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Cat in Glass and Other Tales of the Unnatural

Cat in Glass and Other Tales of the Unnatural

© 2002 by Nancy Etchemendy
Illustrations by David Ouimet
ISBN: 0-8126-2674-5
(Front Street/ Cricket Books)
Price: $15.95, Hardcover

Recommended for ages
14 and up.

ALA Best Book for
Young Adults
Bram Stoker Award Finalist


Jacket art © 2002 by David Ouimet

"I stood at the window and screamed. I screamed for a long, long time, even after there was nothing left of Momma but skin and clothes and the butcher knife."

--Excerpt from "The Tuckahoe," included in this volume.

Is the sculpture in "Cat in Glass" an artistic masterpiece -- or an evil idol, capable of murder? Can you change your past -- by a visitation from your future self? And who's that in the mirror at Etienne's?

Two-time Bram Stoker Award winner Nancy Etchemendy weaves a gripping tale -- whether in the backwoods South or the far side of the galaxy. From the eerie to the unexplained, these stories will leave you breathless -- and eager to turn the page for more.

What the Critics are Saying!

"What I love most about Nancy Etchemendy's stories is their clarity. They are magic mirrors reflecting back truth: The small lines in the face, the blemishes, the sunburned nose, large maroon roses, pouches of fragrant bread all speaking of odd places visited, bizarre things seen, old horrors stumbled upon, young lives lived."

-- Jane Yolen, author of The Devil's Arithmetic, Dragon's Blood, Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast, and others

"...sophisticated enough for adults but will grip adolescents every bit as firmly as stories by Stephen King or Dean Koontz... While not for the faint of heart, these masterfully rendered, absorbing tales will be impossible for even reluctant readers to put down."

-- School Library Journal

"This rich collection of eight short stories takes the reader to the future and past, with elements from fantasy, science fiction, and ghost stories....Etchemendy (The Power of Un, 2000, etc.) knows just how to pace her stories for maximum suspense."

-- Kirkus Reviews

 

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The Power of Un

The Power of Un

© 2000 by Nancy Etchemendy

ISBN: 0-8126-2850-0
(Front Street/ Cricket Books)
Price: $14.95, Hardcover

Recommended for ages 8-14

Also available in paperback from Scholastic Books


Jacket art © 2000 by Chris Riddell

Everyone knows a computer's "undo" command will erase a mistake. Thanks to a device called the Unner, middle-schooler Gib Finney can do the same thing in real life. Better than winning the lottery, right? Maybe. Maybe not.

WINNER!

Bram Stoker Award for Horror for Young Readers
Golden Duck Award for Children's Science Fiction
Georgia Children's Book Award
Ann Spencer Lindbergh Prize Honor Book for Children's Fantasy

FINALIST!

Nautilus Award for Positive Social Change
PEN USA West, YA Category

What the Critics Are Saying!

"Nancy Etchemendy proves once again (as if we needed more proof) that she is among the best of today's science fiction authors, using a powerful, new machine to explore an old, deep truth. Etchemendy's secret is that she isn't writing for children, she's writing for human beings who care about complex moral issues -- but that includes children, who have not yet made up their minds about the world. Intense, exciting, and truthful from beginning to end, The Power of Un is a classic-to-be."

-- Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game

"Nancy Etchemendy brings heart and wonder to a story that's about much more than time travel. Each of us helps to shape our own future, and others'. Understanding this is a gift. The Power of Un."

-- David Brin, author of Earth and The Postman

"This absorbing story about a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day -- and a more suspenseful but happier rerun of it -- has something to offer even kids who don't normally like sci-fi."

-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Etchemendy's intriguing fantasy . . . handles some powerful, big questions about life, the universe, and everything in it."

-- Booklist

"Delightfully thought-provoking."

-- School Library Journal

"Humorous, fast-paced...delightful to read and fascinating to comtemplate."

-- NAPRA ReView

"[Nancy Etchemendy] perfectly paints the funny, poignant, and altogether unpredictable world of eleven and twelve year olds....a unique, thought-provoking book that deserves a place on every middle school and public library shelf."

-- Voice of Youth Advocate

 

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The Restless Dead - Features my YA Horror Story HONEY IN THE WOUND.The Restless Dead

Edited by Deborah Noyes
Copyright 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7636-2906-9
Candlewick Press
Price: $16.99, Hardcover
Recommended for ages 14 and up.


Enter the murky land of the undead in this anthology of ten shivery tales about ghostly children, vampires, flesh-eating zombies, and more. Includes one of Nancy's scariest stories yet, "Honey in the Wound," about a young girl's struggle to do the right thing for her dead -- yet not dead -- brother.

 

Midnight Lullabies.Midnight Lullabies

Edited by Kfir Luzzatto, Dru Pagliasotti, Tyra Twomey, Jason Nolan, and Yuka Kajtara
Copyright 2007
ISBN: 978-1419679780
The Harrow Press
Price: $15.99, Paperback


An anthology of frightening tales from writers around the world, including Nancy's story, "Mommybaby."  All profits go to the nonprofit organization Doctors without Borders.

 

Other Books

That's Ghosts for You: 13 Scary Stories

That's Ghosts for You

Edited by Marianne Carus
Illustrated by YoungSheng Xuan
Copyright 2000
ISBN: 0-8126-2675-3
Front Street/ Cricket Books
Price: $15.95, Hardcover.
Recommended for ages 8-14.

A creepy collection of thirteen ghost stories guaranteed to leave your spine tingling, your soul chilled, and your heart skipping beats. You'll meet everything from haunted Scottish bagpipes to the vengeful ghosts of Japanese samurai. The illustrations are striking black & white papercuts. Many (though not all) of the stories are favorites collected from the pages of Cricket, the award-winning children's magazine. Includes Nancy's Bram Stoker Award winning story, "Bigger than Death."

 

Bruce Coville's UFOs

Bruce Coville's UFOs

Edited by Bruce Coville
Illustrated by Ernie Colón & John Nyberg
Copyright 2000
ISBN: 0-380-80257-0 (Avon Books)
Price: $4.99, Softcover.
Recommended for ages 8-14.

Thirteen weird and chilling stories of encounters with unidentified flying objects by some of the greats of scary fiction, including Harlan Ellison, Michael Markiewicz, Noreen Doyle, David M. Honigsberg, Diana Wynne Jones, and others. Contains Nancy's story, "Fireflies." Bet you never knew peanut butter could be so dangerous!


Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens II

Bruce Coville's Aliens IIEdited by Bruce Coville
Copyright 1996
ISBN: 0-590-85293-0 (Scholastic Books)
Price: $3.99, Softcover.
Recommended for ages 8-12

A paperback anthology edited by Bruce Coville, one of America's best-loved writers of children's fantasy and science fiction. Chock full of out-of-this-world tales suitable for kids from 8 to 80. Stories by Coville, Jane Yolen, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and others. Includes Nancy's story, "The Spider Beast," set on the eerie volcanic world of my children's sf novel, The Crystal City.


Bruce Coville's Book of Ghosts

Bruce Coville's Ghosts

Edited by Bruce Coville
Copyright 1994
ISBN: 0-590-46160-5 (Scholastic Books)
Price: $3.99, Softcover.
Recommended for ages 8-12

Like Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens II, this is another volume in Coville's popular anthology series for kids. Contains twelve chilling ghost stories. Scariness by Coville, Mary Downing Hahn, James D. Macdonald, Jane Yolen, and others. Includes Nancy's story, "Jasper's Ghost," the tale of two boys, a bully, and something else. Will a simple dare put Jasper in his grave?


Be Afraid

Be AfraidSelected by Edo van Belkom
Copyright 2000 by Edo van Belkom
ISBN: 0-88776-496-7 (Tundra Books, McClelland & Stewart Young Readers, Canada)
Price: US$6.95/CAN$8.99, Softcover.
Recommended for Young Adult readers.

Be Afraid! of the changes that occur to young bodies as they grow into adulthood.

Be Afraid! of the stranger in your house who also happens to be the newest member of your family.

Be Afraid! of wanting something so badly that you end up paying the ultimate price just to have it.

Collected in this volume, you'll find 15 chilling stories about the particular horrors we face while growing up. Contains new or reprinted work by many of the great names in Horror, including Joe R. Lansdale, Richard Laymon, Steve Rasnic Tem, Tim Wynne-Jones, and many more. Check out Nancy's story, "The Flat-Brimmed Hat," about a Nevada girl's battle with her future self. (First appeared in Twilight Zone Magazine.)


American Gothic Tales

American Gothic Tales Edited by Joyce Carol Oates
Copyright 1996
ISBN: 0-452-27489-3 (Plume/ Dutton Signet/ Penguin)
Price: $14.95, Trade softcover.

To quote the publisher, "This impressive trade paperback collection edited by Joyce Carol Oates reveals the astonishing scope of the gothic writer's subject matter, style, and incomparable genius for manipulating our emotions and penetrating our dreams." With Oates' superb introduction and 46 stories by writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Kathe Koja, American Gothic Tales is "destined to become the standard one-volume edition of the genre that American writers, if they didn't create it outright, have brought to its chilling zenith." Includes Nancy's story, "Cat in Glass."

 

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Forthcoming Works

The Horror of Money

Aimed at young adults, but useful for readers of any age. Enjoy a horror writer's take on the fine art of building a satisfying life and a healthy financial hedge against the Powers of Darkness .

The Harrilore (working title)

A thick novel that blends science fact, science fiction, and contemporary fantasy for ages 13 and up. On the night of his thirteenth birthday, eerie music beckons Figgy Figueroa to a rocky beach, where a girl with wings gives him a mysterious, powerful stone. Thus begins a journey of discovery about the true nature of the universe, and a race to save two worlds including his own.

 

 

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Complete Bibliography


  • "Nimitseahpah" (Short story, reprint; Nightmare Magazine, April 2014)
  • The Power of Un (Children's novel, translated reprint, Lime Publishing, Korea, 2014)
  • "Nimitseahpah" (Short story, reprint, Fantasy & Science Fiction Edizione Italiana, translated; Issue #4, Elara Libri, Italy, October 2013)
  • The Power of Un (Children's novel, translated reprint, Tokuma Shoten Publishing, Japan, 2008)
  • "Mommybaby" (Short story; Midnight Lullabies, Kfir Luzzatto, ed., The Harrow Press, November 2007)
  • "Honey in the Wound" (Short story for young adults, International Horror Guild Award winner; The Restless Dead, Deborah Noyes, ed., Candlewick Press, September 2007)
  • The Power of Un (Children's novel, translated reprint, Prunsoop Publishing, Korea, 2005)
  • The Power of Un (Children's novel, translated reprint, Il Potere di Undo, Adriano Salani Editore s.r.l.; Italy, July 2004)
  • "Nimitseahpah" (Short story, Bram Stoker Award-Winner; Fantasy & Science Fiction, January 2004)
  • Cat in Glass and Other Tales of the Unnatural (Story collection suitable for ages 14 and up, Bram Stoker Award finalist; Front Street/ Cricket Books, October 2002)
  • The Power of Un (Children's novel, reprint; Bram Stoker Award Winner, Golden Duck Award Winner, Georgia Children's Book Award, Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize Honor Book, Nautilus Award Finalist, PEN USA West Award Finalist; Scholastic Books, April 2002)
  • "Tommyknocker" (Short story for children; Cricket Magazine, May 2001)
  • "Small Bites" (Essay; Personal Demons, Brian A. Hopkins & Garrett Peck, eds., Lone Wolf Publications, April 2001)
  • "Demolition" (Short story, Bram Stoker Award Finalist; Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 2001)
  • "The Flat-Brimmed Hat" (Short story, reprint; Be Afraid, Edo van Belkom, ed., Tundra Books, Fall 2000)
  • "Bigger than Death" (Short story for children, reprint, Bram Stoker Award Winner; That's Ghosts for You, Marianne Carus, ed., Front Street/ Cricket Books, Fall 2000)
  • "Fireflies" (Short story for children; Bruce Coville's UFOs, Bruce Coville, ed., Avon Books, June 2000)
  • "Dave Dickel's Historic Interview with the Father of the Hart Cart" (Short story; Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2000)
  • The Power of Un (Children's novel, Bram Stoker Award Winner, Golden Duck Award Winner, Georgia Children's Book Award, Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize Honor Book, Nautilus Award Finalist, PEN USA West Award Finalist; Front Street/ Cricket Books, May 2000)
  • "Werewife" (Short story, reprint, "Werfrau," translated by Wilko Mueller; Solar-X #114, Germany, July 1999)
  • "Werewife" (Short story; Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 1999)
  • "Why I Live in the San Francisco Bay Area" (Essay; SFWA Bulletin, Fall 1998)
  • "Double Silver Truth" (Novelette; Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 1998; Locus recommended reading list.)
  • "Bigger Than Death" (Short story for children, Bram Stoker Award Winner; Cricket Magazine, March 1998)
  • "The Tuckahoe" (Short story, reprint; 100 Fiendish Little Frightmares, Stefan Dziemianowicz and Robert Weinberg, ed., Barnes & Noble Books, 1997)
  • "Saints and Martyrs" (Short story; Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 1997; Stoker Award preliminary ballot)
  • "Benbow" (Short story, translated reprint; Die Säumige Zeitmaschine, Wolfgang Jeschke, ed., W. Heyne Verlag, Germany, 1997)
  • "Want's Bridge" (Short story; New Altars, Dawn Albright & Sandra Hutchinson, ed., Angelus Press, March 1997)
  • "Writers and Depression" (Article, reprint; Best of Speculations web site, January 1997--January 2000)
  • "Lunch at Etienne's" (Short story, reprint, "Essen bei Etiennes," translated by Wilko Mueller; Solar-X #78, Germany, September 1996)
  • "Writers and Depression" (Article, reprint; Speculations, June 1996)
  • "Mollusk Dreams" (Short story, translated reprint; Die Verwandlung, Wolfgang Jeschke, ed., W. Heyne Verlag, Germany, 1996)
  • "Basque Potatoes with Wine" (Recipe with commentary; Serve It Forth: Cooking with Anne McCaffrey, Anne McCaffrey, ed., October 1996)
  • "The Spider Beast" (Short story for children; Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens 2, Bruce Coville, ed., Scholastic Books, October 1996)
  • "Cat in Glass" (Short story, reprint; American Gothic Tales, ed., Joyce Carol Oates, Dutton-Signet, October 1996)
  • "Writers and Depression" (Article; The Write Edge, December 1995)
  • "Benbow" (Short story; Enchanted Forests, Katherine Kerr & Martin Greenberg, ed., DAW Books, December 1995)
  • "The Lily and the Weaver's Heart" (Novelette; The Armless Maiden and Other Tales for Childhood's Survivors, Terri Windling, ed., Tor Books, March 1995)
  • "Cat in Glass" (Short story, translated reprint; Mystisiä Kissatarinoita, Book Studio Oy, Finland, 1995.)
  • "Mollusk Dreams" (Short story; Xanadu 3, Jane Yolen, ed., Tor Books, January 1995; Stoker Award preliminary ballot)
  • "Cooking with Rodents" (Short story, reprint, "Kochen mit Nagetieren", translated by Wilko Mueller; Solar-X, Germany, 1994)
  • "On Balance" (Essay; The Report, November/December 1994)
  • "Jasper's Ghost" (Short story for children; Bruce Coville's Book of Ghosts, Bruce Coville, ed., Scholastic Books, 1994)
  • "Cooking with Rodents" (Short story; Rat Tales, Jon Gustafson, ed., Pulphouse Publishing, 1994)
  • "Cat in Glass" (Short story, reprint; Mysterious Cat Stories, John Richard Stephens, ed., Carroll & Graf, 1993)
  • "Shore Leave Blacks" (Short story, translated reprint; Die Menagerie von Babel, Wolfgang Jeschke, ed., W. Heyne Verlag, Germany, 1992.)
  • "Short Leave Blacks" (Short story, translated reprint; Millemondiestate 1992, Arnoldo Mondidori, ed., Millemondi, Milano, Italy, 1992)
  • "Lunch at Etienne's" (Short story, translated reprint; Spotkania, Poland, 1992)
  • "Clotaire's Balloon" (Short story, translated reprint; Der Fensterjesus, Wolfgang Jeschke, ed., W. Heyne Verlag, Germany, 1992)
  • "Cat in Glass" (Short story, translated reprint; Das Blei der Zeit, Wolfgang Jeschke, ed., W. Heyne Verlag, Germany, 1991)
  • "Shore Leave Blacks" (Short story, translated reprint; Editorial Serio, Spain, 1991)
  • "The Sailor's Bargain" (Novella, translated reprint; Fantastyka Magazine, Poland, Czerwiec 1991)
  • "The River Temple" (Novelette, translated reprint; Die Wahre Lehre--nach Mickymaus, Wolfgang Jeschke, ed., W. Heyne Verlag , Germany, 1991)
  • "Cat in Glass" (Short story, reprint; The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, Windling & Datlow, eds., St. Martin's Press, June 1990)
  • The Crystal City (Children's novel reprint; Scholastic "Quest Extenders" Books; June 1990)
  • "The Year of Reading Frantically" (Essay; Quantum Magazine, Spring 1990)
  • "Lunch at Etienne's" (Short story, translated reprint; Lasernauti, Arnoldo Mondadori, ed., Martin Caidin, Milano, Italy, 1990)
  • "Shore Leave Blacks" (Short story; Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 1990; Nebula Awards preliminary ballot; Locus recommended reading list)
  • "The Incredible Christmas Wish" (Short story, translated reprint; Für Sie Magazine, West Germany, December 1989)
  • "Cat in Glass" (Short story; Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 1989; Nebula Awards preliminary ballot)

    "The Canyon Trees" (Short story; Pulphouse Hardback Magazine #4, Summer 1989)
  • "The Sailor's Bargain" (Novella; Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 1989; Nebula Awards preliminary ballot)
  • "The Incredible Christmas Wish" (Short story, translated reprint; Un fantastico Natale. 31 Natali alieni, Arnoldo Mondadori, ed., Marzio Tosello, Milano, Italy, 1988)
  • "The Incredible Christmas Wish" (Short story, translated reprint; Fantastyka Magazine, Poland, Grudzien 1988)
  • "The Incredible Christmas Wish" (Short story, translated reprint; Das Weihnachtsbuch der Phantasie, Uwe Luserke, ed., West Germany, 1988)
  • "Lunch at Etienne's" (Short story, translated reprint; Fantastyka Magazine, Poland, 1988)
  • "The Incredible Christmas Wish" (Short story; Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 1988)
  • "Lunch at Etienne's" (Fantasy & Science Fiction, November 1987; Nebula Awards preliminary ballot; Locus recommended reading list)
  • "The Flat-brimmed Hat" (Short story; Twilight Zone Magazine, April 1987)
  • "The River Temple" (Novelette; Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 1986; Nebula Awards preliminary ballot; classroom material at DeVry Bell & Howell Institute of Technology)
  • "Encouraging Your Child to Write" (Article; Bay Area Parent, June 1986)
  • "The Tuckahoe" (Short story; Shadows 8, Charles Grant, ed., Doubleday, 1985)
  • The Crystal City (Children's novel; Avon Books, 1985)
  • "Azucena" (Short story; Borderland, Summer 1985)
  • "The Ladies of Wahloon Lake" (Short story; Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 1985; Nebula Awards preliminary ballot)
  • "Clotaire's Balloon" (Short story; Fantasy & Science Fiction, November 1984) Currently available online at
  • Stranger from the Stars (Children's novel; Avon Books, 1983; also a Weekly Reader Book Club selection, 1983-84)
  • The Watchers of Space (Children's novel; Avon Books, 1980; also a Troll Book Club selection, 1980-81; B. Dalton's Children's Bestseller list)

Poetry:

  • Numerous poems published in various venues, including Pulpsmith, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction, Palace Corbie, Dark Regions & Horror, and Arthritis Today. Some of my poetry is also available for viewing on this web site at Poem of the Week, and in the linked Poetry Archive.

 

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