Grimm, Grit, & Gasoline TOC

Today I am pleased to announce a new anthology full of rich, creamy, dieselpunk goodness.

Two young women defy the devil with the power of friendship. The pilot of a talking plane discovers a woman who transforms into a swan every night and is pulled into a much more personal conflict than the war he’s already fighting. A pair of twins with special powers find themselves in Eva Braun’s custody and wrapped up in a nefarious plan. A team of female special agents must destroy a secret weapon–the spindle–before it can be deployed, but when they discover one of their number has betrayed them, things get messy. The daughter of a gangster is being held hostage on the top floor of a hotel and, now unbeknownst to her, the secret that had been keeping her safe has been revealed and her time is running out. These and over a dozen other dieselpunk and decopunk fairy tales can be found in this anthology.

Retellings of The Little Mermaid, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Monkey King, Swan Lake, Pinoccio and more are all showcased alongside some original fairy tale-like stories. Featuring stories by Alicia K. Anderson, Jack Bates, Patrick Bollivar, Sara Cleto, Amanda C. Davis, Jennifer R. Donohue, Juliet Harper, Blake Jessop, A.A. Medina, Lizz Donnelly, Nellie K. Neves, Wendy Nikel, Brian Trent, Alena Van Arendonk, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Sarah Van Goethem, Robert E. Vardeman and Zannier Alejandra

Dieselpunk and decopunk are alternative history re-imaginings of (roughly) the WWI and WWII eras. These are tales with the grit of roaring bombers, rumbling tanks, of ‘We Can Do It’, the Great Depression and old time gangsters, or with the glamour of flappers, Hollywood starlets, smoky jazz, elegant cars and Radio City Music Hall. Plus fairy tales.

I’ve got a dieselpunk Monkey King in here, because of course I do, and I’m pleased to say that I’m sharing this TOC with my sister Alena, who wrote an engine-roaring ’20s Rapunzel tale.

“Circles and Salt” by Sara Cleto
“Salvage” by A.A. Medina
“The Loch” by Zannier Alejandra
“Evening Chorus” by Lizz Donnelly
“To Go West” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
“Bonne Chance Confidential” by Jack Bates
“늑대 – The Neugdae” by Juliet Harper
“The Rescue of Tresses Malone” by Alena Van Arendonk
“Daughters of Earth and Air” by Robert E. Vardeman
“Easy as Eating Pie” by Amanda C. Davis
“Accidents are Not Possible” by Sarah Van Goethem
“A Princess, a Spy, and a Dwarf Walked into a Bar Full of Nazis” by Patrick Bollivar
“Steel Dragons of a Luminous Sky” by Brian Trent
“Ramps and Rocket” by Alicia K Anderson
“As The Spindle Burns” by Nellie K. Neves
“Make This Water No Deeper” by Blake Jessop
“One Hundred Years” by Jennifer R. Donohue
“Things Forgotten on the Cliffs of Avevig” by Wendy Nikel

Grimm, Grit, and Gasoline will release September, 3, 2019. Watch for it!

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  1. This sounds absolutely freaking fabulous, Laura! Can hardly wait ’til it comes out!!!

  2. Thanks! I’m pretty enthused about it, too!

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