Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. Mercedes M. Yardley’s Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy is a dark, lovely fairy tale with lyrical language and a high body count.
Lou Antonelli is a modern speculative fiction author with classic sensibilities, honed by a long career as a newspaperman. His short story “Great White Ship” was a 2013 finalist for the Sidewise Award. He’s had 81 short stories published since 2003.