The following books are in our queue for release in 2021. As we finalize formats, covers, author bios, and other details, we’ll update the information on this page.

After the Dragons
A novel by Cynthia Zhang

After the Dragons announcement poster featuring a stone dragon on a black marble background, title, and description.
After the Dragons by Cynthia Zhang is will be published in 2021.

Synopsis

They were fire and terror to the Western world, while in the East the dragons brought life-giving rain. Now, no longer hailed as gods and struggling in the overheated pollution of Beijing, only the Eastern species survives. As drought plagues the aquatic dragons, a mysterious disease—shaolong, or “burnt lung”—afflicts the city’s human inhabitants.

Jaded college student Xiang Kaifei scours Beijing streets for abandoned dragons, distracting himself from his diagnosis. Elijah Ahmed, a biracial American medical researcher, is drawn to Beijing by the memory of his grandmother and her death by shaolong. Interest in Beijing’s dragons leads Kai and Eli into an unlikely partnership. With the resources of Kai’s dragon rescue and Eli’s immunology research, can the pair find a cure for shaolong and safety for the dragons? The spectres of grief and disease hang heavy over their relationship and Eli and Kai must confront old ghosts and hard truths if there is any hope—for themselves or the dragons they love.

Author Bio

Cynthia Zhang has fiction and non-fiction published in Lunch Ticket, Leading Edge, Orca Literary, and Coffin Bell. After the Dragons is her first novel.

Features:

  • Own-voices science fantasy
  • LGBTQ protagonists
  • Dragons

The House of Drought
A novella by Dennis Mombauer

Announcement for Dennis Mombauer's The House of Drought

Synopsis

On the island of Sri Lanka, a colonial mansion stands between the forest and the paddy fields. It has seen inhabitants come and go as the days grow hotter and the harvests fail. It is a dry house, a hungry place that shifts upside-down inside its shell. The house is a labyrinth of banging pipes, of bulging stomachs, and of salt-littered floors. A glass of water opens a doorway here. A running tap attracts the house’s unquenchable thirst.

From the surrounding forest, the Sap Mother watches. She visits the house, squeezes through its holes, and burrows below its foundations, demanding recompense for what was taken from her. THE HOUSE OF DROUGHT is the story of one house’s unwitting inhabitants living between the ravages of colonization and climate change, and a forest spirit that threatens to cut a swathe through the humanity that is replacing the natural world with one of deprivation.

Author Bio

Dennis Mombauer lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he works as a consultant on climate change and as a writer of weird fiction and textual experiments. He is co-publisher of a German magazine for experimental fiction, “Die Novelle – Magazine for Experimentalism.” His first English novel, “The Fertile Clay,” will be published by Nightscape Press in 2021.


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