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Betty Came

Betty Came

The Color of Lust
A shark, seedy poolhall, and a wager … Daisy knew the hustle but what she didn’t count on was being played herself. But in the best possible way….

Everything But The Smell Of Lilies
In the near future, Justine is a sex worker with a unique twist: for a fee her clients can do whatever they want – including kill her. Everything is going well for her … until, that is, she comes across an ambulance attendant with his own unique fetish.

Betty Came
A sweet, and extra-hot, tale of longing and lesbian desire: what do you do when you know what you is so very wrong … but feels so very right?

Regrets
“Sitting on a chair, arms on the desk, fingers on the keyboard, words on the screen-” the letter is a final goodbye from a fellow to the world he’s wronged … or is it? And if he didn’t write it then who did?

The New Motor
A steampunky tale of outrageous turn-of-the-century inventiveness: John Murray Spear created The New Motor, The Mechanical Savior, but it was a special woman who gave it a sexy spark of life … and then some.

NY by Way of Taos
In a trailer baking in the hot desert sun, two women lose themselves to desire and fantasy: going to new and, for them, unexplored sexual worlds … like New York City
Mammoth Book Of Sherlock Holmes Abroad

Mammoth Book Of Sherlock Holmes Abroad

In this wonderful anthology of new stories, Sherlock Holmes travels to the far ends of the Earth in search of truth and justice. A host of singularly talented writers, while remaining respectful towards Conan Doyle’s work, present a new and thrilling dimension to Holmes’s career.

Full list of contributors:
Simon Clark; Andrew Darlington; Paul Finch; Nev Fountain; Carole Johnstone; Paul Kane; Alison Littlewood; Johnny Mains; William Meikle ;David Moody; Mark Morris; Cavan Scott; Denis O. Smith; Sam Stone and Stephen Volk.
Mammoth Book Of Steampunk Adventures

Mammoth Book Of Steampunk Adventures

From the editor of The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, this anthology of steam-powered short stories, dirigibles aloft, retro-tech wonders, and astounding adventure will set clockwork-loving hearts hammering with delight. Longtime steampunk fans: prepare to gleefully grab your goggles to read these remarkable stories! Newcomers: prepare to become fans of this popular genre involving both the past and present—entertainingly and provocatively re-thought, re-invented, and re-evaluated. With stories by K.W. Jeter, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Ken Liu, Cherie Priest, Carrie Vaughn, and many others.

Full list of contributors: Christopher Barzak; Tobias Buckell; C. S. E. Cooney; Aliette de Bodard; Lisa L. Hannett; Samantha Henderson; K. W. Jeter; Caitlin R. Kiernan; Jay Lake; Ken Liu; Alex Dally MacFarlane; Tony Pi; Cherie Priest; Cat Rambo; Chris Roberson; Margaret Ronald; Sofia Samatar; Gord Sellar; Nisi Shawl; Benjanun Sriduangkaew; E. Caterine Tobler; Genevieve Valentine; Carrie Vaughn; AC Wise; Jonathan Wood.

Praise for the author:

The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, edited by Sean Wallace, focuses on newer elements of steampunk and proudly includes work by Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Cat Rambo, Ekaterina Sedia, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine and more. Kirkus Reviews

The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, edited by Sean Wallace, includes five original stories (and a large selection of good recent work). All the originals are worthy of attention. Locus

World Fantasy Award-winning editor Wallace has compiled an outstanding anthology of thirty stories (including four originals) sure to satisfy even the most jaded steampunk fans and engage newcomers and skeptics. Each story exemplifies steampunk’s knack for critiquing both the past and the present, in a superb anthology that demands rereading. Publishers Weekly, starred review

What I liked best about the majority of these short stories was that they’re true to steampunk; no real unusual deviations for those of you looking for goggles and corsets . . . Wired
Mammoth Book Of The World Cup

Mammoth Book Of The World Cup

An all-encompassing, chronological guide to football’s World Cup, one of the world’s few truly international events, in good time for the June 2018 kick-off in Russia. From its beginnings in 1930 to the modern all-singing, all-dancing self-styled ‘greatest show on Earth’, every tournament is covered with features on major stars and great games, as well as stories about some less celebrated names and quirky stats and intriguing essays.

Holt’s focus is very much on what takes place on the field, rather than how football is a mirror for economic corruption, or how a nation’s style of play represents a profound statement about its people, or how a passion for football can lift underpaid, socially marginalised people out of poverty.

From the best World Cups, in 1958 and 1970, to the worst, in 1962 and 2010, he looks behind the facts and the technical observations to the stories: the mysterious sins of omission; critical injuries to key players; and coaching U-turns.

He explains how England’s World Cup achievements under Sven-Göran Eriksson, far from being a national disgrace, were actually quite impressive, and looks at why Alf Ramsey didn’t take Bobby Charlton off in 1970, but this is no parochial, jingoistic account.

The book also asks why Brazil did not contribute in 1966, despite having won the previous two tournaments and going on to win the next one? Why the greatest players of their day did not always shine at the World Cup – George Best and Alfredo Di Stefano, for example, never even made it to the Finals. Why did Johann Cruyff not go to the 1978 World Cup? And why did one of Germany’s greatest players never play in the World Cup?

There are lots of tables, some filled with obvious, but necessary information, but others with more quirky observations. Alongside accounts of epic games, there are also brief biographies of all the great heroes of the World Cup.
Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11

Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 11

This superb annual anthology of the year’s most outstanding short crime fiction published in the UK is now well into its second decade. Jakubowski has succeeded, once again, in unearthing the best short crime stories of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish authors (along with a handful of US writers living in the UK, and some expatriate Brits). With this collection he showcases the impressive breadth of British crime writing, from cosy tales of detection to noir mayhem and psychological suspense and terror. There are puzzles to solve, nagging questions about the nature of British society, but, above all, there are over 40 wonderful, gripping stories to shock, delight and make you think twice, if not three times.

Full list of contributors: Lee Child; Kevin Wignall; Will Carver; Paul Charles; Val McDermid; Paul Johnston; Alison Bruce; Tim Willocks; Maxim Jakubowski; Rhys Hughes; Edward Marston; N. J. Cooper; Michael Z. Lewin; Peter Guttridge; Mary Hoffman; Peter Tremayne; Kate Rhodes; Paul D. Brazill; Ros Asquith; Amy Myers; Alexander McCall Smith; Nina Allan; Peter Turnbull; Jay Stringer; Martin Edwards; Zoë Sharp; Col Bury; David Stuart Davies; Howard Linskey; Susan Everett; Christopher Fowler; Dreda Say Mitchell; Roger Busby; Simon Kernick; Peter Lovesey; David Hewson; Gerard Brennan; Jane Casey; Christopher J. Simmons; Stephen Gallagher; John Lawton.
Mammoth Book of Best New SF 28

Mammoth Book of Best New SF 28

For decades now Gardner Dozois has been presenting his annual selection of the very best of recently published SF stories, both byoutstanding up-and-coming writers and undisputed masters of the genre. It has been voted Year’s Best Anthology by the readers of Locus magazine an unparalleled eighteen times and remains the definitive anthology for both diehard sci-fi fans and newcomers to the genre.

Without fail, Dozois pinpoints the previous year’s most exciting and ambitious science fiction, showcasing truly exceptional contemporary writing. Contributors include: Pavel Amnuel; Paolo Bachigalupi; Jessica Barber; Elizabeth Bear; Lauren Beukes; Chaz Brenchley; Karl Bunker; Jérôme Cigut; D. J. Cockburn; Aliette de Bodard; Cory Doctorow; Greg Egan; Timons Esaias; Paul Graham Raven; James Patrick Kelly; Ellen Klages; Nancy Kress; Jay Lake; Rich Larson; Ken Liu; Ian McDonald; Mary Anne Mohanraj; Susan Palwick; Gareth L. Powell; Robert Reed; Alastair Reynolds; Adam Roberts; Karl Schroeder; Vandana Singh; Allen M. Steele; Michael Swanwick; Rachel Swirsky; Lavie Tidhar; Peter Watts;

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 28 includes, as ever, Dozois’s extensive recommended reading guide and his illuminating and incisive summation of the year in science fiction.

Praise for previous editions:

‘Quantity as well as quality . . . every piece is a treasure.’ The Times

‘For more than a quarter century, Gardner Dozois’s Mammoth Book of Best New SF has defined the field. It is the most important anthology, not only annually, but overall.’ Charles N. Brown, publisher of Locus

‘The most respected editor in the field.’ George R. R. Martin

‘New authors rub shoulders with old hands, and strong work from relative novices Hannu Rajaniemi and Lavie Tidhar suggest that SF’s future is as bright as ever.’ Financial Times

‘This annual compilation of the previous year’s best short stories and novellas, together with a comprehensive summation of the state of the genre and an extensive “honourable mentions” list, has become an institution over the past three decades.’ Guardian
Mammoth Book of New Tattoo Art

Mammoth Book of New Tattoo Art

A fantastic, all-new, third volume of tattoo art – both tattoos and original artworks – showcasing the best recent work of the world’s most outstanding tattoo artists. The format is compact, but contains over 600 full-colour photographs of the work of international tattoo art stars, including Frank Carter, Camila Rocha, Dan Smith and Horikazu (see full list of contributing artists below), representing outstanding value-for-money.

Over the past 20 years, tattoos have emphatically entered the mainstream, perhaps most notably on the person of UK prime minister David Cameron’s wife Samantha. Whether celebratory tattoos, local landmarks, weddings, gravestones, timepieces, song lyrics, club colours, the Olympic rings, something World Cup-related or even a flight of plaster ducks, more and more people are sporting tattoos.

There are also ever more artists who have turned their hands to tattooing, and vice versa. Tattoo styles are changing, too, under the influence of other art forms as traditional methods of designing tattoos – using pencil, marker, ink and pain – are joined by computer-generated art and Photoshop creations.

Practically unheard of a few decades ago, women with tattoos are on the rise, and there is also an ever-increasing number of female tattoo artists, a number of whose work is showcased in this book.

Full list of contributing artists: Adam Machin, Amy Savage, Anthony Flemming, Camila Rocha, Chris Jones, Davee Blows, Eddie Stacey, Greg Orie, Ian Parkin, Jemma Jones, Kate Shaw, Leigh Oldcorn, Mauro Tampieri, MxM, Oddboy, PriZeMaN, Roxx, Yohann Bonvoisin, Adam Sargent, Andrea Furci, BJ Betts, Chase Tafoya, Claire Reid, David Corden, Emily Wood, Guen Douglas, Ian Saunders, John Anderton, Ken Patten, Luca Ortis, Michael Rose, Nick Skunx, Paul Johnson, Ren Shorney, Stefano C, Aimee Cornwell, Andrew McNally, Bong, Chelsea Shoneck, Crispy Lennox, Dean Taylor, Frank Carter, Hannah Wolf, Johnny Domus, KJT, Mat Lapping, Niki Norberg, Pete Oz, Richard Barclay, Steve Richardson, Akuma Shugi, Andy Engel, Cally Jo, Chris Crooks, Dan Smith, Dris Donnelly, Gari Henderson, Horikazu, Jammes, Jorge Becerra, Lauren Winzer, Matt Adamson, Miss Arianna, Pete the Thief, Rory Pickersgill, Tom Flanagan.
Mammoth Book of Shark Attacks, The

Mammoth Book of Shark Attacks, The

The biggest-ever selection of first-hand accounts and news reports of shark attacks, both recent and historical, shows how sharks are masters of the ocean and how we enter their domain at our own risk.

Think you’re safe in the Med? Read about the Great Whites that thrive near holiday beaches.

Think you’re safe in large groups? Read about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945 when hundreds of sailors floated for days in shark-infested waters, being picked off one-by-one.

Think you’re safe at home? Read about the 69-year-old man, taking his regular evening swim, jumping off his backyard dock straight into the mouth of a bull shark.

Many more extraordinary and gruesome accounts, including the shark-boat skipper who slit open the belly of a 360-kg tiger shark only to have a human head, pelvis, and arm come tumbling out, provide horrific and moving tales of shark encounters. The courage of survivors and those who have risked their lives to save shark attack victims is truly inspirational.

Where can you find sharks? Features on different shark species with illustrations, fact boxes and maps show where they lurk around the world. Also included are a selection of full-colour photographs and special sections on the life cycle of a shark, how to avoid a shark attack and how to survive one.
Mammoth Books  Presents  Baubo's  Kiss

Mammoth Books Presents Baubo's Kiss

The Plague Lovers
A young woman in 14th century Italy flees the ravages of the bubonic plague with a mysterious lover who shows her how the pleasures of sex and suffering can intertwine. Later, she uses her knowledge of herbs and plants to inflict suffering of her own.

Baubo’s Kiss
A sexually inhibited young woman vacationing in Greece with her female lover explores the erotic arts at the Temple of Baubo, the goddess of obscenity, and takes part in a Dionysian orgy.

Prenuptials
A woman meets the ‘perfect’ man and embarks on an erotic journey into self-destruction and sex addiction.

The Safety of Unknown Cities
Sexual adventuress Val searches for a place known only as “the City”, a mythic land of unimaginable carnality and eroticism, where sexual obsession knows no bounds. She soon discovers the nightmare side to this land of sexual excess.

Thief of Names
Afflicted with a deadly disease, Nicholas searches for a cure in Toronto’s seedy sex district and finds possible redemption from his sordid past in the arms of a mysterious sex goddess named Miriam.
Mammoth Books presents A Clutch of Zombies

Mammoth Books presents A Clutch of Zombies

In this grizzly anthology of the undead, four fascinatingly horrid dystopian universes are described, with zombies taking centre stage.

Included are:

What Will Come After – Scott Edelman
In this most personal of zombie stories, the author imagines himself as the protagonist, looking ahead to what would happen after his own death . . . and rebirth.

Christmas with the Dead – Joe R. Lansdale
The ultimate in holiday horror stories.

Fort Clay, Louisiana: A Tragical History – Albert E. Cowdrey
When a young photographer welcomes an elderly man to her house to see the book she has published about a long-deserted 19th century military fort on the Mississippi, watery southern horrors emerge from the past.

When the Zombies Win – Karina Sumner-Smith
The ultimate in dystopian what-ifs, Karina Sumner-Smith’s story is set after the zombie apocalypse has reached its zenith. When there’s no one left to infect, where do the zombies turn?
Mammoth Books presents A Ghostly Gathering

Mammoth Books presents A Ghostly Gathering

The Pier – Thana Niveau
“The pier exists,” explains Thana Niveau, “and yes, it is decorated with strange plaques and cryptic memorials, although none are quite as morbid as I’ve invented.
“It’s mostly Clevedon Pier, which is where the story was born. I was reading the plaques one day and a couple of the quirkier ones made me wonder. What if they weren’t written by the living to remember the dead at all, but were instead a channel for voices from somewhere else?
“Somerset is the original Wicker Man country, after all. It’s a place rich in pagan tradition and many of its strange rituals are lost to time. Or are they?”

Fallen Boys – Mark Morris
“Porthellion Quay, which features in this story, is a real place – only the name is different,” says Morris. “My family and I spent a lovely, sunny day there one summer a few years ago during a Cornish holiday.
“I love Cornwall not only because it’s breathtakingly beautiful, but also because it is wild and rugged and desolate, and because past echoes and ancient legends seem to seep out of the very rock. It’s a landscape which lends itself perfectly to the kinds of ghost stories I love, of which it seems there are far too few these days – stories which are not cosy and comforting and familiar, but which are dark and insidious, and evoke a crawling sense of dread.”

Lavender and Lychgates – Angela Slatter
“‘Lavender and Lychgates’ is the second last story in Sourdough and Other Stories,” recalls Slatter. “I had ideas I wanted to continue to explore – consequences of actions in an earlier story in the collection – and I had a picture in my head of a young girl in a graveyard.
“Many years ago, a friend had told me a garbled tale of lilacs and lychgates, the details of which I cannot remember. I managed to garble it even more, and I couldn’t get the words ‘lavender and lychgates’ out of my head, nor the image of shadows swirling in the apex of a lychgate roof above the heads of people passing out underneath. I also wondered what happens when you hang onto a memory too tightly.”

With the Angels – Ramsey Campbell
“My fellow clansman Paul Campbell will remember the birth of this tale,” he reveals. “At the Dead Dog party after the 2010 World Horror Convention in Brighton, someone was throwing a delighted toddler into the air. I was ambushed by an idea and had to apologise to Paul for rushing away to my room to scribble notes. The result is here.”
Mammoth Books presents Aliens and Extra-Terrestrials

Mammoth Books presents Aliens and Extra-Terrestrials

Alien Abduction
Some 2,740 US citizens claim to have been abducted by aliens each day. That’s an incredible 2% of a population of 300 million. Surely statistically some of these cases must bear truths?

Area 51
It is rumoured that Area 51 houses the UFO disc found at Roswell, as well as other crashed alien spaceships. What is the truth?

The Babylonian Brotherhood
Twelve-foot lizards from the planet Draco have colonized Earth and seek world domination.

Crop Circles
Made by intelligent beings from elsewhere, or earth-bound pranksters?

Face on Mars
Was the image of a humanoid face 1.5 miles long by 1 mile wide purposefully constructed or is it simply an accidental resemblance?

Hollow Earth
The Earth is hollow and houses a surreptitious advanced civilisation.

Majestic 12
Evidence found about a group of military officials, scientists and intelligence officials set up in 1962 to study alien technology. Legitimate or bogus?

Men in Black
Mysterious figures who seek to conceal UFO identity. They appear at a witness’s house after a sighting and remove all physical evidence before threatening the witness to remain silent. Are they really government agents?

Nazi Moon Base
During the Second World War the Germans sent a successful mission to the moon, made a lunar station and built an underground base in Antarctica for space exploration research.

Project Bluebook
Since December 1969 there has been no official US government body actively investigating UFO sightings. But what about unofficially?

Rendlesham Forest
Did an alien spacecraft land at Rendlesham Forest in 1980?
Roswell
In 1947 an extra-terrestrial spacecraft with alien occupants landed in New Mexico. Allegedly, this event was covered up by the US military, but why?

Shag Harbour
In October 1967 an unidentified flying object was seen floating on the waters of Shag Harbour. Even following thorough investigation, no explanation has ever been given for this.
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