We’re tickled to announce SP authors Jason A. Adams and Kari Kilgore both have stories in the new shared world series Cave Creek! Jason has two in Bitter Mountain Moonlight, and Kari has one in Open Ended Threat.
Kari dug into her nerdy fascination with flowers and pollinators for “An Impossible Desert Flower,” with a heavy dose of a lifelong love of all things Twilight Zone shared by everyone at Spiral Publishing.
For Jason’s two stories, “Writing the Past” and “Two Si’s for Sister Sally,” he called on his own memories of a landscape both beautiful and hellish, where life outdoors could kill a person. Or give them great opportunity. Both involve finding hope in the future.
Check out all four volumes of the Cave Creek series for wonderful stories for a bunch of our favorite authors!
We’ll let series editor Dean Wesley Smith, who started the whole thing with his great novel Card Sharp Silver, tell you more.
Cave Creek, Nevada—Where the Unexpected Meets the Real World
In present day Cave Creek, a powerful and dangerous current flows beneath the town’s peaceful and prosperous surface.
Strange, unexplained events long chased residents out of this former mining town nestled in a hidden canyon north of Las Vegas from the very beginning. The first anthology in this series, Bitter Mountain Moonlight, illustrated that.
But now, portals to other timelines appear and disappear in the desert and rocks around town. Sometimes the portals open only for seconds, other times long enough to threaten lives.
The stories in Open Ended Threat recount the stories of those who slip through from the future or the past and explain how the residents keep the town’s secrets.
“Anniversary” by E.R. Paskey “
An Impossible Desert Flower” by Kari Kilgore
“Art of the Steal” by J.A. Bouma
“My Moment of Weird” by Robert J. McCarter
“Deep Cleaning” by Edward J. Knight
“Abandoned Mine”by Karen Fonville
“Moneyline Secrets” by R.W. Wallace
“Silver Mirage” by Kathryn Kaleigh
“The Run of her Life” by David H. Hendrickson
A mythical town nestled in a hidden canyon north of Las Vegas, Cave Creek attracts the strange, weird, and inexplicable.
Founded by a few settlers in the waning days of the 19th century, a gold rush in 1900 exploded Cave Creek into a boomtown with more than 8,000 residents.
But right from the beginning, strange events bedevil the residents. Unexplained things that often chase a resident down the valley to safer locations far, far away.
Finally, when the gold and silver play out, the weirdness continues.
The stories in Bitter Mountain Moonlight recount some of the strangest occurrences from the town’s past, and maybe even make you want to visit…
“Threats and Kisses” by Deb Miller
“Stepping into the Light” by David H. Hendrickson
“The Room of Possibilities” by Robert J. McCarter
“Family Secrets” by R.W. Wallace
“Writing the Past” by Jason A. Adams
“With a Little Help” by Rebecca M. Senese
“Manna” by Edward J. Knight
“Rider Jones and the Portal” by Harvey Stanbrough
“Two Si’s for Sister Sally” by Jason A. Adams
And last but definitely not least…
Strange, unexplained events long plagued residents of Cave Creek, a former mining town nestled in a hidden canyon north of Las Vegas.
In two previous anthologies, Bitter Mountain Moonlight and Open Ended Threat, the stories recount the past and present of the mythical Cave Creek, where portals to other timelines open and then disappear in the desert and rocks around the town.
Promise in the Gold takes the reader into the future, where people who slip through the portals create new timelines—and past, present, and future cross paths in some very weird and sometimes scary ways.
“Echoes” by Caleb Monroe
“A Mother’s Protection” by Deb Miller
“Raven’s Many Shadows” by Kate Pavelle
“In Search of Historical Truths” by Céline Malgen
“Searching for Dave” by Richard Freeborn
“Second Youth” by Rebecca M. Senese
“Finding Mercury” by Judy Lunsford
“Buster” by Teresa Gaskins