First Story: “Tengu Mountain” by Gregory Frost
Ando met his fate in the form of a priest while he was climbing up the mountain to his Aunt Sakura’s house. Ando nearly stepped on him. The priest lay across his path like a log that had rolled down the mountain-side and come to rest where the path cut between two outcroppings of stone and, at first, that’s what Ando thought he was seeing….
Gregory Frost is the author of eight novels (including Shadowbridge, Lord Tophet, and Fitcher’s Brides) and well over fifty short stories of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. His novelette “No Others are Genuine” (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Oct/Nov 2013) was a 2014 “Long Fiction” finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. Other current works include a collaborative novella with Jonathan Maberry, “T.Rhymer”, in Dark Duets (HarperCollins, January 2014), an anthology of dark fantasy collaborations. Visit his site at www.gregoryfrost.com or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.
Second story: “Lost Wax” by Leah Bobet
In the Factory at Calendar Point, the carvers and the wizards and the casters make magic. Simon sweeps up.
The wax is carted in from beekeepers scattered across the country, each licensed and watched and reporting to the provost every season on the movement of their flocks. Simon washes the floors after the carters have come and gone.
Leah Bobet’s first novel, Above, was nominated for the 2012 Andre Norton Award and the 2013 Aurora Award, and her short fiction has appeared in several Year’s Best anthologies and as part of online serial Shadow Unit. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she edits Ideomancer Speculative Fiction, picks urban apple trees, and works as a bookseller at Bakka-Phoenix Books, Canada’s oldest science fiction bookstore. Leah’s second novel, On Roadstead Farm — a literary dustbowl fantasy where stuff blows up –will appear from Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015. Her website can be seen at http://www.leahbobet.com
Bob Raudys is a voice actor, musician and marketing/advertising guy. He probably should have figured out that voice acting was in his future when he had to do paragraph reads in grade school. The nuns were none too happy with his need to add accents to the stories. Born and raised in the Southwest Side of Chicago (pron. sout-west syde uv shi-kaw-go) as a first generation Lithuanian, he was fortunate to have his first of several European experiences visiting Lithuania, Moscow and Leningrad (now once again St. Petersburg) in 1976. One of the more memorable moments (aside from being arrested in the summer resort town of Palanga) was when he was being chased by an old, screaming Muscovite. Unfortunately Bob didn’t speak Russian, nor did the old woman speak Lithuanian or English. Bob’s migration into voice acting began 2 years ago, but his roots started in 1967 as a classically trained pianist. To his parent’s chagrin, his musical tastes and time moved into blues and rock ‘n roll (and yes, he was a wedding singer at one time). He currently is the keyboard player with the SouthSide Exiles. Performing was, and continues to be in his blood. Bob currently resides in the Chicago area with his wife, daughter and a cat, who is just waiting for the chance to take over the house. You can contact him or just plain hire him by going to this website – www.wordtomouthstudios.com