Friday is now history, and it's likely that some among you have spent yourselves into penury and are now huddled in front of your computer monitors, basking in their meager heat and hoping they don't bring back debtor's prison; this post is not for you.
Those of you who did manage to display a sliver of restraint, and aren't actively looking into selling your pets and children for medical experiments, gather up the tattered shreds of your personal finances and follow me.
Sure, you could fritter away your few remaining pennies on such nonessentials as "rent", "food", and "electricity", but we're all going to be sleeping in grass huts and living on subsistence diets soon enough anyway; when that happens, reading will be all you have left to live for. Buy now and beat the rush!
May I suggest:
Triangulation: Last Contact -- Twenty-eight writers, including Robert J. Sawyer, give their science-fictional interpretations of the theme "Last Contact".
It Came From Her Purse -- Think of all the things that could possibly come from inside a purse; then think a couple hundred light-years beyond that.
Terminal Earth -- Twenty-three tales of the world's end.
Night Terrors -- Exactly what the title implies.
Candle in the Attic Window -- Twenty-seven poems and stories bring fresh blood to the genre of gothic horror.
Return of the Raven -- Stories inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe.
Timelines -- Stories inspired by H. G. Wells' The Time Machine.
Solid Gold -- An anthology of short fiction, benefitting the UK literary magazine Gold Dust.
The Best of Abyss & Apex Volume One -- Your favorite science fiction and fantasy magazine, now in handy book form.
And if by some trick you manage to keep your computer or electronic reading device working, perhaps by hooking it up to a hand-cranked generator or figuring out a way to power it with fire, I should note that the aforementioned Triangulation: Last Contact, It Came From Her Purse, Terminal Earth, Night Terrors, Candle in the Attic Window, Return of the Raven, and Timelines are all available in electronic formats. And may I also suggest, for your electronic reading pleasure:
31 Days of Halloween Horror -- because when you're fighting off mobs of marauders looking for food and gasoline, every day is Halloween.
Jobless Insomniacs Motorcycle Club
The benignly-neglected online home of writer Desmond Warzel.
- Obligatory Gift Idea Post, or, Adventures in Self-Promotion