In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil..

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.


In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s Cold Case, Molly Carpenter—Harry Dresden’s apprentice-turned-Winter Lady—must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you’re a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad...

New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.

In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson’s Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble’s latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner...

And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman’s infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue—and nightmarish—vengeance involving some quite nasty Impossible Monsters.

ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BY

Tanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie *


Table of Contents and Cast List:
Introduction by Kerri Hughes, read by Julia Whelan
Foreword by Jim Butcher, read by Jim Butcher
COLD CASE by Jim Butcher, read by Julia Whelan
SLEEPOVER by Seanan McGuire, read by Emily Rankin
IF WISHES WERE by Tanya Huff, read by Justine Eyre
SOLUS by Anton Strout, read by David de Vries
PEACOCK IN HELL by Kat Richardson, read by Mia Barron
EYE OF NEWT by Kevin J. Anderson, read by Jon Lindstrom
WHAT DWELLS WITHIN by Lucy A. Snyder, read by Julia Whelan
HUNTER, HEALER by Jim C. Hines, read by Sumalee Montano
BAGGAGE by Erik Scott de Bie, read by Mozhan Marno
SALES. FORCE. By Kristine Kathryn Rusch, read by Karissa Vacker
IMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS by Rob Thurman, read by Macleod Andrews
 
Praise for Jim Butcher and the Dresden Files

“Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy.”—Booklist

“Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”—Entertainment Weekly

Praise for Seanan McGuire

“The plot is strong, the characterization is terrific, the tragedies hurt...and McGuire's usual beautiful writing and dark humor are present and accounted for. This has become one of my favorite urban fantasy series.”—Fantasy Literature

Praise for Kevin J. Anderson

“Anderson's skill in delivering taut action scenes and creating well-rounded human and alien characters adds depth and variety to a series opener that belongs in most SF collections.”—Library Journal

Praise for Rob Thurman

“Thurman continues to deliver strong tales of dark urban fantasy.”—SFRevu