escape his Grandmother’s game. Hide and Seek: A child’s game becomes much sinister, and with high stakes. Stepping into the Dead Zone: The new kid in class is more than he seems. Dead on the Bones: Revenge is a dish best served after death. The Devil Went Down to Boston: How far could one go to protect family? On the Playing Fields of Blood: A game that has a deadly purpose. The God’s Games: A lycanthrope is sent to the Olympics on a mission by the Gods. The Case of the Haunted Safeway: Sometimes a haunting isn’t so black and white. Pris de Fer: Too much pride can be deadly. Dreamer: An afterlife game False Knight on the Road: Sometimes a bargain with the devil can be something else than a soul Jammed: Roller derby and a derby girl death by non- human “hands” Hide and Shriek: Immortals get bored Ice: There’s something under the pond Bell, Book, and Candlepin: A curse wreaks it havoc on unsuspecting people This anthology isn’t a bad read if you like supernatural tales. Not a waste of time to read either.