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It's a Love Story: The Enfield Monster

Dannye Chase Dark Cheer: Cryptids Emerging Volume Blue Volume Silver

It's a Love Story: The Enfield Monster

By Dannye Chase "I went home," Pearl said. She knew she had a sharp mournful cry, and struggled to keep it out of her voice. "Your old home." "Enfield," Jessica said. "Oh, my dear, I haven't lived there in twenty years." My story of cryptids emerging focuses on the lifelong romance between a human woman, Jessica, and a swamp creature named Pearl, who is based on the legend of the “Enfield Monster.” In the story, Pearl’s memory has started to weaken with age. I based Pearl’s experience on a very good friend whom I lost to dementia. His name was...

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On Creating an Indian Cryptid (and Not Quitting)

Dark Cheer: Cryptids Emerging Fireflies and Thieves Neethu Krishnan Volume Silver

On Creating an Indian Cryptid (and Not Quitting)

By Neethu Krishnan I had never written a story featuring a fantastical creature before – that is, before my story "Fireflies and Thieves." My first impulse at the submission call for the Cryptids Emerging, anthology was to sigh and self-sabotage, citing the following reasons: * I was scantily, if at all, informed about the cryptid universe. * I stood no chance against excellent high-fantasy writers, who I pictured plucking a bunch of just-perfect drafts off their towering desk pile and sending them out into the world of sure-fire acceptance. * I could de facto eliminate the possibility of rejection by...

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Breathing Deep: sirens in wheelchairs, trans shapeshifters, and autistic sea monsters

Dark Cheer: Cryptids Emerging Volume Blue Volume Silver

Breathing Deep: sirens in wheelchairs, trans shapeshifters, and autistic sea monsters

The thing we want to do with the cryptid books is what we want to do with all our books – tell adventure-mystery-eerie-cool stories about everybody else. You know who I mean by everyone else, so I'll say little other than across volume blue and volume silver we have a siren in a wheelchair, an autistic sea monster, a trans shapeshifter, gay characters, disabled characters, minority characters – these two books are filled with adventure tales about people who are these things but not just, not only – and half the time simply incidentally. Breathing Deep For me it was...

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