When you think of Mrs. Claus, do you imagine a quiet North Pole homebody who finds complete fulfillment in baking cookies, petting reindeer and crafting toys alongside elves? How about a magic-wielding ice goddess, or a tough-as-nails Valkyrie? Or maybe an ancient fae of dubious intentions, or a well-meaning witch? Could Mrs. Claus be a cigar-smoking Latina, or a crash-landed alien? Within these pages Mrs. Claus is a hero, a villain, a mother, a spacefarer, a monster hunter, and more. The only thing she decidedly is not, is a sidekick.
It’s Mrs. Claus’ turn to shine and she is stepping out of Santa’s shadow and into the spotlight in these fourteen spectacular stories that make her the star! Featuring original short stories by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, C.B. Calsing, DJ Tyrer, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Kristen Lee, Randi Perrin, Michael Leonberger, Andrew Wilson, Ross Van Dusen, MLD Curelas, Maren Matthias, Anne Luebke, Jeff Kuykendall, and Hayley Stone.
Table of Contents:
“Wight Christmas” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
“The Asylum Musicale” by C.B. Calsing
“Desperately Seeking Santa” by DJ Tyrer
“Christmas Magic” by Jennifer Lee Rossman
“Good Morning” by Kristen Lee
“Moves Like Jagger” by Randi Perrin
“Miss ‘Lil Toe Head” by Michael Leonberger
“Unexpected Guests” by Andrew Wilson
“The True Story of Christina and Kristopher Kringle” by Ross Van Dusen
“Shouldering the Burden” by MLD Curelas
“You’d Better Watch Out” by Maren Matthias
“Captain Lizzy and the Stranger in the Fog” by Anne Luebke
“Agatha Sings to the Scorpions” by Jeff Kuykendall
“Red to Hide the Blood” by Hayley Stone
Rhonda Parrish is driven by the desire to do All The Things. She was the founder and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine, is an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press, and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Sirens and D is for Dinosaur. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012 & 2015), and Mythic Delirium. Her website, updated weekly, is at rhondaparrish.com.