Stories from the Plague Years

Introduction by John Shirley, Interior illustrations by Gabrielle Faust

Stories from the Plague Years is the first fiction collection from award-winning fantasy author Michael Marano. Nine tales arranged in a haunting symphony that guides readers through a tour of the darkest landscapes of human existence.

Here, fury and hate grow so strong, they cannot be held within one man’s body, and manifest themselves to devastating effect. Cities contain second, unseen cities populated by the vengeful ghosts of those who died too soon. Countries fall to famine and war. But these are also the tales of love lasting beyond death, love existing beyond all hope, and friendships never forgotten. Within are the widely praised stories “Winter Requiem,” “The Siege,” and the controversial “Burden,” as well as two original novellas, including the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated “Displacement.”

Marano, acclaimed for his evocative voice, paints lush portraits both terrifying and tender, injecting even the darkest of fantasies with a punk rock sensibility and a touch of the humane. With Stories from the Plague Years, he presents snapshots of a time when our world collided with evil, sickness, and self-destruction, and left behind lasting scars on those who dared to survive.

Reviews of Stories from the Plague Years:

Crammed with tales that beguile you with lyrical prose, seductive imagery, and spot-on characters that steal your breath with unblinking terror.
—F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Ground Zero
Michael Marano is a writer’s writer, and Stories from the Plague Yearsis a haunting tour of Marano’s fierce imagination. This collection is the perfect combination of lush writing, memorable characters, and stories served raw.
—Tananarive Due, American Book-Award winning author of Blood Colony, The Living Blood and My Soul to Keep

eShorts

These single stories from this collection are available for individual purchase:

Displacement by Michael Marano

In this Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novella, a young man taps the modern day anxieties about serial killers and so becomes a serial killer in order to avenge his own murder. “[A] tale that takes several unexpected and delicious turns, somehow combining a Poe-like belligerence and a Clive Barker–like vividness” (Daniel Kraus, Booklist).

This tale comes from Stories from the Plague Years, the debut short fiction collection of International Horror Guild Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Marano.

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Little Round Head by Michael Marano

A human child is raised by monsters. But who are the real monsters? The human parents? Or the shaggy, flesh-eating, adoptive ones? daniel Kraus of Booklist called this story “Nothing short of a horror classic!”

This tale comes from Stories from the Plague Years, the debut short fiction collection of International Horror Guild Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Marano.

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Changeling by Michael Marano

A disembodied, immortal entity takes the form of the 'the thing under every kid's bed' through malevolent psychic manipulation that is forced upon it.

This tale comes from Stories from the Plague Years, the debut short fiction collection of International Horror Guild Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Marano.

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The Siege by Michael Marano

Forces of cosmic justice grant certain murder victims the gift of reincarnation to avenge themselves, but at a terrible cost.

This tale comes from Stories from the Plague Years, the debut short fiction collection of International Horror Guild Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Marano.

ChiZine Publications (CZP) curates the best of the bizarre, bringing you the most excitingly weird, subtle, dark, and disturbing literary fiction. Look for more titles in the ChiZine short stories collection to build your digital library.

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Burden by Michael Marano

The last surviving member of a community destroyed by AIDS shoulders the terrible burden of remembering his dead friends... who rise up in anger when he shirks that duty. This story “captures that fear and that crushing sense of loss permeating a disease-stricken community to (literal) haunting effect” (Theresa DeLucci, Tor.com).

This tale comes from Stories from the Plague Years, the debut short fiction collection of International Horror Guild Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Marano.

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...And The Damage Done by Michael Marano

A man finds that the gift of prophecy is a curse as he is unable to prevent the deaths of those he loves, and to prevent his own fate at the hands of those who have hunted him since birth.

“The quiet fury of '...And The Damage Done' is indelible” (Staci Layne Wilson, Horror.com).

This tale comes from Stories from the Plague Years, the debut short fiction collection of International Horror Guild Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Marano.

ChiZine Publications (CZP) curates the best of the bizarre, bringing you the most excitingly weird, subtle, dark, and disturbing literar

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Exit Wound by Michael Marano

A young man gives up everything for his lover, who in turn gives up more than even his life for his art—over and over again. This story was nominated for the Gaylactic Spectrum Award.

This tale comes from Stories from the Plague Years, the debut short fiction collection of International Horror Guild Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Marano.

ChiZine Publications (CZP) curates the best of the bizarre, bringing you the most excitingly weird, subtle, dark, and disturbing literary fiction. Look for more titles in the ChiZine short stories collection to build your digital li

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Winter Requiem by Michael Marano

A dying musician reaches out to an unthinkable evil to finish his last composition. A story that continues the War in Hell arc from Marano's widely praised novel, Dawn Song.

This tale comes from Stories from the Plague Years, the debut short fiction collection of International Horror Guild Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Marano.

ChiZine Publications (CZP) curates the best of the bizarre, bringing you the most excitingly weird, subtle, dark, and disturbing literary fiction. Look for more titles in the ChiZine short stories collection to build your digital library.

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Shibboleth by Michael Marano

To save those whom he loves, a boy journeys to the hinterlands surrounding a plague-ravaged Boston along with a companion and... something else? An Honorable Mention List selection for Best Horror of the Year, “‘Shibboleth’ captures humanity at its best and its worst... rarely has humanity been captured so well within literature” (Ben Eads, Shroud Magazine).

This tale comes from Stories from the Plague Years, the debut short fiction collection of International Horror Guild Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Marano.

ChiZine Publications (CZP) curates the best of the biza

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Author Info

Former Punk rock DJ, bouncer, male model, and radio producer Michael Marano is a horror, dark fantasy and science fiction writer, with works in anthologies such as The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 and Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories from the Edge. his first novel, Dawn Song garnered the Bram Stoker and international horror Guild awards. Stories From the Plague Years, a collection of Marano’s new and reprinted short fiction, was named one of the Top Ten Horror releases of 2011 by Booklist. His novella Displacement was nominated for a 2011 Shirley Jackson Award. Since 1990, he has been reviewing movies for the Public Radio Satellite System program Movie Magazine International, produced in San Francisco and syndicated in more than 111 markets in the U.S. and Canada. He teaches at Grub Street, a non-profit creative writing centre.

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