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The Spellmason Chronicles

(Book THREE of The Spellmason Chronicles)
Anton Strout
On Sale 9/30/14


When Alexandra Belarus discovered her family’s secret ability to breathe life into stone, she uncovered an entire world of magic hidden within New York City—a world she has accidentally thrown into chaos. A spell gone awry has set thousands of gargoyles loose upon Manhattan, and it’s up to Lexi and her faithful protector, Stanis, to put things right.

But the stress of saving the city is casting a pall over Lexi and Stanis’s relationship, driving them to work separately to solve the problem. As Stanis struggles to unite the gargoyle population, Lexi forges unlikely alliances with witches, alchemists and New York’s Finest to quell an unsettling uprising led by an ancient and deadly foe long thought vanquished.

To save her city, Lexi must wield more power than ever before with the added hope of recovering a mysterious artifact that could change her world—and bring her closer to Stanis than she ever thought possible…

(Book TWO of The Spellmason Chronicles)
Anton Strout


Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family’s business…until she discovered her true legacy—a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. And as her powers awoke, so did her family’s most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. But when a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear.

With Stanis gone, Lexi’s efforts to master Spellmasonry—even with the help of her dedicated friends—are faltering. Hidden forces both watch her and threaten her, and she finds herself suddenly under the mysterious wing of a secret religious society determined to keep magic hidden from the world.

But the question of Stanis’s fate haunts her—and as the storm around her grows, so does the fear that she won’t be able to save him in her turn.

(Book ONE of The Spellmason Chronicles)
Anton Strout


Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering Gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great-grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure who knows the Belarus name…

Lexi’s great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason—an artisan who could work magic on stone. But in his day, dark forces conspired against him and his, so he left a spell of protection on his family. Now that Lexi is in danger, the spell has awoken her ancestor’s most trusted and fearsome creation: a gargoyle named Stanis.

Lexi and Stanis are equally surprised to find themselves bound to each other. But as they learn to work together, they realize that only united can they save the city they both love…

The Simon Canderous Series

Dead To Me
Anton Strout

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Book 1 in the continuing adventures of Simon Canderous

Welcome to the Department of Extraordinary Affairs Other  Division- New York's answer to the underfunded world of paranormal investigation.  It’s a job caught up in red tape, memos, and office politics, but its becoming par for the course for recent recruit Simon Canderous.  After a life of petty crime and twenty four years of watching his power of psychometry—the ability to divine information solely by touching an object—destroy any chance of a real relationship, he’s joined the forces of Good hoping to gain some control.  But when the mysterious ghost of a recently dead woman shows up at the Lovecraft Café, he and his mentor must figure out how she fits into a nefarious plot involving the cultists rights movement, a large wooden fish, and the forces of Darkness crushing on him.

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Deader Still
Anton Strout

Book 2 in the continuing adventures of Simon Canderous

It's hard to catch a break when you're the woefully underfunded Department of Extraordinary Affairs's lone psychometrist.  In the aftermath of a nefarious plot by some lowdown, dirty cultists, Simon's hoping New York City's paranormal scene will stay quiet for awhile...but the uncanny has an uncanny knack for ruining Simon's day.  When a Hudson River booze cruise sails into port full of bodies--drained of blood, no less--Simon thinks he may soon be hearing a lot of the dreaded V word (vampires), as well as the dreaded P word (paperwork).  And if things weren't hectic enough at the DEA, his girlfriend is studying technomancy a little too closely with her boss, his mentor seems to be hiding something from him, and a dangerous flame from his criminal past has blown into town and threatens to make his life a living hell unless he helps her out with one last art heist.  Oubliettes, living statues, Illinois gypsies, more zombies that you can shake a retractable steel bat at... it's all just another day at the office for Simon Canderous.

Dead Matter
Anton Strout

Book 3 in the continuing adventures of Simon Canderous

“Simon navigates the supernatural underbelly of New York City with a style and panache worthy of a thousand sequels.”—Amber Benson, author of Death’s Daughter

 When the paranormal raises its otherworldy head in New York City, the Department of Extraordinary Affairs executes a flawless, stick-the-landing smackdown. That’s the idea anyway, and Agent Simon Canderous can usually count on help from his mentor, Connor Christos. But Connor’s left Simon to handle a double case load as he cashes in on five years worth of saved vacation time. Simon suspects that Connor isn’t Club Medding so much as Club Deading it up—investigating the disappearance of his long lost brother.

Simon especially needs Connor when the spirit populace of Manhattan is shaken and stirred by someone intruding on their well-deserved R.I.P. But Connor’s relentless ghost whispering has sent him off the deep end; he’s haunted every night by visions of his brother’s ghost at his window. Simon’s partner may be going crazy—or worse, maybe he’s not...

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Dead Waters
Anton Strout

Book 4 in the continuing adventures of Simon Canderous

“Simon navigates the supernatural underbelly of New York City with a style and panache worthy of a thousand sequels.”—Amber Benson, author of Death’s Daughter

With Manhattan's Department of Extraordinary Affairs in disarray (forget vampires and zombies- it's the budget cuts that can kill you), Simon Canderous is still expected to stamp out any crime that adds the "para" to "normal."  And his newest case is no exception...

A university professor has been found murdered in his apartment.  His lungs show signs of death by drowning.  But his skin and clothes?  Bone dry.  Now Simon has to rely on his own powers- plus a little help from his ghost-whispering partner and technomancer girlfriend- to solve a mystery that has the NYPD stumped and the D.E.A. shaken and stirred.

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The Short Stories

After Hours:  Tales from the Ur-Bar
Joshua Palmatier & Patricia Bray
9780756406592     $7.99

Features my story Izdu-Bar, about a bouncer, a guitarist, and a bar set in a post-apocalyptic word... oh, and filled with zombies

Science fiction and fantasy readers have long shown an affinity for a good "bar story". Now some of today's most inventive scriveners have decided to tell their own tall tales-from an alewife's attempt to transfer the gods' curse to Gilgamesh, to Odin's decision to introduce Vikings to the Ur-Bar, from the Holy Roman Emperor's barroom bargain, to a demon hunter who may just have met his match in the ultimate magic bar, to a bouncer who discovers you should never let anyone in after hours in a world terrorized by zombies.

Boondocks Fantasy
Martin H. Greenberg & Jean Rabe
9780756406530     $7.99

features the story Marfa, about a late night encounter on the deserted roads of far West Texas, which Jennifer Belle called the least frightening story she had ever read.

From vampires in the Appalachians and leprechauns in the Smokies to mermaids in the Mississippi and bloodthirsty trolls in an Alabama trailer park the South makes a unique setting for the 20 stories in this anthology of redneck vampires, werewolves, wizards, elves, and other creatures.

Featuring original stories by Gene Wolfe, Timothy Zahn, Chris Pierson, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Steven Savile, Elizabeth A. Vaughan, Jay Lake, Anton Strout, and many more.
A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters
Martin H. Greenberg & Kerrie Hughes
9780756406145     $7.99

features the story Lupercalia, a tale of bitter love set in New York City... oh, and drowning demonic cherubs in the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity.

Brilliant, original sci-fi and fantasy stories featuring brave and bold heroines

Thirteen urban and paranormal tales of strong women, armed with weapons they are not afraid to use, as well as fists and feet of fury, who face monsters and bad guys-and are not above rescuing men in the process.
Spells of the City
Martin H. Greenberg & Jean Rabe
9780756405670     $7.99

Eighteen tales about the special magic that lurks in the heart of big cities

Venture into Spells of the City, where a troll may be your toll collector on the George Washington Bridge...Harry the Book will be happy to place your best in a spellbinding alternative New York...a gargoyle finds himself left to a lonely rooftop existence when he's forced to live by his creator's rules...and leprechauns must become bank robbers to keep up with the demand for their gold

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Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies
Martin H. Greenberg & Kerrie Hughes
9780756405823     $7.99

Features for lizzie, a Simon Canderous tie-in featuring Gauntlet archivist Godfrey Candellanlet archivist Godfrey

From a farmer at war with Nature’s creatures, to dangerous doings when the henhouse goes on-line, to the hazards of keeping company with a book wyrm, here are ingenious tales that will make readers laugh or cry—or double-check to make sure that their windows & doors are firmly locked against the things that prowl the night.

The Dimension Next Door
Martin H. Greenberg & Kerrie Hughes
9780756405090     $7.99

Includes a tie-in story set in the world of Simon Canderous

Thirteen original stories about thouse realities just around the corner from our own


From Benjamin Franklin's best kept secret...  to  a young woman who has inadvertently become a counselor for ghosts... to a virtual reality anti-terrorist expert... to a Keeper of Unreadable Books- these are stories that will give you a whole new slant on the might have been, might yet be, and all the things we can't quite see in our own world...

Pandora's Closet
Martin H. Greenberg & Jean Rabe
9780756404376     $7.99

Nineteen original tales of the Pandora legend-as no one has ever imagined it before

When Pandora's Box was opened, so the ancient tale goes, all the evils that would beset humanity were released into the world.  When the box was all but empty, the only thing that remained was hope.  Now some of fantasy's finest writers have taken on the task of opening Pandora's closet.   It is naturally chock full of an assortment of items , including a ring that can bring its wearer infinite health, a special helmet found in the most unlikely of places, a mysterious box that holds a legendary piece of cloth, and a red hoodie that transforms a woman's world.  These stories are of items claimed by people, but only at their own peril.  After indulging in these stories, readers will certainly look at their own closets in a whole new light.

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