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OBSOLESCENCE

A Dark Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Anthology

20 stories by 20 authors.

OBSOLESCENCE is a new collection of short stories about horrifying or fantastical interactions with technology.

All leaps in technology are scary. Mysterious. Misunderstood. Until they slowly creep into our daily lives and become impossible to get rid of. Like an evolving parasite.

The broken cell phone that can only text with your dead husband. The backyard tire swing that becomes a portal to another world. The Radio Shack Walkie-Talkies that pick up an alien GPS…

In OBSOLESCENCE, technology gets repurposed, subverted, and redefined.

Kealan Patrick Burke
Kealan Patrick Burke is a five-time Bram Stoker Award-nominee who won the award for his coming-of-age novella The Turtle Boy. Burke is also the author of Sour Candy, Kin, Blanky, The House on Abigail Lane, and many other titles.
Adam Cesare is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Clown in a Cornfield, Tribesmen, Video Night, and more. Adam is “an author who knows how to make us afraid.” – Clive Barker
Clay McLeod Chapman
Clay McLeod Chapman is the author of Ghost Eaters, Whisper Down the Lane, The Remaking, and more. He is currently working on Unknown, a psychological horror anthology television series at Kilter Films and Amazon Studios.
Johnny Compton‘s short stories have appeared in several publications including PseudopodStrange Horizons, and The No Sleep Podcast. His debut novel, The Spite House, will be out in February from Tor Nightfire.
Rob Hart is the author of The Paradox Hotel, The Warehouse, Take-Out, and more. The Warehouse was published in more than 20 countries and was optioned for film by Ron Howard. Rob is also the Class Director at LitReactor.
Laurel Hightower is the author of Below, Crossroads, and Whispers in the Dark. Crossroads won the This Is Horror Award for Novella of the Year.
Gabino Igelsias‘s work has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and the Locus Award, and won the Wonderland Book Award. He is the author of The Devil Takes You Home, Zero Saints, and Coyote Songs.
Ai Jiang is the Pushcart Award-nominated author of numerous short stories, including “Give Me English”, published recently in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF). Her debut novel, Linghun, is due out next year.
Eric LaRocca
Eric LaRocca is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of We Can Never Leave This Place, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, and more.
Christi Nogle is the author of the novel Beulah and the forthcoming collection The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future. Her short fiction has appeared in over fifty publications.
Sara Tantlinger is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes. She is also the author of the novella To Be Devoured, the anthology Not all Monsters, and more.
We are excited to reserve half of this anthology for open submissions. Our goal is to not only publish established voices in the genre, but to also help spotlight new and diverse voices!

MEET THE EDITORS

Alan Lastufka Editor

ALAN LASTUFKA

Alan Lastufka is an author and the owner of Shortwave Media, an independent small press. He writes horror, supernatural, and magical realism stories. His debut novel, Face the Night, received a starred Kirkus review and won the 2022 Hoffer Award for Best Commercial Fiction. His work, including his first short story, “The Fort,” has been praised by Writer’s Digest. When he’s not writing or recording with his band, The Caulden Road, Alan enjoys walking through Oregon’s beautiful woods with his partner, Kris.

For more information visit alanlastufka.com


KRISTINA HORNER

Kristina Horner is an author who writes contemporary and urban fantasy for young adult and middle grade readers. She runs a small, independent publisher called 84th Street Press through which she has published multiple anthologies. She also created the writing podcast How To Win NaNo, has written for a number of tabletop RPGs, including Vampire: The Masquerade and has been a consistent winner of National Novel Writing Month since 2006. Kristina lives and works out of her home in Seattle, Washington alongside her husband Joe and their son, Maximus. When she’s not writing, she can be found in her garden or playing board games.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @KristinaHorner.