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It was during a late-night conversation that the phrase "Release the Virgins" was spoken. Seemingly nonsensical, it stuck in our minds, and turned into a group project that would lead to an anthology.

We brought the idea to a crowd-funding site, which interested enough people to provide the seed funding to turn this anthology into reality. We took that springboard, and gave eighteen talented authors the task of writing a great story with only one guideline: the story had to include the phrase "Release the Virgins."

The results are surprisingly varied and creative: science fiction, fantasy, outright comedy, serious imaginings… in this anthology, you’ll find Manhattan gangsters, sad superheroes, marathon-running aliens, teenage Cthulhu worshippers, ghost dinosaurs, computer hackers, and even a unicorn or two. And we think you'll agree: it's a good thing that phrase stuck in our minds.

Featuring stories by: Nebula, Hugo, and Stoker Award-winner David Gerrold; Hugo Award-winners Allen M. Steele and Lawrence Watt-Evans; IAMTW Grandmaster Keith R.A. DeCandido; Skylark Award-winners Daniel M. Kimmel, Sharon Lee, and Steve Miller; WSFA Small Press Award-winner Alex Shvartsman; and Matt Becthel, Shariann Lewitt, Gordon Linzner, Gail Z. Martin, Jody Lynn Nye, Beth W. Patterson, Hildy Silverman, Patrick Thomas, Cecilia Tan, and Brian Trent.

"Release the Virgins is a hoot of an anthology! Fun, weird, and wildly entertaining!" —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Silence and V-Wars

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515423843
Publisher: Wilder Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2019
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ian Randal Strock

Introduction by Michael A. Ventrella

Valedictory by Lawrence Watt-Evans

Sidekicked by Hildy Silverman

Command Decision by Steve Miller

Are You There, Cthulhu? It’s Me, Judy by Beth W. Patterson

Innocence Lost by Gail Z. Martin

How Mose Saved the Virgins of Old New York by Allen M. Steele

The Fires of Rome by Jody Lynn Nye

Salvage by Shariann Lewitt

The Midwinter of Our Discontent by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Coming Attractions by Daniel M. Kimmel

Cracking the Vault by Matt Bechtel

The Coffee Corps by Alex Shvartsman

The Vestals of Midnight by Sharon Lee

Paradisiacal Protocols by Gordon Linzner

Brass Tacks by Cecilia Tan

Old Spirits by Brian Trent

The Running of the Drones by Patrick Thomas

Dangerous Virgins by David Gerrold

Afterword by Thomas Nackid

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