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The destructiveness of passion, both earthly and supernatural, makes cities bleed and souls burn across worlds, through endless time. Experience the spiritual side of the zombie apocalypse in "The Days of Flaming Motorcycles" and transcend both hell and nirvana in "Zen and the Art of Gordon Dratch's Damnation." Look into "The Mad Eyes of the Heron King" to find the beautiful brutality written in the moment of epiphany or "Go and Tell it On the Mountain," where Jesus Christ awaits your last plea to enter heavenif there is a heaven to enter when all is said and done.

"The Story of Belief-Non" by Linda D. Addison (poem)

"Ghosts of New York" by Jennifer Pelland

"I Sing a New Psalm" by Brian Keene

"He Who Would Not Bow" by Wrath James White

"Zen and the Art of Gordon Dratch's Damnation" by Douglas F. Warrick

"Go and Tell It on the Mountain" by Kyle S. Johnson

"Different from Other Nights" by Eliyanna Kaiser

"Lilith" by Rain Graves (poem)

"The Last Words of Dutch Schultz Jesus Christ" by Nick Mamatas

"To the Jerusalem Crater" by Lavie Tidhar

"Chimeras & Grotesqueries" by Matt Cardin

"You Dream" by Ekaterina Sedia

"Mother Urban's Booke of Dayes" by Jay Lake

"The Mad Eyes of the Heron King" by Richard Dansky

"Paint Box, Puzzle Box" by D.T. Friedman

"A Loss For Words" by J. C. Hay

"Scrawl" by Tom Piccirilli

"C{her}ry Carvings" by Jennifer Baumgartner (poem)

"Good Enough" by Kelli Dunlap

"First Communions" by Geoffrey Girard

"The God of Last Moments" by Alethea Kontis

"Ring Road" by Mary Robinette Kowal

"The Unremembered" by Chesya Burke

"Desperata" by Lon Prater (poem)

"The Choir" by Lucien Soulban

"Days of Flaming Motorcycles" by Catherynne M. Valente

"Miz Ruthie Pays Her Respects" by Lucy A. Snyder

"Paranoia" by Kurt Dinan (poem)

"Hush" by Kelly Barnhill

"Sandboys" by Richard Wright

"For My Next Trick I'll Need a Volunteer" by Gary A. Braunbeck


Although the horror genre naturally lends itself to up close and personal examination of good and very nasty evil, little writing in that genre is faith inflected. This anthology addresses that gap. "Faith" is used loosely and expansively in this collection of short tales that offers something for lots of different tastes-slasher, fairy tale, end times, ghost story-as well as religion. "Zen and the Art of Gordon Dratch's Damnation," by Douglas F. Warrick, is a meditation on enlightenment as cagey as any Zen master's teaching. "Different from Other Nights" by Eliyanna Kaiser offers a knife twist on the Passover celebration. Although the anthology is uneven, as collections often can be, the very best, like Gary A. Braunbeck's "For My Next Trick I'll Need a Volunteer," resonate in the mind long afterward, with no guts or gore. And while Cathrynne M. Valente's "The Days of Flaming Motorcycles" is a wicked clever zombie tale set in Augusta, Maine, readers may wonder where zombie Jesus is when we need him.
-Publishers Weekly (May, 2010)

"Faith. Light and dark. Terrible beauty and mind-shattering horror. It's all here, in what's sure to be one of the year's best anthologies."
-Shroud Magazine (Kevin Lucia)

"A remarkable collection, bursting at the seams with thought-provoking ideas and shattering visions."
-Brandon Massey, award-winning author of Dark Corner and Don't Ever Tell

"A moving examination of the spirit. Nobody does faith like the horror genre, and this diverse collection is the new bible of the bizarre. Heaven and hell never looked so scary."
-Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church


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