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New Release – Sha’Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse

Posted by Dark Whisperer on August 15, 2009

Sha'DaaSha’Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse

Authors: Michael H. Hanson and Edward F. McKeown

Publisher: Altered Dimensions Press

Release Date: May 1st, 2009

ISBN-10: 0982135246
ISBN-13: 978-0982135242

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Once every 10,000 years comes The Sha’Daa, a two-day stretch of time when evil is permitted to cross the dimensional barriers and attack the Earth. This shared-world anthology is a collection of exciting and frightening tales which all combine to tell an epic account that runs the gamut from true soul-shaking horror to wry and ironic takes on the end of reality as we know it. Unlikely heroes in unusual locations around the globe battle not only for their own survival, but for all of humanity. Fortunately we are not entirely on our own. Strange allies lurk in the shadows and cracks of space and time. Strangest of them all is “The Salesman,” a mysterious figure with many names and faces, doomed to travel the Earth for thousands of years, trading in artifacts and favors, forever plotting and scheming in his seemingly doomed effort to thwart The Sha’Daa.

10,000 years have passed since the last Sha’Daa, a stretch of time so long that even the legends of it have faded from mankind’s collective memory. For ten millennium demons and monsters have been nothing more than folktales, relegated to obscure campfire orations which we no longer pay heed. But make no mistake. The hell realms endure. And their innumerable denizens slaver with hatred, lusting for human blood. And now their time has come. Are you ready for The Sha’Daa?

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword | Mike Resnick
  • Akasa/Interludes I-X/Prana/Xenogenesis | Michael H. Hanson
  • The Dive | Edward F. McKeown
  • Tunguska Outpact | Deborah Koren
  • Lava Lovers | Wilson “Pete” Marsh
  • The Way of The Warrior | Arthur Sanchez
  • Breaking Even | Jamie Schmidt
  • Dixie Chrononauts | D.R. MacMaster
  • The Great Nyuk-Nyuk | Adrienne Ray
  • Talking Heads | Nancy Jackson
  • The Seventh Continent | Lee Ann Kuruganti
  • The Salesman | Rob Adams

Whispers about Sha’Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse

Sha’Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse is an end of the world book like no other I have read before. The anthology was written by various authors whose tales weave together into a seamless novel, rather than a collection of related stories. Every ten thousand years the veils between the dimensions weaken for a 48 hour period and hellish monsters attempt to invade the Earth and transform it into their own version of Hell. This time period is known as the Sha’Daa. The tales featured in the anthology are diverse and strikingly different but they play off one another very well, and together they tell the story of how humanity and the forces of good struggle to prevent the evil of the Sha’Daa from spreading to our world. All in all, Sha’Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse is a book any fan of “end of the world fiction” must add to their library.” – Eric S. Brown, author of The War of the Worlds Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies

“Even in a field that prides itself upon being unique, Sha’Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse is a most unusual book. With a concept based on a fine story by Michael Hanson, it is not quite a round- robin novel by its many authors, but is somehow more than an anthology. Hanson…created the venue, a world visited by hideous things every ten thousand years, and wrote the bridge material between stories. This book owes a lot to H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, but make no mistake: you will not run into adjectives like “gibbous”, “squamous” and “eldritch” every other paragraph. There’s horror here, but it’s an up-to-date 21st Century horror… and [the stories] not only all stand alone, but they also hang together because they are built around Hanson’s premise: that the Sha’Daa – that 48-hour period when the portals are open between the monsters’ dimension and our own – actually exists. In fact, there is not only a shared conceit – Sha’Daa – but also a wonderful and totally original creation known as The Salesman, who performs beautifully in a number of stories by diverse hands. If Lovecraft were around to read Sha’Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse, I think his first reaction would be annoyance (“They’re building on my concept”), followed by a giggle or two (“They had a lot of fun doing it,”), and ultimately pride (“They updated it and did it right.”) He isn’t the only one. I think Edmond Hamilton, Jack Williamson, Clark Ashton Smith, and even Robert Sheckley could see bits of their ideas or approaches here, all filtered through this band of motivated writers, and they would be just as pleased.” – Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award Winning Author of Kirinyaga and Stalking the Unicorn

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