About Curiosity Quills: Primetime

Curiosity Quills Press brings together bestselling authors like J.R. Rain, Tony Healey, A.W. Exley, and more to create a spine-tingling, mind-blowing, quirky collection of short stories in their first ever, annual Curiosity Quills: Primetime Anthology.

Included Short Stories:

  • And Death Shall Have No Dominion - K.H. Koehler
    Sometimes dead really is better… but not always attainable. A Nick Englebrecht short.
  • Cyber Cowboy - James Wymore
    An accountant, separated from the woman he loves, must decide if he has what it takes to save her from the horrible fate dealt when the Actuator turns her half of the city into a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
  • Dark Orb - Tony Healey
    It’s 1985 and young George is going to encounter some of the darkness that people face in their lives, and come to understand how they manage to live with it… if they are able to.
  • Ephemera - Gerilyn Marin
    While touring a house for signs of a paranormal activity, amateur psychic consultant Giselle Boudreaux has a frightening encounter unlike anything she’s experienced before.
  • The Fridge - J.R. Rain
    A man buys a top-of-the-line kitchen appliance and watches, horrified, how it quickly puts his life on ice. But when he wins and manages to put himself out of its reach by what most would call spectacularly losing, the FRIDGE has the last laugh.
  • Ghost Placers - Nina Post
    When the owner of a ghost relocation service gets the chance to land a lucrative contract that would change his life forever, he must decide if achieving the success he’s always dreamed of is really worth the cost.
  • Gothic Gwen - A.W. Exley
    It’s not the constant taunts from the other kids driving sixteen year old Gwen bat shit crazy, but the white hot pain spiking through her brain. Seeking refuge in her small sanctuary, she wants to know why, just for once, can’t the cosmos cut a girl some slack?
  • How I Killed the Drama - Mike Robinson
    A traveling salesman, staying overnight in an out-of-the-way hotel, stumbles upon the astonishing secret of humankind’s every teardrop and every turmoil, and resolves to take advantage.
  • Mad Science - Sharon Bayliss
    Nothing can stand in the way of Heather marrying her true love. Even her fiancee’s death. Both love and science are best when done madly…
  • On the Rocks - William Vitka
    In the quest for Earth’s resources, there is space…and there is madness in the black.
  • Razor Child - Michael Shean
    In a society so glittering, it feels like shards of ice cutting through tender skin, there arises a Mother that feeds Her Razor children enough of a pap of truth and lies to make them do anything with a madman’s smile. Literally anything.
  • Sinergy - A.E. Propher & Grace Eyre
    Antoine DeLongville, once a high-ranking member of the Catholic Church, flees from the secretive Order after he discovers their plot to target the only woman he’s ever loved. His journey is marked with both extreme danger and remarkable fortune, as if unseen forces are waging a war over his fate.
  • Tell Us Everything - Randy Attwood
    Goth girl connects her piercings to perceive the truths around her and starts broadcasting the news.
  • The Caw - Eliza Tilton
    Lena’s plan is to spend one perfect night with Johnny Ridge; regardless if it’s in a creepy cemetery, but as the night twists, and her best friend disappears, Lena discovers some things are more terrifying than the dead.
  • The Damned and the Dangerous - Michael Panush
    La Cruz looks like an average Southern California small town, but it has some dark secrets - and it has its guardians. They are the supernaturally adept drivers of Donovan Motors, including zombie greaser Roscoe, who stand between La Cruz and chaos with only their wits and some fast hot rods to help them.
  • The Last Carnivale - Vicki Keire
    Roaming the forbidden surface of her burnt and twisted world, the princess of ash and cinders finds hope one day too late.
  • The Milgram Battery - Matthew Graybosch
    Obedience isn’t always a virtue, and defiance isn’t always a sin.
  • The Notebook - Randy Attwood
    College professor returns to his student apartment to see if a notebook he left in the attic is still there; some truths are better left untold.
  • The Pearl - Rand B. Lee
    Fantasy lovers are inexorably drawn to the borderlands of consensus reality. In this story, Rand B. Lee explores the twilight realm between death and afterlife from the viewpoint of one of society’s most despised castoffs.
  • Trevor - Nathan Yocum
    Cargo Specialist Trevor Ponsi wakes up for his shift—just like any other day. Oddly enough, the crew has vanished, the vessel is wildly off-course, and the ship’s AI insists on holding Trevor hostage until he can win a round of tic-tac-toe. What exactly happened while he was asleep?

Reviews for Curiosity Quills: Primetime

There is much to this world that we don't understand.” (“Dark Orb” by Tony Healey, pg. 55) That quote fairly well encapsulates what these stories are all about. A number of my favorite authors have stories in this anthology, so where applicable I'll be making links to reviews of their other work. I will also say that there is some really sweet artwork scattered through this book and I desperately want a paper copy so I can see them better.

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Beautifully written, I found this a quick and interesting read. I learned The Hobbit was written in 1930s. How did I not know this before? It is always a plus when you walk away learning something new from a book.  But from a short story? Kudos to the author! If I had to offer feedback for the writer, watch the use of descriptions. The school uniform was great, the glasses not so much. Think about this from the point of view of the character.

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