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ANNOUNCING OUR NEW THEMES: It's time to announce the three new themes for Zombies Need Brains' upcoming Kickstarter starting August 7th!

Once the Kickstarter is funded, there will be an open call for submissions to all three of these anthologies.

Check out our online store to order all of our past anthologies!




Who doesn’t love a good apocalyptic story? They come in all kinds, from the straight up SF/horror of Stephen King’s superflu in “The Stand” and the zombie apocalypse in “The Walking Dead,” to the quieter, more reflective tales of loss and survival in “On the Beach” and “Childhood’s End.” Tales that feature people struggling through the end of the world--or fighting to survive in what remains--are always compelling. What better way for readers to safely explore the extremes of the human condition without actually having to fight off the ravening hordes themselves? For this anthology, we’ll be looking for unique takes on how the world ends, both during and after the apocalypse. So bring on your asteroids, your plagues, your solar flares! And ask yourself, would you survive the apocalypse? Would you even want to?

Edited by S.C. Butler & Joshua Palmatier, APOCALYPTIC will contain approximately fourteen stories with an average length of 6,000 words each. Anchor authors include: Stephen Blackmoore, James Enge, Nancy Holzner, Tanya Huff, Violette Malan, Seanan McGuire, and S.M. Stirling.



Food is an essential part of life—not just for energy and exotic flavors, but as a unifier during social events, a focal point for establishing culture, and shared experience to put people at ease. In GALACTIC STEW, readers will sit down at the communal table and sup upon stories centered on food. Whether it’s a tense treaty negotiation over a full course meal or a trap devised by the fae to chain you to their realm, these stories are certain to be delectable. Come and savor these delicacies…and hope the taste doesn’t mask a deadly poison!

Edited by David B. Coe & Joshua Palmatier, GALACTIC STEW will contain approximately fourteen stories with an average length of 6,000 words each. Anchor authors include: Rod Belcher, Andy Duncan, Esther Friesner, D.B. Jackson, Howard Andrew Jones, Gini Koch, and Laura Resnick.



When NASA's Opportunity rover sent its last message from Mars--loosely translated by scientists as “my battery is low and it’s getting dark”--many of us paused in a shared moment of sadness and gratitude, aimed at a robot left alone on a faraway planet. That moment inspired this anthology. We want stories about technology that has operated long past its time, but we want to give these lost spirits new life, whether it be rescue, a new purpose, a new beginning, or a simple homecoming. What happens to the robots and rovers and AIs and more after their original purpose has faded? What is the next chapter of their story?

Edited by Crystal Sarakas & Joshua Palmatier, MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK will contain approximately fourteen stories with an average length of 6,000 words each. Anchor authors include: Jacey Bedford, Troy Carrol Bucher, John Hartness, Alethea Kontis, Stephen Leigh, Merc Rustad, Kari Sperring, and Edward Willett.


The submissions window for these anthologies will open WHEN THE KICKSTARTER STARTING AUGUST 7th FUNDS!

Watch this space for updates on our upcoming anthology themes and Kickstarter.

Check out our online store to preorder copies of these three anthologies and to order all of our past anthologies!


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