Parlor Tricks: An Elemental Assassin short story has been published in the Carniepunk urban fantasy anthology.
The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions — the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker’s seductive call. It is a place of illusion — is that woman’s beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box?
And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns — or maybe some magic of one’s own.
Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.
Note: Parlor Tricks is also being offered as for 99 cents through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and other online booksellers. Or you can buy the entire anthology, if you want to read all of the stories.
Parlor Tricks takes place after the events of Deadly Sting, but it also serves as a stand-alone adventure with Gin and Bria, so you don’t necessarily have to read Deadly Sting first in order to enjoy the story.