By Ellen Datlow

During this exciting selection of unique tales a few of today's most popular paranormal authors pride, thrill and captivate readers with otherworldly stories of magic and mischief. In Jim Butcher's "Curses" Harry Dresden investigates the best way to raise a curse laid via the reasonable folks at the Chicago Cubs. In Patricia Briggs' "Fairy Gifts," a vampire is named domestic via magic to avoid wasting the Fae who freed him from a dismal curse. In Melissa Marr's "Guns for the Dead," the newly lifeless Frankie Lee seeks a role within the afterlife at the unsuitable facet of the legislations. In Holly Black's "Noble Rot," a death rock celebrity discovers that the younger girl who brings him meals on a daily basis has a few unusual appetites of her own.

Featuring unique tales from 20 authors, this darkish, fascinating, amazing and fantastical assortment isn't really to be overlooked!

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There was a hint in those black eyes, that smiling face, that was not harmless. ” I asked. ” “No, Manuel does not talk to me anymore. ” That last sentence was angry, bitter. Oh, God. The most powerful voodoo priestess in the Midwest was acting like a scorned lover. Shit. She turned those angry black eyes to me. ” She laughed at that. All the lines in her face flowed into the laughter. “You raise the dead, the zombie, and you do not deal in vaudun. ” Her voice sparkled with genuine amusement. So glad I could make her day.

Benjamin,” I whispered it, and stared at the bloody handprint. “There’s no body in this room. ” I looked up at him, still kneeling. ” 24 LAURELL K. ” “Me, too,” he said. I stood, resisting the urge to smooth my skirt down in back. It was amazing how many times I touched my clothing without thinking and smeared blood on myself. But not today. ” As I said it, I prayed that it wasn’t. “No,” he said. Thank God. ” “Yes,” he said. His face looked just the tiniest bit pale. Mine probably did, too. ” I took a deep breath.

Naw. We followed the man through a short hallway into a roomy kitchen. Golden oblongs of sunshine lay heavy on a black and white tiled floor. The floor and kitchen were old, but the appliances were new. One of those deluxe refrigerators with an ice maker and water dispenser took up a hunk of the back wall. All the appliances were done in a pale yellow: Harvest Gold, Autumn Bronze. Sitting at the kitchen table was a woman in her early sixties. Her thin brown face was seamed with a lot of smile lines.

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